Mark Twain Lake Physically Challenged Turkey Hunt

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Mobility-impaired hunters can get help realizing their turkey-hunting dreams through the annual Mark Twain Lake Turkey Hunt for the Physically Challenged.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns and manages Mark Twain Lake, works with local community groups to make the hunt April 30 and May 1 at Indian Creek Recreation Area a memorable experience. Twenty physically challenged hunters get VIP service normally associated with expensive guided hunts.

Participants supply their own guns and ammunition, 20 gauge or larger. A limited number of guides are available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own helpers. Participants can hunt either or both of the event's two days.

To qualify, applicants must be permanently disabled (nonambulatory or semiambulatory), have valid hunter safety certification cards and valid spring turkey hunting permits.

For application materials, contact the Corps of Engineers, Mark Twain Lake, 20642 Highway J, Monroe City, MO 63456, 573/735-4097. Applications must be received by April 1. Reservations will be awarded by random drawing April 5.