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Kids 16 and under and hunters with disabilities will be allowed to hunt this weekend thanks to Michigan's annual Liberty Hunt.

According to WNEM, those who are 16-year or younger and eligible hunters can join the hunt on Saturday, Sept. 12, or Sunday, Sept. 13.

Hannah Schauer, DNR Wildlife Division education and communications coordinator:

People with disabilities can experience difficulties with mobility, climbing into a tree stand, sighting in-game, hearing game approaching or holding a firearm. The Liberty Hunt provides opportunities for veterans and others to get outdoors and try a new sport or continue to enjoy one they love.

During this firearm hunt, a deer or deer combo license may be used for an antlered or antlerless deer. A Deer Management Assistance (DMA) permit may also be used to take one antlerless deer only if issued for the area/land upon which hunting.

To qualify an individual must fit one of the DNR's following criteria:

  • Be a veteran who has been determined to have 100-percent disability, or is rated as individually unemployable by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Have been issued a permit, by the DNR, to hunt from a standing vehicle.
  • Have been issued a permit by the DNR to hunt using a laser-sighting device.
  • Be blind as defined by MCL 393.351.
  • Be deaf as defined by section 2 of 72 PA 1978, MCL 408.202.

All hunters participating in this season must wear hunter orange.

I didn't grow up in a family of hunters, so I never got the opportunity to hunt. I don't want to become a big hunter or anything but I would love to go out and try it sometime. More than likely I wouldn't have the heart to pull the trigger or I'd simply get bored really fast lol.