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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:
- Clover-Haystack Mt. Area (Roads 6544, 6545 and 944),
- Idaho Gulch Area (Road 1505).
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.
- Silver Valley office, (208) 783-2363.
- Fernan office, (208) 664-2318.
HUNTING — Following is detailed information for disabled hunters interested in signing up for special hunting privileges on six gated roads in the Colville National Forest:
The Colville National Forest in partnership with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are proud to announce the 2013 hunting season routes designated for Disabled Hunter Access and the addition of two non-permanent access platforms to help disabled hunters see over brush.
The 2013 disabled hunter access routes are:
· Betty Creek in Ferry County (12.4 miles in length)
· Boundary Mountain in Ferry County (7.8 miles in length)
· Brewer Mountain of Steven’s County (2.4 miles in length)
· Middle Fork Calispell Creek in Pend Oreille County (10.6 miles in length)
· Mitchell of Stevens County (7.8 miles in length)
· Renshaw in Pend Oreille County (2.8 miles in length)
The Disabled Hunter Access (DHA) program was established to provide high quality hunting opportunities on Colville National Forest (CNF) for hunters with disabilities. The program allows motorized access into a gated road where other hunters must walk in. The overall project is a cooperative effort between the Colville National Forest, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council.
The program does not provide special motorized access to all areas on the CNF, just access to specially designated roads otherwise closed to motor vehicles. DHA hunters and one of their two permitted assistants may harvest any game in season for which they have purchased licenses. Permitted hunters may use the weapons allowed any local hunter for the season such as modern firearm, black powder and archery.
The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council has generously supplied the material and labor to construct and place four 6’x 8’ non-permanent wheelchair accessible platforms and associated ramps along disabled hunter access routes. The platforms will be placed adjacent to routes in areas where thick brush or topography limits the ability for disabled hunters to see game. Two platforms will be placed on the Betty Creek route this year and the other two platforms will be placed on the Brewer Mountain and Ruby Creek route at a later time.
To participate in the program, hunters with disabilities must have a state issued disabled hunters permit and must register and sign-in at any one of the six Colville National Forest offices prior to hunting. Registration and sign-in begins in early August at any Colville National Forest office. Hunters will be asked to provide information about their party and will receive an access permit, maps, and other pertinent information. Hunter information packets will also be available in early August at all Colville National Forest offices. Information is also available on-line at: www.fs.usda.gov/colvilleand http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/road_access.html
For more information applying for an access permit, please contact one of these U.S. Forest Service offices after August 1, 2013:
· Colville NF Supervisor’s Office: 765 South Main Street, Colville, WA 99114
(509) 684-7000, Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
· Three Rivers Ranger District Office: 255 West 11th Street, Kettle Falls, WA 99141
(509) 738-7700, Office hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
· Kettle Falls Regional Information Center:255 W. Third Ave., Kettle Falls, WA 99141
(509) 738-2300, Officer hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
· Republic Ranger District Office: 650 East Delaware Avenue, Republic, WA 99166
(509) 775-7400, Office hours are 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
· Newport Office: 315 North Warren, Newport, WA 99156
(509) 447-7300, Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
· Sullivan Lake Office: 12641 Sullivan Lake Road, Metaline Falls, WA 99153
(509) 446-7500, Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
· BLM / Forest Service Information Center: 1103 N. Fancher, Spokane, WA 99212
(509) 536-1266, Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
HUNTING– Qualificed applicants have until Sept. 30 to sign up in a drawing for special access to hunting areas through the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District’s Hunters with Disabilities Program.
Disabled hunters must sign up in person at either the Forest Service’s Silver Valley Office, (208) 783-2363, in Smelterville or Fernan Office, (208) 664-2318, in Coeur d’Alene.
Applicants must present a Handicapped Person's Motor Vehicle Hunting Permit (orange card), a valid Idaho Disabled Hunting License and a big game tag when signing up.
The Forest Service is allowing motorized access for hunters with disabilities during the General Elk Season, Oct. 10-31 in two areas:
- Clover-Haystack Mountain, Roads 6544, 6545 and 944.
- Idaho Gulch, Road 1505.
The drawing will be held Oct. 1.
The Sandpoint Ranger District also has two areas open for disabled hunters. Applications for opening day hunts must be submitted by noon on Friday (Sept. 28). Info: (208) 263-5111.