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Arkabutla Lake hosts 29th annual deer hunt for hunters with physical disabilities

Published Nov. 14, 2019

VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s Arkabutla Lake Field Office is hosting deer hunts for hunters with physical disabilities Dec. 5-8 at Arkabutla Lake, which is located approximately 35 miles north of Marks, Mississippi.

The field office will host two separate hunts, each lasting two days (Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 7-8). Participants must be quadriplegic, paraplegic or ambulatory with the use of leg braces or crutches. 

During last year’s hunt, 43 participants harvested a total of 25 deer. For more information about the hunt, or if you would like to volunteer to help with the hunt, please contact Ernie Lentz at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at (662) 562-6261.

Arkabutla Lake is one of four Mississippi flood control reservoirs in the USACE Vicksburg District’s area of responsibility. Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada and Sardis lakes were authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936, which provided a plan designed to address flooding that originated in the Yazoo Basin. The four reservoirs are used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure. With approximately 3.2 million visitors each year, the north Mississippi lakes also contribute approximately $82 million into the local economy. 

USACE is the world’s largest public engineering organization and has a firm commitment to preserving and enhancing our natural environment. USACE is the largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation in the nation. The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. 


Jessica Dulaney

Release no. 19-034