Nineteen disabled hunters participated in a special hunt for wild turkeys at Blue Rock State Forest  in Muskingum County on April 14, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry.
“This pre-season hunt provided an opportunity for disabled hunters to participate in a guided hunt,” said Dave Glass, Blue Rock State Forest manager. “Blue Rock State Forest provides an excellent venue for hunting wild turkeys because of harvesting practices and forest management techniques that have created an ideal habitat for the birds.”
The event was sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) Wheelin’ Sportsmen program, which provides people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The ODNR’s Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife worked with the Y-Bridge Longbeards and other chapters of the NWTF to coordinate the event with donations and volunteer efforts from many local individuals and businesses.
Hunters provided their own shotguns and ammunition, as well as the necessary licenses and permits. Two or more guides were provided for each hunter.
Three turkeys were taken during the event, which had participants ranging in age from 20 to 80. Some of the hunters were in wheelchairs, while others walked with the assistance of canes or braces.
The ODNR’s Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit www.ohiodnr.com/forestry .