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New Bowhunting Opportunities For The Disabled

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Friday, July 26, 2002

Opportunities for bow hunters with disabilities significantly increased with the new modified archers permit approved last year by the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission.

"The modified archers permit allows a hunter, who meets certain medical criteria, to adapt their bow to accommodate their particular disability," said Ron Aasheim, FWP Conservation Education administrator. "The result is that bowhunting is more accessible to hunters with disabilities."

Bowhunters can learn more about the adaptive equipment and how to use it at a series of workshops in August jointly sponsored by FWP and the Montana Bowhunters Association. Equipment demonstrations will include devices that lock a bow at full draw and other adaptive equipment that allows a bow to be held in shooting position on a wheelchair and to be discharged with a mouth-held device. Six workshops are scheduled across the state:

Kalispell August 5, 5-7 pm FWP Headquarters 490 North Meridian Road

Great Falls August 6, 7-9 pm FWP Headquarters 4600 Giant Springs Road

Helena August 7, 5-8 pm FWP Headquarters 1420 East Sixth Ave

Missoula August 8, 7-9 pm FWP Headquarters 3201 Spurgin Road

Billings August 12, 7-9 pm FWP Headquarters 2300 Lake Elmo Drive

Bozeman August 13, 7-9 pm FWP Headquarters 1400 South 19th

For additional information and to register for a workshop contact Greg Munther, Montana Bowhunters Association, (406) 542-1320 or by email to: flynarrow@aol.com.