(WWJ) There's a special hunt this weekend — the first deer hunt of the 2020 season — for a select group of hunters in Michigan.
Michigan’s Liberty Hunt, a firearm deer hunt on private or public lands for youth and hunters with disabilities, is back statewide Sept. 12-13.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says those 16 or younger and eligible hunters with disabilities can join the hunt, sponsored by Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors.
Something new this year: The weekend is open to hunters who are deaf or hard of hearing, a Liberty Hunt qualification that was added at the request of the DNR Accessibility Advisory Council.
“People with disabilities can experience difficulties with mobility, climbing into a tree stand, sighting in game, hearing game approaching or holding a firearm,” said Hannah Schauer, DNR Wildlife Division education and communications coordinator. “The Liberty Hunt provides opportunities for veterans and others to get outdoors and try a new sport or continue to enjoy one they love.”
A list of qualifying criteria is available in the 2020 Hunting Digest or at Michigan.gov/DNRAccessibility.
Some locations offer track chairs, elevated hunting blinds or hunting blinds equipped with adaptive gear.
Valid licenses for this hunt include a deer, deer combo or antlerless deer license or a deer management assistance permit. Antler point restrictions do not apply. This hunt’s bag limit is one deer.
The next deer hunt on the schedule is Early Antlerless Firearm, Sept. 19-20, 2020. See the full schedule HERE.
Questions? Send an email to DNR-Wildlife@Michigan.gov.