Home Outdoor education SIU’s Touch of Nature Hosts World’s Largest Disabled Hunt November 11-13

SIU’s Touch of Nature Hosts World’s Largest Disabled Hunt November 11-13

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CHRISTI MATHIS SIU Media Services

CARBONDALE – Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, the experiential learning center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will host what organizers believe will be the largest accessible hunt in the state of Illinois in 2022. About 30 hunters with disabilities, along with their aides, will be traveling to the facility from all over the Midwest to participate in the Nov. 11-13 event, and media are invited to cover it.

Make deer hunting accessible

Participating hunters will receive assistance as needed with all aspects of their bow deer hunt, including transportation to and from tree stands and blinds and assistance with tracking, retrieval and handling of the game. On-site trackchairs will allow hunters to experience maximum independence, organizers say.

Partnerships make the event possible

Several organizations are coming together to make hunting for people with disabilities possible. Partners for this year’s event include the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Additionally, Halfmoon Outdoors provides Action Trackchairs.

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For more information

To learn more about the hunt or arrange a visit at another time, contact Lindsay Meverden, Inclusive Recreation Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or 618-453-3954.