SAVANNA — The Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge hosted a hunt for those with disabilities Nov. 10-11.

Sixty-eight hunters harvested 27 deer, including 11 bucks and 16 does. Dennis Kleckner of Savanna harvested the largest buck, an eight-pointer with a field-dressed weight of 172 pounds.

Hunters traveled from 10 states to participate. Participants in the hunt included Chris Miller of Ohio, who was shot twice during combat in Iraq, stabbed in a riot and who fractured several vertebrate in a fall from a cliff. Miller was sponsored by Midwest Experience, who also sponsored Chip Madren, a brain cancer survivor who traveled from Georgia.

Participants also included Charles Melton of Richview, Illinois, who earned a silver medal in the 2016 summer Paralympics in Rio as a member of the rugby team, and 92-year-old William Brown, who celebrated his 71st year of deer hunting.

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