Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Announces New Program for Hunters With Permanent Disabilities
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife maintains specially constructed duck blinds and deer stands on many wildlife areas for hunters with disabilities, as well as providing other accommodations. To ensure that hunters with permanent disabilities have preference for use of facilities intended for them, the Division is now requiring hunters to provide documentation of permanent disability. When documentation is received, the Division will issue a Certified Hunter with Disabilities Card for use at hunting check stations.
Documentation of permanent disability can be provided in several ways. Hunters can obtain an application form from the Division to be completed by a licensed physician. A document issued by a Federal Agency such as the Veteran’s Administration or Social Security Administration showing permanent disability also may be used, as well as the Interior Department’s Federal Interagency Access Pass for disabled persons. A third option would be to provide a document issued by a state agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency, which attests that the applicant has been deemed eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation benefits or services as a result of a medically determined permanent disability.
“Our intention is to provide a better level of service to those with permanent disabilities,” said Wildlife Section Administrator Greg Moore. “We want to encourage these hunters to continue their tradition of hunting and make it easier for them to access these facilities.”
The program will officially begin Oct. 7 with the opening of the October muzzleloader deer season. “We know that there may be hunters who will have not heard about the card requirement by that date,” said Ken Reynolds, Program Manager with the Wildlife Section. “If they come out for their first hunt without a card, they will be allowed to participate, but they must obtain the card before their next hunt.”
For more information about the program or to obtain the application form for doctor’s certification, hunters should contact Ken Reynolds at 302-735-3600.