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News Special deer hunt for paraplegic hunters

Since 1972, MassWildlife has offered paraplegic hunters the opportunity to participate in a special 3-day hunting season.
11/15/2017
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Paraplegic deer hunter with MassWildlife staff and deer

Since 1972, MassWildlife has offered paraplegic hunters the opportunity to participate in a special 3-day hunting season. Staff and volunteers place hunters in safe areas at several hunt locations in the state. When a hunter shoots a deer, volunteers assist the hunter by retrieving the deer, field dressing it, and getting it checked in on site.

This year's hunt was held November 24, 2017 at five sites statewide in the Northern Berkshires, the Southern Berkshires, the Quabbin Reservoir, Devens Reserve Forces Training Area in Lancaster, and Otis/Edwards Military Reservation in Falmouth. Sixteen hunters participated in this year's hunt and 3 deer were harvested (1 button buck and 2 bucks) for a 19% success rate. Many hunters saw deer and a good time was had by all.

“I’ve been honored to coordinate this hunt for the past 17 years assisting hunters in a recreational opportunity that they enjoy," said Trina Moruzzi, state coordinator for the hunt. "The hunt was yet another success due to the assistance and partnership of many volunteers, MassWildlife staff, DCR staff, and Military personnel at both Devens RFTA and Otis/Edwards MMR.”

Next year’s hunt will be held November 13, 2018. For more information please contact MassWildlife Field Headquarters at (508) 389-6300.

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.

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