Special Deer Hunt for Disabled Hunters

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Approximately 40 outdoor enthusiasts with special disabilities will have the opportunity to hunt deer, participate in field activities and create lasting memories and friendships this fall during Ohio's second annual "Wheelin' Sportsmen" deer hunt. The event, scheduled for November 7-9 on AEP ReCreation lands in Morgan County, is a joint effort between the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), American Electric Power (AEP) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Men or women interested in participating in the program are encouraged to contact AEP's Dave Dingey at 740-962-1205 or Gary Kaster at 740-962-1200 by August 31.

Interested applicants can also mail their name, address, and phone number to "Wheelin' Sportsmen", American Electric Power, 59 West Main Street, McConnelsville, OH 43756. The 40 available openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and successful applicants will be notified in early September.

The NWTF-developed program is open to applicants with any type of physically challenging disability. Each disabled hunter will be paired with an experienced guide who will offer whatever assistance may be needed in the field. Guides and hunters must have a valid Ohio hunting license and a special deer permit.

The special program is dedicated to providing all people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.

Approximately 50 million individuals in the United States have some type of disability. Unfortunately, their opportunities to participate in outdoor activities are often limited. Each Wheelin' Sportsmen event is designed to promote education, good health, character, sportsmanship, recreation, self-esteem and disability awareness.

The Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF program was created by a merger between the NWTF and the Alabama-based Wheelin’ Sportsmen of America. The program strives to assist disabled persons interested in shooting, hunting, fishing, archery and other outdoor activities.

American Electric Power offers more than 30,000 acres of reclaimed land in southern Ohio, known as ReCreation Land, for public recreation at no charge. ReCreation Land offers the public access to more than 350 lakes and ponds and nearly 380 campsites, some equipped with bathrooms, drinking water, picnic shelters and other amenities. Since the program’s beginning, more than 4 million people have visited the area for sightseeing, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and horseback riding.