Missouri Hosts Special Hunt for Mobility Impaired

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Missourians who want to hunt doves but hesitate because of mobility impairments can put aside their reservations and pick up their shotguns. The Conservation Department and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) are sponsoring a special event for disabled hunters Sept. 2 at Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area in Mississippi County.

Event organizer Larry Neal said the event draws participants from all over the state. Typically scheduled on the first weekend of dove season, the hunt provides fast shooting for participants. Up to 15 hunters can take part in the event, shooting in an area reserved for their use. Members of the NWTF serve as guides, helping hunters get to and from the field and retrieving downed birds. Participating hunters are enrolled as members in the NWTF's Wheelin' Sportsmen Program.

Participants should plan to arrive at Ten Mile Pond CA headquarters before 6 a.m. They need small-game and migratory-bird hunting permits and hunter education certification cards. For reservations, call Neal, (573) 334-8881, or Tim Hendershott, (573) 335-9350.