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June 15, 2019

5/28/2019 7:30:00 AM
Reader: Son with Down Syndrome should not be excluded from hunting

To the Editor:

I was gifted with wonderful son who was born with Down Syndrome. He has passed hunter's safety with me, but has made a choice not to use firearms. This past year he was introduced to the United Federation of Disabled Archers family and participated in a hunt at Camp Tesomas last year. He is very accurate with his crossbow, however physical disability qualifies hunters for choice permits but the qualifications do not address those that are physically handicapped by being mentally handicapped. So what this means is the State of Wisconsin has tightened the rules to restrict and regulate physically handicapped applicants so much that they have closed the door on those that are physically handicapped by their mental abilities. Special Olympics yes, but no hunters choice. Just buck only. My son wears camouflage with pride and association and ranks the guides and members of UFFDA as his second family. Opportunity should be synonymous with equality. It's time to finally level out the playing field and open the opportunities to those that love the outdoors as much as we do. I addressed this with the state's contact person for permits and got no reply or response.

Craig Strid


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