The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says more handicapped Iowans will get a chance to hunt with a grant the department’s received from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.D-N-R enforcement officer Rod Slings says the seven-thousand dollar grant is being used to purchase a “Hunt Master.” The Hunt Master is a blind that can hold a wheelchair and be elevated. The D-N-R purchased it’s first Hunt Master last year. Slings says the first Hunt Master allowed many handicapped Iowans to hunt for the first time. He says it is literally “opening the door to the outdoors”, as it allows a helper to sit in the blind as it lifts 20 feet off the ground. He says they got the first one late last year, and a 14-year-old hunter used it to kill his first deer. Slings says they look forward to getting the new unit.He says its ordered and they hope to have it here by the deer gun season in December. The first unit is being used in northeast Iowa.
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