Deer hunt for paraplegic hunters

Each year, volunteers come together to help paraplegic sportsmen and women hunt deer during a special 3-day season.
Paraplegic deer hunter with MassWildlife staff volunteer

 

Season Dates: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2024

Every fall, MassWildlife holds a 3-day deer hunting season for paraplegic hunters. Staff and volunteers help hunters travel to hunting locations across the state. When a hunter shoots a deer, volunteers assist by retrieving, field dressing, transporting, and reporting it.

 

2023 Results:
Congratulations to the 18 hunters who participated in the 2023 hunt. All hunters saw deer and 10 deer were harvested.
As always, this hunt would not be possible without the support of MassWildlife and DCR staff, private landowners in the Berkshires, and our amazing volunteers. 

Hunt history

Each year, about 25–30 paraplegic hunters sign up for the special hunt. For many of these people, it's the only opportunity they have to hunt. The hunt is typically held at 5 sites:

  • The Northern Berkshires
  • The Southern Berkshires
  • The Quabbin Reservation
  • Devens Reserve Forces Training Area in Lancaster
  • Otis/Edwards Military Reservation in Falmouth

Many hunters are able to see deer and several get the opportunity to harvest a deer.

Paraplegic sportsmen and women interested in taking part in the hunt should contact Susan McCarthy at (508) 389-6326.

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