Vicksburg, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Louisiana Field Office (LFO) will host its ninth annual physically challenged deer hunt on Saturday, 18 January 2014, at the Columbia Lock and Dam. Eight disabled hunters will be randomly selected to hunt on approximately 400 acres adjacent to the Columbia Lock and Dam located near Columbia, Louisiana. The deadline to apply is 3 January 2014 with eight hunters being selected by random drawing on 6 January 2014.
This special deer hunt is designed to provide an outdoor recreational opportunity to a special group of individuals that have a permanent physical condition that severely impairs their mobility. The hunters will use primitive firearms and be transported by four-wheeled all terrain vehicles to plywood box stands. Some hunters will be accompanied by Corps rangers and volunteers. The Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s office is supplying lunch with various local citizens and businesses donating time and food for the event.
Criteria for Eligibility:
1. Applicants for this hunt must have a valid Louisiana hunting license. A photocopy of the license must accompany the permit application.
2. Applicants must be mobility-impaired individuals. Mobility-impaired is defined as a permanent physical condition that severely impairs one’s mobility by either paralysis or amputation of lower extremities which requires the assistance of a wheelchair, braces, crutches or other similar aids of mobility.
3. Applicants must provide a letter from a physician to verify the conditions that severely impair their mobility without proper assistance. The level of paralysis or amputation must be stated in the letter to verify extent of the applicant’s condition. The physician’s letter must be an official letterhead with an original signature.
4. In case emergency medical assistance is required during the hunt, all applicants must list on the application any special medicine or medical equipment requirements.
The LFO of the Vicksburg District encompasses over 200 miles along the Ouachita River from Camden, Arkansas, to Jonesville, Louisiana, including 24 parks and boat ramps. These parks total over 732,084 visitors annually. For an application packet and information, contact LFO park rangers Joe Haller at 318-381-0482, or Aaron Posner at 318-422-5157.
The LFO website is: http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/LouisianaFieldOffice.aspx