Stockton Lake to host annual managed deer hunt

Published Oct. 27, 2016
2 deer stand in a hayfield around the lake.

A buck and doe stand in a hayfield around the lake.

STOCKTON, Mo., — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Stockton Lake and The Stockton Lions Club will host the 19th Annual Stockton Lake Managed Deer Hunt for people with physical disabilities Nov. 5 and 6, 2016, in Hawker Point, Masters and Orleans Trail South parks.

The hunt is limited to people with disabilities, or those permanently confined to wheelchairs, walkers, canes or crutches. Using a random drawing for those that met the selection criteria, 20 individuals were selected for this managed hunt.

To maintain a high level of safety, Hawker Point and Orleans Trail South parks will close Oct. 31 and will reopen Nov. 8. Individuals planning activities in these areas should consider other options around the lake.

"Each year about 20 to 25 hunters take part in this tradition," says Thad Cheaney, Stockton Lake park ranger. "We have a great program in place for mobility-impaired hunters and traditionally allow them access to closed park areas the weekend prior to opening firearms deer season. This program would not be possible without generous contributions and volunteers from the community, Stockton Lions Club and the Missouri Department of Conservation."

For questions concerning the Stockton Lake Managed Deer Hunt, how to volunteer in various capacities or future hunt information, contact the Stockton Lake project office at (417) 276-3113.

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Release no. #PA-2016-52