Guided Turkey Hunt Offered for Physically Disabled Youth

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A private land turkey hunt for five physically disabled youth under 18 years of age is being offered this spring in Ellis County. Applicants must have a permanent physical disability which significantly impairs mobility. A responsible adult (at least 21 years of age) non-hunting partner will be required to accompany each youth to the hunt site. A guide will be provided for assistance during the hunt.

Hunt dates will be during the statewide turkey season on April 23-24 and any birds harvested will count towards the statewide bag limit. Applications should be sent to: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Southwest Region Office, 19333 State Highway 49, Lawton, OK 73507. Application can be by letter or post card and should include the youth's name, address, date of birth, and telephone number, as well as the name of the non-hunting partner.

Deadline for receiving applications is April 4, 2005. Successful applicants will be responsible for purchasing appropriate licenses before arriving at the hunt site. For more information contact: Rod Smith, southwest region wildlife supervisor at (580) 529-2795.