Lake Shelbyville disabled hunt

March 11, 2010 at 05:46 PM

Applications for the 21st Annual Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities, hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville and Illinois Department of Natural Resources at Wolf Creek State Park, are available online at http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Shelbyville/wildlife.htm

Applicants must possess a state-issued disabled person identification card or a disabled veteran identification card.  Applications must be submitted by April 2, 2010 to the Lake Shelbyville Project Office, RR 4, Box 128B, Shelbyville, IL 62565. 

On April 5, 2010, twenty-five (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 75 percent over the last five 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 660 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 Brock Key at (217)774-2513 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).