The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Features

November 14, 2012

Disabled hunters have hunt of a lifetime

THOMSON, Ill. — A deer hunt for sportsmen with disabilities was held recently at the Lost Mound unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

Forty hunters and their assistants participated in the hunt. Twenty-three deer were harvested, which included 16 does and seven bucks.

The hunt began in 2007 and is held one week prior to Illinois’ first firearms deer season. A medical disability is required. The hunt is conducted in areas closed to public hunting due to the ongoing environmental clean-up effort at the Savanna Army Depot in Savanna, Ill.

This hunt has gained national attention. This year, hunters travelled from 10 states that included Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa, Wisconsin, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Georgia and Illinois.

“Success is attributed to the high quality hunting experience and to partnerships. The southern Illinois based Seasons of Hope organization has provided many disabled hunters the opportunity to participate at Lost Mound,” Ed Britton, wildlife refuge manager, said.  

Charlie Ande, of Sun Prairie, Wis., killed the largest deer, an eight-point buck with a field dress weight of 202 pounds. He has multiple sclerosis and hunts from a wheelchair. His hunting partner was Col. Joseph Tirone, the last installation commander at the Savanna Army Depot, which closed in 2000. Tirone recently transferred to the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill.

Personal challenges of the hunters included paraplegics, quadriplegics and amputees. One hunter, a quadriplegic, maneuvered his mounted gun on a target by manipulating a controller box with his chin. When a deer was in the crosshairs, he blew through a tube to engage an electronic trigger to fire the shotgun.

“It was a high quality hunting experience by a special group of sportsmen. Their daily challenges of life were overshadowed by the enthusiasm and determination for deer hunting. They provided both inspiration and encouragement to the staff and volunteers that administered the hunt,” Alan Anderson, Lost Mound site manager, said.

All hunters were provided a box of copper shotgun slugs prior to the hunt and were encouraged to use this non-toxic ammunition. This voluntary program was initiated to reduce the potential for lead poisoning in bald eagles that scavenge on the gut piles that are left in the field.

The disabled and youth deer hunts will be held at Lost Mound next year. For more information, contact the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge office at (815) 273-2732.

1
Text Only
Features
  • 4-23-14 Northey Burkens committed to ag education CLINTON -- As the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey said his department doesn't hand out the Good Farm Neighbor Award arbitrarily. Only 10 acknowledgements are bestowed each year. On Wednesday, the honor went to a worthy family in Clinton C

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-22-14 CCC Pay it Forward Week CCC gives back to community CLINTON -- A community college is defined as a junior college offering a higher education to people living in a particular area. For the staff, faculty and students at Clinton Community College the definition of community plays a much bigger role tha

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kness photo Leader, wife run on in fight against cancer FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Fort Bragg Soldier Col. Lenny Kness, chief of staff, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), is an avid runner. So, it was no surprise in October 2011 that he would stay the course, as planned many months before, and run the Army Ten M

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-21-14 Ash Borer AP photo Horticulturalists: Infestation of Emerald Ash Borer 'inevitable'

    CLINTON - Not everyone at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum can remember what happened to local horticulture in the late 1960s. They've all heard stories, though, about how Dutch Elm Disease laid waste to scores of trees across the Midwest. Now another infes

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Women on Fire event is Wednesday at Vista Grande CLINTON -- For many years, women in business have been honored in the city of Clinton, but on Wednesday, they have a night all their own. The Women are on Fire event will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Vista Grande in Clinton and will offer an oppo

    April 19, 2014

  • Paul Miller Scout master keeps Troop 74 going strong CLINTON -- Scout Master Paul Miller loves the outdoors, camping, fishing and scouting. For the past 13 years, Paul, of Clinton, has led this area's only Boy Scout troop for challenged individuals, Troop 74. While a typical troop allows boys ages 11

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • World Book Night A big love for books CLINTON -- Sharing a love for books is something members of the Clinton Public Library have always promoted and embraced. On Wednesday, they will join the rest of the world in spreading that love throughout communities. World Book Night, which conve

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17-14 Trees forever photo 2 Let it grow (with Video)

    CLINTON - A new generation of trees will be planted by a young generation of Irish. Wednesday during class, Lisa Golden's Prince of Peace Prep third-graders continued their year-long biology education with the help of Clinton's Trees Forever organiza

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Communities prep for hunts CLINTON -- Easter weekend is nearly here and two local organizations are calling all children for the hunting event of the year -- Easter egg hunting that is. Both Camanche and Fulton, Ill., will host Easter egg hunts Saturday, each at different time

    April 17, 2014

  • Women's Expo set for Tuesday at Wild Rose CLINTON -- It is time again to gather the girlfriends and head out to the Ultimate Spring Women's Expo at the Wild Rose Event Center in Clinton. The third annual expo from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, hosted by the Clinton Herald, offers an opportuni

    April 14, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook