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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 2–4, 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 1–3, 2018. For more information please contact MassWildlife Field Headquarters at (508) 389-6300.