The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is offering additional deer hunting opportunities at Whitley Creek Recreation Area in Moultrie County for disabled deer hunters holding a state issued P2A card. Disabled hunters will be able to reserve one of 4 blinds in the closed Recreation Area during archery deer season, as well as disabled hunters holding a valid Lake Shelbyville Project Moultrie 2nd shotgun season or Lake Shelbyville Project Moultrie muzzleloader season permit. All four blinds were built by Boy Scouts to earn their Eagle Scout status. Every year a Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities is held at Lake Shelbyville for 25 applicants during Illinois 1st shotgun season. These 4 blinds will allow disabled hunters that didn’t draw into the hunt or that would like to archery hunt to have an easily accessible area in which to deer hunt.
Hunting will be allowed by permit only throughout the archery season (to exclude dates immediately prior to all gun seasons, the youth shotgun season and 1st shotgun season). Reservations will be taken starting September 19th, 2016 and must be made 3 days in advance of the hunt. Each hunter will be allowed to reserve up to 2 days at a time, however, the hunter must have used their reservation before signing up for additional hunt dates.
For additional information contact Natural Resource Specialist Lee Mitchell or Cory Donnel at (217) 774-3951 ext. 7049.