Smithville Lake Managed Deer Hunt scheduled

Published Nov. 17, 2015

SMITHVILLE, Mo.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake will host a special deer hunt for disabled hunters on November 21 and 22.

This year commemorates the 26th anniversary of the Annual Managed Deer Hunt which consists of 65 blinds that are accessible by truck in and around designated park areas and Waterfowl Refuge. All hiking and biking trails at Smithville Lake and Smithsfork Park will be closed for the two-day event. This hunt continues to prove a success year after year for many hunters that otherwise would not have the ability to enjoy deer season.

“Throughout our 25-year managed hunt history at Smithville Lake, 1,327 disabled hunters have harvested 1,306 deer; averaging nearly one deer per participant. Applicants apply nationwide hoping to secure a spot in this annual event. We offer 65 hunting blinds, making Smithville Lake’s Managed Deer Hunt the world’s largest,” said Derek Dorsey, Smithville Lake park manager. “The managed deer hunt is vital for us to manage our large deer herd and it provides an excellent opportunity for disabled hunters to return to the outdoors.” 

Participants for managed hunts submit applications and are selected based on their disability. Hunters that use a wheelchair for their primary source of mobility have priority in the drawing. Those selected were notified in October and must purchase all required deer permits.

For more information, please call the Jerry L. Litton Visitor Center at (816) 532-0174.




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Release no. 15-056