SAVANNA, Ill. — The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is again accepting applications for the youth deer hunt at the Lost Mound Unit.
The initial application period ended Aug. 1 but only 26 children applied for the 40 available hunt sites. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 1. Resident and non-resident youth can apply.
The special deer hunt for youth, ages 10-15, is conducted within designated closed areas of Lost Mound.
All children must be accompanied by an adult able-bodied attendant that is capable of tracking and retrieving a deer. The youth hunters, attendants and any accompanying individuals must attend a mandatory safety orientation session being held.
The session is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Manny’s Pizza, 211 Main St., followed by a visit to the hunt area.
The youth hunt will be held Oct. 12-13 which coincides with the Illinois Youth Either Sex Deer Hunt. A Jo Daviess County Deer Permit must be obtained and brought to the orientation.
Youth must have completed a state-certified hunter education course.
Additional information on the Lost Mound deer hunt can be obtained at the Refuge office located at 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, Ill., or by calling the office at (815) 273-2732.