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26TH Annual Platte Pheasant Hunt 2021

Clarence Blunck (PVA Member) originally organized this pheasant hunt in 1994 and continued the tradition until his unfortunate passing in 2021. Jeff Blunck (Clarence’s Son) and Richard Hoppe (Commander Legion Post 115) wanted to continue Clarence’s vision of extending the opportunity for disabled veterans to experience pheasant hunting and enjoying the outdoors.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter disabled hunters attended the 26th Annual Pheasant Hunt in Platte, SD on 04-06 November 2021. Twenty-five (25) Hunters participated in the two-day hunt. The hunters were welcomed Thursday night at the Legion Post 115 with the Ladies auxiliary providing a social and supper meal. Friday consisted of breakfast at the Community Center and the hunters breaking into two groups for the hunt. The Local community hosted the annual auction and supper at the community center on Friday night. Saturday consisted of breakfast at the community center and another great day of Pheasant hunting.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter would like to thank the entire Platte Community for another wonderful pheasant hunt. The PVA hunters want to express their sincere appreciation to the Platte Community, American Legion Post 115, Ladies Auxiliary, Volunteers, and Landowners who helped make the 26th Annual PVA Pheasant Hunt a huge success.

9th Annual Doug Brown Memorial Pheasant Hunt

The 9th annual Doug Brown Memorial Paralyzed Veterans of America Pheasant Hunt was held on 13 September 2021 at the Top Gun hunting lodge outside of Howard, SD. The hunt is a memorial to Doug Brown who served for years as the Veterans Benefits Representative at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Veterans Administration. Chris Menzie (brother of Doug Brown) was unable to attend this year due to an illness but sent his best regards to the North Central Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America for organizing the hunt. Fifteen disabled veterans from South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin along with numerous volunteers participated in the hunt. The veterans managed to bag over 75 birds during the hunt. A special thanks to Kevin Schumacher and everyone at TOP GUN that helped make the hunt possible. All the hunters had a great time and are looking forward to attending again next year.

Cancellation of 2020 Prairie Dog Hunt

This decision is in alignment with the latest direction from the preeminent national health care experts who urged Americans to avoid crowds due to the coronavirus pandemic. The safety and well-being of Members and Guests are our top priority. We look forward to hosting the event again next year and pray that you and your families stay safe during these uncertain times.

25th Annual Platte Pheasant Hunt

The Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter disabled hunters attended the 25th Annual Pheasant Hunt in Platte, SD on 08-10 November 2018. Twenty-Four (24) Hunters participated in the two day hunt held annually in Platte, SD. The hunters were welcomed Thursday night at the Legion Post 115 with the auxiliary providing a social and supper. Friday consisted of breakfast at the Community Center and the hunters breaking into two groups for the hunt. The hunters woke up to over 4 inches of snow Friday morning and still managed to bag plenty of birds. The Local community hosted the annual auction and supper at the community center on Friday night. Saturday consisted of breakfast at the community center and another cold and snowy pheasant hunt. The Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter would like to thank the entire Platte Community for another wonderful pheasant hunt. The PVA hunters want to express their sincere appreciation to the Platte Community, American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, Volunteers, and Land Owners who helped make the 25th Annual PVA Pheasant Hunt a huge success. A very special thank you to Clarence Blunck who originally organized this Pheasant Hunt back in 1994. Many veterans have had the pleasure of attending this event and they all look forward to it every year.

