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HUNTING — Disabled hunters can sign up through Sept. 30 for a lottery to access roads otherwise closed to the public on the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District.
Applicants must come to the Smelterville or Fernan offices in person with a Handicapped Person's Motor Vehicle Hunting Permit (orange card), Idaho Disabled Hunting License and an Idaho deer or elk tag to be elligible for the drawing.
The Forest Service is allowing motorized access for hunters with disabilities during the General Elk Season (Oct. 10 – Oct. 31) in the following two areas:
A random drawing will be held at the District's Silver Valley Office on Oct. 1, after which all applicants chosen will be notified with the dates for which they were selected.
Selected hunters will be allowed two consecutive days to hunt within one of the two disabled hunting areas.
Those not chosen will be placed on a waiting list, and thus given a chance to hunt if there are cancellations.
Both District Offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HUNTING — Handicapped hunters in the Inland Northwest are making inroads to decent hunting opportunities on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests as well the Colville National Forest and two timberland companies.
Deadlines are approaching to sign up for several of the opportunities to drive motorized vehicles behind otherwise locked gates.
Hunters with certified disabilities can apply for access to hundreds of miles of otherwise closed roads on the Colville National Forest and Idaho Panhandle forests as well as Forest Capital Partners lands.
Inland Empire Paper Company also participates, although the road access is not exclusive to handicapped hunters.
The program allows hunters with disabilities to use a motorized vehicle on the designated roads, which are usually closed to motorized use year-round.
Several special platforms are being built by Inland Northwest Wildlife Council volunteers to accommodate hunters in wheelchairs at specially selected sites.
The Sandpoint Ranger District holds a drawing to select disabled hunters for special access behind gates on three roads during big-game seasons. The deadline to apply is Sept. 28.
The deadline to apply for access to roads on the Coeur d’Alene District is Sept. 30.
Generally, hunters must provide a copy of their disabled hunting license and handicapped vehicle hunting permit, make, model and year of the vehicle to be used, and the name of the hunting assistant.
Washington contacts include:
Idaho contacts include:
Read on for details on disabled hunter programs on the Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene Ranger Districts: