Rice Lake NWR Annual Disabled Deer Hunt (MN) – Call for Applications

Hunters from the 2015 hunt.

Hunters from the 2015 hunt.

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Rice Lake Refuge, is pleased to announce that applications for the annual deer hunt for people with disabilities are ready to be released. The dates of the hunt will be October 5th – 8th, 2017. This hunt will be open for buck or doe.

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located five miles south of McGregor, Minnesota on Hwy 65. McGregor is located approximately mid-way between Brainerd and Duluth. The Refuge is large (18,000 acres), offering hunters varied terrain from which to hunt. The habitat is a mix of upland deciduous forest, tamarack and black spruce bog, to lowland hardwood forest. The maximum number of hunters who can participate is twelve.

Hunters are responsible for travel to and from the refuge, sleeping accommodations while at the hunt, purchasing their license, and providing for their personal needs such as warm clothes, guns, ammo, personal care attendants, etc. Hunt organizers will assist hunters with

Hunting getting assistance sighting in.

A hunter getting assistance sighting in.

getting from the refuge headquarters to and from their hunting site, providing volunteers to assist with the handling of the animal after it is shot (if requested), and meals. Meals will consist of a noon meal prior to hunting and an evening meal once the hunter has come back from hunting. If more applications are received than spots available, then applicants will be selected based on severity of disability and hunting experience as a person with a disability. If all is equal, a random drawing will take place.

Anyone interested in applying for this year’s hunt should request an application* packet by calling Walt Ford, Refuge Manager, at 218-768-2402.

*Completed applications must be postmarked by September 1, 2017.

Al Goeden of Grand Rapids with the nice buck he got at a past hunt.

Al Goeden of Grand Rapids with the nice buck he got at a past hunt.