To the Editor:
Recently, 25 people experienced an event they will remember the rest of their lives. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, was part of nine-day special deer hunting season for youth and disabled sports-persons. Those 25 hunters were 16 or younger or had certifi-cation that they were disabled. Ten of them, including a 16-year-old “Little Brother” on his first deer hunt, harvested deer.
This is the 11th year of the Tuttle Creek Lake Area Assisted Deer Hunt. Representatives from the Riley County Fish and Game Association, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake met frequently for months to plan and recruit the resources necessary to make this happen.
Three weeks before the event, the Fancy Creek Shooting Range opened so the hunters could demonstrate their proficiency with a firearm. Safety was the highest priority.
At 5 a.m. Sept. 7, everyone gathered for biscuits and gravy provided by our generous spon-sors. Then hunters and guides scattered to wooden blinds and pop-up tent blinds in areas deer are known to frequent.
Some hunters harvested deer Saturday morning, others that evening. Some of the remaining hunters took deer Sunday. Harvested deer were taken to the Clay Center Locker, GTB Custom Meats in Riley and the Alta Vista Locker for processing. Each of these facilities agreed to process deer for free for hunters who could not afford it.
I would like to thank our many sponsors: Riley County Fish and Game Association, Kansas State Rifle Association, Tuttle Creek Lake Association, Friends of Fancy Creek Range, Kansas City Chapter of Safari Club Inter-national, Brooks Yamaha and the three lockers mentioned above. I would also like to thank landowners who permitted us to use their land and the volunteer guides who gave up their weekends so others could enjoy the camaraderie, the outdoors and the thrill of the hunt!
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Tuttle Creek Lake