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Apply now for disabled hunt in Rice Lake Refuge near McGregor

Deadline to apply is Sept. 3 for the hunt Oct. 6-9.

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Disabled hunters can sign up now for a special hunt in the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge near McGregor.
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MCGREGOR — Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge will host a special deer hunt for disabled hunters Oct. 6-9. Interested hunters must apply for a special permit by Sept. 3.

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located 5 miles south of McGregor on Minnesota Highway 65, about an hour west of Duluth. The refuge covers about 18,000 acres offering hunters varied terrain from which to hunt. The habitat is a mix of upland deciduous forest, tamarack and black spruce bog and lowland hardwood forest.

The maximum number of hunters who can participate is 15. Hunters may take a buck or doe.

Hunters are responsible for travel to and from the refuge and all other necessities, including lodging. Hunt organizers will assist hunters with getting from the refuge headquarters to and from their hunting site, providing volunteers to assist with the handling of the animal after it is shot if requested and lunch and dinner.

Deer hunting will only be allowed between noon and a half-hour after sunset. If more applications are received than spots available, applicants will be selected based on severity of disability and hunting experience. If all is equal, a random drawing will take place.


Contact Walt Ford, refuge manager, for a hunting application by emailing walt_ford@fws.gov or by calling 218-768-2402, ext. 100. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 3.

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