Georgia DNR expands focus on accessible opportunities

Georgia DNR's annual Hunt and Learn experience in North Central Georgia's Newton County is a specialty hunt designed for first time deer hunters with mobility issues who find walking through the woods a challenge.(Georgia DNR photo)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that it is expanding its accessible hunting opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The agency hosted its third adaptive hunt since 2021 this month. DNR paired five hunters and a hunting buddy with a guide for the agency’s two-day Hunt and Learn experience on private property in Newton County.

DNR Commissioner Walter Rabon says this is part of a broader effort to make hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities more accessible for all Georgians.

“Numerous barriers exist to getting involved in hunting and fishing and even more so for those with mobility impairments,” says Commissioner Rabon. “We’re proud of our adaptive hunt program, which seeks to remove many of these hurdles, giving more people the ability to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Attendees of the adaptive hunt program have the opportunity to practice time at the rifle range and participate in a deer hunt. DNR’s Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center hosts the event in collaboration with All-Terrain Georgia. This collaboration has enabled the development of innovative all-terrain wheelchairs that can navigate a variety of obstacles. These wheelchairs allow hunters with mobility impairments to better navigate the woods to a specialized hunting blind.

The adaptive hunt program has provided 20 mobility-impaired hunters with the opportunity to hunt since 2021.

For more information about the program, contact Bruce.thomas@dnr.ga.gov.

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