Deer season is an exciting time for Missouri hunters. But for those who are mobility impaired, it can be a frustrating time when it’s difficult – or sometimes impossible- to participate in the hunt.

Kelly Barfoot, of Campbell, and his wife, April Barfoot, are pictured with Kelly's harvest from the mobility impaired managed hunt at Wappapello.

Kelly Barfoot, of Campbell, and his wife, April Barfoot, are pictured with Kelly’s harvest from the mobility impaired managed hunt at Wappapello.

This is why the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Wild Turkey Federation work together to host the annual mobility impaired managed deer hunt at Wappapello.

Of this year’s 19 participants, 15 hunters successfully harvested a deer this past weekend. In order to be selected for the hunt, hunters must be mobility impaired, requiring the aid of braces, crutches or a wheel chair to be mobile.

“We’re pleased that so many of our hunters were able to experience the harvest,” said Meagan Duffee-Yates, MDC wildlife biologist assistant.

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