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Posted on Sun, Oct. 10, 2004

Handicapped hunting rules are changed

Associated Press

WAUBAY, S.D. - The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has changed the rules governing hunting by handicapped individuals in an attempt to open up the sport to more people.

Disabled hunters may apply for a permit that allows them to lawfully shoot game animals from a stationary motor vehicle.

Commission members voted at a meeting here Thursday to change the name of the permit from "Special Paraplegic/amputee Permit" to "Disabled Hunter Permit."

Under the new regulations, eligibility for the permit will be much less restrictive, said Emmett Keyser, assistant director of operations for the Division of Wildlife. The new law includes "good, clear definitions" of what constitutes a disability.

Among the list of nine eligibility criteria, the permit will be available "to any person who is physically unable to walk without the assistance of another person, prosthetic aid, brace, crutch or other device that is intended to support or assist the person while walking." People diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder, such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis, also are eligible.


Information from: Watertown Public Opinion,

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