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The Rend Lake Deer Hunt for Individuals with Disabilities

2001 Deer hunt crew
Major Bigelow and hunter Ken Kreher

Lake: Rend Lake, IL

Partners: USACE; Sesser/Valier High School Outdoorsman Club

Partnership Type: Volunteer Agreement

Corps POC: Ray Zoanetti/Randy Cordray

Story: Each fall since 1980 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rend Lake Project, have hosted a white-tailed deer hunt for individuals with disabilities. Usually 25-30 hunters participate. The overall success of the deer hunt is due largely to the assistance of a local high school organization, the Sesser-Valier Outdoorsman’s Club. Through a volunteer agreement, the Outdoorsman’s Club has helped with the hunt since 1982. The club members provide assistance with the hunt by building deer blinds prior to the season opening, assist the disabled hunters to and from their hunting blinds, and provide a variety of other duties according to the special needs of their assigned hunter.

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