Providing opportunities to hunt to those that otherwise may not get it is the goal of local Department of Natural Resources officials the last few weeks.
Last weekend at Clinton Lake was the youth pheasant hunt and this weekend will be the annual handicap deer hunt. DNR Conservation Officer John Williamson indicates it allows handicap hunters an opportunity to help keep the deer population down in a highly populated area.
Williamson notes the handicap deer hunt used to be a local event but then DNR began promoting it more and online registration really allowed it to expand.
Williamson says DNR has special blinds for the hunters to use if they are in wheelchairs.
Williamson notes this weekend's hunt is full with a waiting list already in place but those interested in participating next year and getting into that drawing can visit illinois.dnr.gov.