Disabled Sportsmen to Hunt at Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge
On November 15-18, disabled outdoorsmen and women will embark on a first-class deer hunt through the Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF outreach program. The hunt will be held at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge near Saginaw, Michigan.
"The quality of the game that is seen and harvested at the Shiawassee refuge is some of the finest in Michigan," said Vicki Bishop Kennedy, event coordinator for the deer hunt. Hunters will check in at the refuge on Saturday, November 15 beginning at 5 a.m. Disabled participants can arrive at their leisure and will be assigned to a blind. Each hunter will be paired with an able-bodied partner for the hunt. USA Outback and host, Denny Snyder, will film the hunt to air on the Outdoor Channel.
"Our primary purpose is to make outdoor sporting opportunities available to disabled men and women," said Kirk Thomas, national coordinator of Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF. "And when you can accomplish that in a setting like the Shiawassee refuge, it's a great pleasure for me and the folks that participate in our program."
The event is a result of an agreement between Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to hold outdoor events on national wildlife refuges. Officials from both groups will also provide information on the many opportunities that the NWTF outreach program and the Refuge System provide. The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, also known as the Shiawassee Flats, encompasses 9,427 acres. Seventy-five percent of the refuge is wetland and bottomland hardwood habitat.
For more information about the deer hunt, directions or registration contact Vicki Bishop Kennedy at (616) 822-5218.