October 28, 2016

Media Advisory -- Archery Hunts

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center is providing three different opportunities in November for people with disabilities to participate in archery deer hunts.

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the hunts, which take place at Touch of Nature, located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. The hunt schedule, along with other details including opportune times for members of the media to visit to get good photographs, interviews and video, includes:

  • Nov. 1-3, a hunt co-sponsored by Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America Inc., a non-profit organization. Recommended media visit times are between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. any day.
  • Nov. 11-13, a hunt co-sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation/Illinois Wheelin’ Sportsmen. Media are welcome anytime from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12 or 13.
  • Nov. 25-27, a hunt co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Chapter of Safari Club International. Media visits are encouraged between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 or 27.

The annual archery hunts for people with disabilities offer hunters of varying abilities the opportunity to hunt deer with whatever assistance is needed and enjoy spending time with other hunters. All participants must have current hunting permits and licenses and adhere to federal and state guidelines.

When possible, contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at 618/453-1121 or vickil@siu.edu in advance when planning a visit to one of the deer camps.