Apply now to host deer hunt for the disabled

It's time to start thinking about helping the disabled with this fall's deer hunt.

MADISON - Sponsors and landowners interested in hosting a gun hunt for deer hunters with disabilities in Wisconsin are reminded that the deadline to submit an application is June 1. Both landowners and those hunters with a Disability Hunting Permit can enroll in the Gun Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities Program, which helps provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy hunting in Wisconsin. The 2019 deer hunt for hunters with disabilities will take place Oct. 5 to 13.

For an online application, search the DNR website,, for keywords "disabled deer hunt." If sponsors do not have access to an online application, please contact Matthew Gross at 608-261-7588 for a physical copy. Sponsoring landowners should own at least 60 acres of land and must allow opportunity for at least three disabled hunters to use their land during the disabled deer hunt.

In 2019, 81 landowners made more than 78,000 acres of land available to hunters with disabilities. Sponsors and landowners provided opportunities for more than 360 disabled hunters to get out into the field and enjoy the outdoors.

"We've simplified the application process for sponsors, and we're here to help with any questions about the program and how to apply," said Gross. "Hunters with disabilities are able to see which properties are enrolled in the hunt and contact sponsors sooner than in previous years. Our sincere gratitude goes out to all of the hunt sponsors, landowners and volunteers."

A full list of landowners sponsoring a hunt will be available on DNR website after June 1. Qualified hunters are encouraged to contact sponsors soon after the list is made available.