Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
The application deadline is Tuesday, Oct.1, for the first turkey and deer hunt for people with disabilities in Stearns County’s Rockville Park & Nature Preserve. Applications can be obtained through the websites of Midwest Outdoors Unlimited, www.midwestoutdoorsunlimited.com, or the Stearns County Parks Department, www.co.stearns.mn.us or by calling the park office (320) 255-6172. Applications may also be picked up at the park office located at Quarry Park, 1802 County Road 137, Waite Park, MN 56387. Midwest Outdoors Unlimited will select three hunters for each hunt. The mission of the group is to provide outdoor recreational activities for disabled American veterans, disabled individuals, and disabled youth in Minnesota. Each disabled hunter will be accompanied by at least one able-bodied person while in the park.
Hunters will be able to use shotguns, bows or crossbows. Hunting will be limited to portable ground blinds. The park will be closed to the general public during each of the five-day hunts.
The turkey hunt is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 27, and the deer hunt for Wednesday, Nov. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 17.
The 284-acre Rockville County Park is west of Rockville’s Eagle Park and Stearns County Road 139 on Sauk River Road. It includes more than a mile of Sauk River shoreline and features such as granite outcroppings and hardwood forests. Completed developments in the park include a bridge, trails, bathrooms, equestrian area and observation deck.