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Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge hosts youth and disabled hunt

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Hunters gathering before going to their hunting blinds Hunters gathering before going to their hunting blinds
Bob Bush checking hunters in. Bob Bush checking hunters in.
Two bucks walking near the check in station just after daylight Two bucks walking near the check in station just after daylight

WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- Fifty hunters from across the state are in southern Illinois to take part in a lottery only hunt at Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge. Hunting in the Refuge is restricted except for first firearm deer season, when youth and hunters with disabilities are allowed special access.

Neil Vincent with the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge says a lottery system is used to select the participants. There are 25 hunters with disabilities and 25 youth selected. Hunters apply for the special hunt in April each year.

Vincent says volunteers like Bob Bush who's helped for more than 30 years are the backbone of the hunt. He says without them it wouldn't be possible. Volunteers help scout the land, build blinds, make shooting paths and help hunters recover their game.

Information about the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge is available on their website.

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