Special Hunt Opportunities at the Sharonville State Game Area

Hunter in wheelchair with deer harvestAre there special hunting opportunities available for hunters with disabilities? Yes! The DNR has designated a 600 acre, restricted access hunt area in order to provide special hunt opportunities within the Pierce Road Unit of the Sharonville State Game Area (map). This area will remain open to the public for recreational activities, except during posted dedicated hunting days. This hunt will give hunters with disabilities the opportunity to hunt deer on state land without competition from other hunters, and will allow Michigan's deer resources to be more accessible to hunters with disabilities.

During dedicated hunting days, the hunt area will be open only to deer hunters with disabilities who have been drawn for a permit, along with their accompanying companions (commonly referred to as "operators"). Hunters with disabilities who are successful in the application process will be able to designate up to three operators to accompany them on the hunt. At least one designated operator must be at least 18 years of age, and possess a license other than an apprentice license to hunt deer, or a certificate of completion for training in hunter safety. The operator(s) are not permitted to harvest a deer in the hunt area during dedicated hunting days. The operator(s) must be able to come to the immediate aid of the permittee and maintain uninterrupted, unaided visual contact.

Applicants who participate in special hunt opportunities must meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Documentation as a veteran with 100 percent disability as defined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Documentation, as a resident, by the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs as individually unemployable
  • Declaration as legally blind, as defined by section 1 of 1978 PA 260, MCL 393.351
  • Possession of a Department issued permit to hunt using a laser sighting device; or
  • Possession of a permit issued by the department to hunt from a standing vehicle

Permits for dedicated hunting days will be issued to qualifying individuals chosen in a random drawing. See our Reserved Deer Hunts page for more information, or to apply for a permit.

For additional information, or if you have questions, please email Tom Jones (MiOFO Project Coordinator), or call him at 734-612-6677. 

For specific rules and regulations regarding special hunt opportunities at the Pierce Road Unit of the Sharonville State Game Area, please see Chapter 13 of the Wildlife Conservation Order.

The memorandum to the Natural Resources Commission on the Pierce Road Unit special hunt opportunities is also available for those who are interested.

For additional documents and publications for hunters with disabilities, please visit the Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors, or miofo.org.