9th Annual Prairie Dog Hunt

The 9th Annual North Central Paralyzed Veterans Prairie Dog Hunt was held 21-22 June 2018 at Chamberlain, SD. 12 Veterans and 3 volunteers attended this years hunt. Mark Ohm, regional supervisor for the SDGF&P and other conservation officers coordinated the hunt. The Veterans along with their SDGF&P guides divided up into three different groups on the first day and enjoyed a great day of hunting. Jona Ohm along with other volunteers prepared a supper meal at the Oacoma Community Center on Thurday night. The Veterans and Guides split up again on the second day and tried some new areas that have never been hunted. The weather cooperated for both days and everyone had a great time practicing and honing their skills in marksmanship. A special thanks to all the landowners who make this hunt possible by allowing the veterans to have access to their property. Thanks to all who helped make this another great hunt and we look forward to it again in 2019.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter disabled hunters attended the 24th Annual Pheasant Hunt in Platte, SD on 09-11 November 2017. Twenty Four (24) Hunters participated in the two day hunt held annually in Platte, SD. The hunters were welcomed Thursday night at the Legion Post 115 with the auxiliary providing a social and supper. Friday consisted of a breakfast at the Community Center and the hunters breaking into two groups for the hunt. The hunters experienced windy and cold weather on Friday and still managed to bag plenty of birds. The Local community hosted the annual auction and supper at the community center on Friday night. Saturday consisted of breakfast at the community center and the hunters enjoyed warmer weather with sunshine and another great day of pheasant hunting.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America North Central Chapter would like to thank the entire Platte Community for another wonderful pheasant hunt. The PVA hunters want to express their sincere appreciation to the Platte Community, American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, Volunteers, and Land Owners who helped make the 24th Annual PVA Pheasant Hunt a huge success.

A very special thank you to Clarence Blunck who originally organized this Pheasant Hunt back in 1994. Many veterans have had the pleasure of attending this event and they all look forward to it every year.

NCPVA holds several different hunting events throughout the year, check out the calendar to see what events are coming up!
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Disabled Hunters Permit

A Disabled Hunter Permit authorizes qualifying individuals with disabilities to lawfully shoot game animals from a stationary motor vehicle. This includes big game animals such as deer, antelope, elk, and turkey, and small game animals such as grouse, pheasants, partridge, rabbits, and waterfowl.
A Disabled Hunter Permit is issued free-of-cost by GFP to qualifying hunters and is valid for a four-year period. Individuals will need to reapply for a permit renewal at that time. The disabled hunter permit is intended for use in situations where an applicant's physical or medical condition makes it impossible, or causes severe pain or physical hardship on the applicant, when walking afield while hunting. Licensed hunters who are paraplegics or otherwise physically unable to walk with or without crutches, braces, or other mechanical support, and who have a Disabled Hunter Permit, may shoot in fields, woods, or from public roads from a stationary motor vehicle or all-terrain vehicle while hunting game animals or game birds in accordance with the conditions of the permit. The hunter will need to obtain the required state licenses for whatever species are to be hunted. Permit limitations or guidelines specify what a person legally can and cannot do while in possession of a Disabled Hunter Permit.
A Disabled Hunter Permit may be issued for a period not to exceed 12 months to any person with a temporary ambulatory injury. The disabled hunter application has a section that must be completed and signed by a licensed physician that will document the physical disabilities or medical condition limiting the applicant's walking ability. View and download application. contact information 605.223.7660 | wildinfo@state.sd.us
What are the qualifications to receive a Disabled Hunter Permit? A qualifying person must have at least one of the following physical disabilities or medical conditions: has lost one or both legs or who has temporarily or permanently lost the use of one or both legs; requires a wheelchair for mobility; is physically unable to walk without the assistance of another person, prosthetic aid, brace, crutch, or other device that is intended to support or assist the person while walking; is on portable oxygen; is unable to walk a distance of more than 300 feet without assistance or rest due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition; has been diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder such as muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis; has been diagnosed with a Class III cardiac disease resulting in marked limitation of physical activity; has been diagnosed with a Class IV cardiac disease resulting in the inability to carry on any physical activity without discomfort; or is restricted by lung disease to such a degree that the person's forced expiratory volume in one second, when measured by a spirometer, is less than one liter; or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest. What activities does a Disabled Hunter Permit authorize and what are the permit limitations?
A Disabled Hunter Permit authorizes the permittee to shoot from a stationary motor vehicle with the following exceptions or limitations: shooting from a federal or state highway or across any public road is prohibited; when hunting big game from public road rights-of-way, the permittee must obtain prior written permission from the owner or lessee of the immediate adjoining private lands; the permittee may shoot from a stationary all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and may lawfully transport a firearm on an ATV while hunting without having to unload and/or case the firearm; shooting from a snowmobile or the use of any motor vehicle to chase or pursue any game animal is prohibited; and the use of any motor vehicle is prohibited on lands owned, leased, or controlled by GFP, except on designated roads, trails, or parking areas.

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