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Event gives disabled hunters a crack at deer

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Some wheelchair-using deer hunters can still get out and pursue the sport they love.
It happens through a program started about 20 years ago in the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Pierre.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started the Oahe Downstream Disabled Hunt and the state Department of Game, Fish & Parks joined in 2002 as a co-partner.
Russ Somsen with the corps helped organize it and says the first year or two had about five or six hunters. He tells the Capital Journal now it's about twice that number.
Twelve tags are available - six antlerless and six for any deer. One of each type of tag is open to non-resident hunters with a disability. The others are limited to South Dakotans.

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