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Alabama Guard partners with Department of Conservation for disabled hunters programStory and photo by Bernard Tucker, Fort McClellan Game Management Office
Twenty-four physically disabled hunters from across Alabama participated in a deer hunt hosted by the Alabama Army National Guard on Pelham Range, Jan. 18, 2017. The Alabama National Guard partnered with the Alabama Department of Conservation to host this hunt as part of the department’s Hunters with Physical Disabilities Hunting Trail. Hunters arrived on Pelham Range and were escorted by staff members to hunting locations on the range. The hunters also shared lunch with Soldiers and civilian staff members of the Alabama National Guard.
Despite the warm weather and rain, this year’s hunt was successful with two bucks being harvested. All of the participants had encounters with wildlife and enjoyed their opportunity to observe the land stewardship of the Alabama Guard. Many of the participants return annually and eagerly look forward to this special event each year.
This hunt has become an excellent opportunity for the Alabama National Guard to positively interact with the community by providing a quality hunting experience to hunters with a physical disability and to showcase its dedication to natural resource management.
Photo: Hunt participant Ronnie Brown harvested one of two
bucks taken during the hunt, Jan. 18, 2017, on Pelham Range.