Wisconsin Goose Island Deer Hunt Permits Available

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Physically challenged people who want to participate in a December hunt to control deer numbers at Goose Island Park can secure applications from the North American Squirrel Association. The hunt, designed for the physically challenged, will take place on Dec. 9 and 10.

Biologists and managers at the Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and officials from La Crosse County and Town of Shelby have collaborated to provide the hunt as a way to deal with deer overpopulation on the island.

The managed hunt is being administered by the North American Squirrel Association (NASA), a local non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the physically challenged to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities.

The association will be collecting applications for the hunt from anyone who possesses a Class A, long term B or Class C disabled permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources. Applications can be found on the association’s Web site at www.nasasquirrel.org/event_updates.php and are due by Oct. 31, 2006. Thirty participants will be randomly drawn to participate in the hunt. Selected participants will be contacted by NASA in early November.

Information about applying for a disabled hunter application from the Department of Natural Resources is available on the Wisconsin DNR Web site http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/cs/disabled.htm.

More information about the application process and NASA is available at the organization's Web site www.nasasquirrel.org, representatives can be contacted at (608) 781-3100 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Specific details of the managed hunt at Goose Island are available from Ron Lichtie, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologist, at (608) 785-9992 or by e-mail at [email protected].