Injured Military Wildlife Project Of North Dakota
Welcome to the INJURED MILITARY WILDLIFE PROJECT of North Dakota.
The Injured Military Wildlife Project of ND (IMWP) is a group of citizens who provide hunting and fishing opportunities to military personnel who have been injured in the line of duty. The IMWP is fashioned after the Wounded Warrior Project and provides injured service members a chance to continue hunting or fishing as they once did. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will issue up to ten deer licenses (4 'any deer' and 6 'whitetail only') to be used by these heroes. The IMWP will assist by providing lodging, meals, a place to hunt, and actual assistance before, during, and after the hunt.
The IMWP was the brainchild of Glenn Geitzen after he heard of similar events conducted by the Wounded Warrior program. Geitzen asked then state Representative Shirley Meyer to introduce legislation that would provide four deer licenses to our organization. The licenses were good for any deer statewide from the opening of the youth deer season, usually about September 20th, until the close of the deer bow season, the first Sunday in January. The 2013 ND Legislature passed legislation that would allow six additional whitetail deer only tags to be utlized by the IMWP and the season was expanded to run during the deer bow season, usually from the first weekend in September through the first weekend in January.
Many injured vets no longer have the physical attributes nor can they make the connections necessary for a successful deer hunt. The IMWP is hoping to change that. In the fall of 2011, our inaugural season, two injured vets were able to participate in deer hunts in western ND. In 2012, four young men had a chance to hunt deer in ND that otherwise would not have been possible without the IMWP. In 2013, again four heroes enjoyed deer hunts in ND. In 2014, six injured vets enjoyed a hunt with our organization.
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