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Does Ct give out handicap permits that allow atv use on state land or did I just get punked ? Guy just came down dirt rd told me he has a permit to use atv for hunting only about 3 on the east coast he said any body ?
Hunters with Disabilities
Does Connecticut offer any special considerations for hunters with disabilities? A person who has permanently lost the use of a limb may be issued a hunting or trapping license free-of-charge (permits are not included).
Verification of disability signed by a licensed physician or an advanced practice registered nurse must be presented.
Paraplegics may also be eligible to hunt from an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle).
Some hunting areas are especially suited for hunters with disabilities and have access improvements to accommodate those hunters. They are listed in the current Hunting and Trapping Guide and the Public Hunting Areas page on the DEEP's website.
Content last updated on October 18, 2016.
Thanks I glad to read that helps keep my faith in other hunters being truthful
Next time you see him, push him off the atv to make sure he is paraplegic.
Oh thanks Ed what do want to see me on CNN or something . He told me he lost a leg and that the atv was the only way to get to his tree stand he has set up . Local guy I think no other cars or trucks out on the road . Had a plate on it
Here's another question: If the guy has a permit due to being disabled, but he wants to hunt with a friend that has no disability, can that friend hitch a ride on the ATV? Or does he have to walk?
A couple years ago a guy screwed up my hunt on state land by coming in on a side-by-side ATV with someone. He got off, walked right to me and under my stand as I tried to wave him off. His buddy continued on, on the ATV. I told him ATV's aren't allowed on state land and he said his buddy has a permit. Either way, this guy wasn't handicapped and I don't know if the other was either. But, I'm sure if he had shot something, he wouldn't be dragging it out by hand.
This was a side by side windshield doors the works
Good for him for still getting out there!
If it had a plate on it, you could always report that to the proper authorities and they could look up for themselves whether he has a permit. They may not be able to DO anything about an illegal ATV'er if they didn't see him do it, but....
Well, I guess I don't know what that would do. I kinda doubt they'd set up a stake-out in hopes of catching One Guy, but you never know... maybe he's 100% legit, or maybe they've gotten 142 complaints about him so far this season.
I hope he's on the up & up.. I just prefer finding reasons to keep faith in my fellow man, you know? Enough bad stuff going on as it is...
So a one legged guy rides an ATV to his treestand? How does he climb it? Legit question!
With pegs on one side of the tree?
He hopes to get a big buck.
SWK - I had an older sister who was bed ridden for most of her adult life before she past a few years ago. I would help her just about every day, and she had a great attitude, never said her life sucked and I don't know if could have done the same in her shoes. I thank God every day for giving me health, and that's why I don't ever complain about walking too far to a stand, or work that needs to be done around the house. Blessings! Great time of the year to count yours!
Being very familiar with accommodations for disabled hunters in Connecticut, sharing the following: A person wishing to use an ATV for hunting must apply to DEEP with medical certification. An in person interview is conducted by Wildlife and EnCon staff and a recommendation is issued to the Commissioner. During the interview process the applicant is instructed about additional requirements they must pursue if they are issued a permit. They must contact the District Wildlife staff to discuss the particular block of state land they wish to access, the exact internal road/logging trail for desired access and the season (deer, turkey, small game) period. If a gated road, they may even be provided with access keys/combinations to allow passage. Following this additional discussion, they are issued an authorization letter for the upcoming hunting season. The letter includes a map with highlighted roadways they can access as agreed upon. It is a very restrictive process but rarely abused in my opinion. There are no restrictions to prevent an able-bodied buddy to accompany the permit holder on the ATV. In fact, disabled hunters are advised to always use a buddy system in the interest of personal safety in the forest. Hope this helps.
People from time to time break my cousins balls for using the x-bow and having a handicapped sticker. But it's only when they see him on his good days. He has MS. So today he may look like a fit guy, tomorrow not so much. Be careful jumping to conclusions on people.
About the gate on the road I would think he would have a key but this is not the case . Has a make shift trail around it .
Too many restrictions. They should loosen them up a bit and be better accommodated.
I'd still like to know how he uses a treestand?
Thursday I will be out there see if I run into him again
OneLink, he might be hunting from the ground too. But he can hoist himself up also.