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Wolf Creek offers deer hunt for disabled hunters

March 11, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Click here for applications for the 20th annual Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities, hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wolf Creek State Park.

Applicants must possess a state-issued disabled person identification card or a disabled veteran identification card. 

Applications must be submitted by April 3, 2009 to the Lake Shelbyville Project Office, RR 4, Box 128B, Shelbyville, IL 62565. 

On April 6, 2009, 25 applicants will be selected by drawing to participate in the hunt during the first Illinois firearm season. Past hunt participants have enjoyed morning and afternoon hunts from ground blinds and elevated stands, catered meals for the three-day event, free lodging, and an average harvest success rate of 81 percent over the last four years.

Participants have traveled from as far as California to participate in the hunt.

Without the help of volunteers this event would not be possible. Last year, volunteers performed approximately 700 hours of service to help make the hunt a successful experience for individuals that might not get this type of hunting opportunity anywhere else. Some of the tasks carried out by volunteers included getting hunters to and out of their blinds, carrying the hunter’s gear, handling harvested deer, and setting up meals. 

For further information on this event or if you would like to volunteer for this event please contact Park Ranger Cory Donnel at (217)774-2513 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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These types of hunts are absolutely great. My hat’s off to all those who voluteer to make these hunts possible. Wolf Creek has a huge population of deer and not only does the hunt help with the deer population control problem, the park has experienced for years, it also allows an oppurtunity not available to many disabled hunters.
This does bring up some questions -
Why must hunters travel from California for this hunt? I’m sure we could find 25 hunters from right here in Central Illinois to fill those spots. In fact if the Corp of Engineers put a little note in the Decatur, Springfield, Champaign, Mattoon or Taylorville newspapers the hunt would have more applicants than necessary to fill those spots.
The park is an ILLINOIS State Park. The park ground is owned by the Corp of Engineers and leased to the State.  I’m sure most of you remember this park was closed by the former Governor of Illinois and then re-opened by Governor Quinn. Where was the corps back then?
Will the Non-resident hunters who draw into the Wolf Creek Hunt recieve a non-resident permit along with the right to hunt?
Maybe the Corps is considered an outfitter and will get a guarnteed permit for Non-residents. In fact they probably should have an outfitters permit. They are providing food, lodging, transportation to and from blinds. That all falls under Ad Rule 640 controling outfitters and I don’t see exemption for a government agency.
In fact, there are several questions to be answered by someone.
This brings back another blunder by the Corp of Engineers a few years ago. For the fall early season goose hunt held the first week in September they proposed shooting geese from the 9th Street Beach right below the dam at Lake Shelbyville. They did propose closing the beach to all swimming during the hunt!
My wife killed that one with one phone call. “That beach was baited with corn curls last weekend.”
Please do not take thses comments as making light of a serious issue such as disabled hunts. I’m just pointing out a problem that exists in all forms of government. This one just happens to involve a huge issues boiling accross the state - Non-resident hunting and outfitters.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/12 at 07:02 AM

Here is an update on the above news release concerning the disabled deer hunt at Lake Shelbyville.
According to Corey Donnel, Natural Resource Specialist at Lake Shelbyville the hunt is not limited to Wolf Creek State Park. There are 12 blinds built for the hunt located in Wolf Creek Park. Not all of those will be hunted each day. The hunt will take place during the 1st shotgun season only.
Other parks that will be hunted are Possum Creek, Coon Creek, Lithia Springs, Wilborn Creek, Bow Woods and Lone Point. Wolf Creek is the only state park included in the hunt and that part of the hunt is a joint venture between the Corps and the IDNR.
Donnel stated this is the 4th or 5th year of a disabled hunt of this magnitude. Formerly the Wilborn Creek Park area was utilized. 2009 will be the 20th year for a disabled hunt or some type at the Lake Shelbyville Project.
Historically they recieve one or two appications from hunters from out of state. As they are a Federal Agency they can not limit residency to Illinois Residents. Permit applications are furnished hunters successful in the drawing and are drawn from a pool of “disabled deer hunt permits.”
Walmart Foundation and the NRA furnish grants for meals and other expenses. The Corps furnishes their Okaw Bluffs Group Camp for lodging for the hunters.
Some of the included facilities will be closed to other activities such as camping and boat launching on the days of the hunt. The Corp will issue a news release as to which facilities will be closed.
Wolf Creek Camp Ground will not be affected by the hunt.
Thumbs up to the Corps, IDNR, Walmart, the NRA and everyone involved in making this possible.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/12 at 11:29 AM

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