Disabled Access Committee
The Disabled Access Committee works with private landowners, timber companies, and government organizations to remove barriers, and provide land access for hundreds of hunters with disabilities. These volunteers have also built numerous ADA approved wheelchair platforms with ramps which are placed within these hunting areas.
Some of the opportunities available to the disabled hunter are gaining access through Manulife Forest Management, and Inland Empire Paper Company lands; as well as placing wheelchair platforms in several locations within the Colville National Forest’s Disabled Hunter Program at Aladdin Mtn, Brewer Mtn, and Squirrel Meadows.
In addition to sharing how to access disabled status through your medical provider or the Veterans Administration to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; we also provide information on the many opportunities available to disabled sportsman throughout the Inland Northwest. For more info regarding the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council’s—Disabled Access Program, or how you can assist on an upcoming project, please contact us.
Ken McNaughton, (509) 553-9135
Do You Qualify as a Disabled Hunter?
The Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife’s website has all the criteria to assist you in answering this question, as well as providing all the necessary applications to obtain disabled status and access to the reduced rates for hunting & fishing licenses. Visit www.wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility
In 2009, the INWC had the vision of building several wheelchair ramps/platforms for disabled sportsmen. The first platforms were constructed in 2010 and installed in several locations within the Inland Northwest. Today, there are two on WDFW Wildlife Areas and four within the Colville National Forest, to include one that was built as an Eagle Scout project, with more planned.
The Inland Empire Paper Company has a program for disabled hunters, and their families. Application period opens March 1st, with the drawing for the first 25 applicants in mid-April. Manulife Paper also has a program for anyone designated as a disabled hunter and their companion, Sep 1st—Nov 30th. The Colville National Forest also has a disabled hunter program, with areas on Brewer Mountain, Aladdin Mountain, and Squirrel Meadows gated off, with access for disabled hunters behind the gate. For more info about any of these, contact the office, or email the Disabled Access Team at:
2023 Manulife application available HERE