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THOMSON, Ill. — Applications for the special deer hunt at Lost Mound are still available.

Two managed deer hunts, one for youth (ages 10-17) and one for adults with disabilities (18 and older), are conducted within designated closed areas of Lost Mound. All hunters must be accompanied by an adult able-bodied attendant that is capable of tracking and retrieving a deer.

The application period extends through July 31 and is open to residents and non-residents. All applications will be entered into a random drawing for the 35 hunt sites at 10 a.m. Aug. 8, which will be held at the Upper Mississippi Refuge office in Thomson. The drawing is open to the public and applicants do not have to be present.

All hunters, attendants and any accompanying individuals must attend a mandatory safety orientation with two sessions being held Saturday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Nov. 9. Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna, Illinois, followed by a visit to the hunt area.

The youth hunt will be held Oct. 6-7 which coincides with the Illinois Youth Either Sex Deer Hunt. A Jo Daviess County deer permit must be obtained and brought to the orientation. All youth must show certification of completion of a state approved hunter safety course.

The hunt for adults with disabilities will be held Nov. 10-11, which is the Saturday and Sunday prior to the Illinois Firearms Deer First Season. A minimum P2a Illinois disability classification (or similar disability certification from non-resident states) is required. Wheelchair-bound and amputee hunters will receive priority selection for hunt sites. A Jo Daviess County deer permit is not needed in order to apply for this hunt, as this permit is provided by the Refuge.

Application and regulations can be downloaded at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/visit/permits.html or picked up at the Refuge office. For further questions, contact the Refuge office at (815) 273-2732