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Disabled Youth Hunt Accepting Applications

Courtesy PDF Disabled Youth Hunt

Applications are being accepted for the 9th annual P-D-R Disabled Youth Hunt…set to take place this September in Clark. As SDPB’s Jim Kent reports, the event gives disabled adolescents and teens a chance to get out in the field and actually hunt a whitetail deer.
Dean Rasmussen founded the Disabled Youth Hunt after he and his adult son met a young disabled hunter who’d never shot a deer.

 “And we took him up here and…unbelievable,” recalls Rasmussen. “ My son actually guided him that day. And the young man killed a deer. And from the look and the expression on his face…and the joy that we saw…we knew that we had to do something to try to bring that to other children that had disabilities.”

Rasmussen named the hunt in memory of his grandson, Payton Dean Rasmussen, who died of spinal meningitis. What started out as a small gathering for 3 disabled youth has grown into a community-wide effort involving the residents of Clark and the surrounding area.

The P-D-R group offers the expenses paid white tail deer hunt to physically disabled - Native and non-Native youth aged 12 to 18…including wheelchair-enabled hunters

Up to ten youth are accepted for the hunt set to take place on prime private land in Clark, South Dakota. They and a or guardian will receive lodging, accommodations, meals and a guided hunting adventure.

The P-D-R Disabled Youth Hunt takes place from September 16 through the 18.

NOTE: Details and application forms are available on Facebook at: