Applications for the 2020 special deer hunts at Lost Mound, the former Savanna Army Depot, are now available, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge announced.

Two managed deer hunts — one for youth (ages 10-18) and one for adults with disabilities (19 and older) — are conducted within designated closed areas of Lost Mound. All hunters must be accompanied by an adult able-bodied attendant that is capable of tracking and retrieving a deer.

The application period runs through July 31 and is open to residents and non-residents. All applications will be entered into a random drawing for the 35 hunt sites on Aug. 12.

All hunters, attendants and any accompanying individuals must attend a mandatory safety orientation, with two sessions being held: Saturday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Nov. 13. Location to be determined.

The youth hunt will be held Oct. 10-11, which coincides with the Illinois Youth Either Sex Deer Hunt. An Illinois Youth Deer Permit must be obtained and brought to the orientation. All youth must show certification of completion of a state approved hunter safety course.

The hunt for adults with disabilities will be held on Nov. 14-15, which is the Saturday-Sunday prior to the Illinois Firearms Deer First Season. A minimum P2a Illinois disability classification (or similar disability certification from non-resident states) is required.

Wheelchair-bound and amputee hunters will receive priority selection for hunt sites. A Jo Daviess County Deer Permit is not needed in order to apply for this hunt, as this permit is provided by the Refuge.

Application and regulations can be downloaded at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/visit/permits.html.

For more information, call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732.