Hilliardton Marsh Wildlife Area has installed a new observation/hunting blind for physically-challenged hunters.
The Kirkland District Game & Fish Protective Association (KDGFPA) built and paid for the structure, which replaces a similar blind that fell into disrepair in 2015. In conjunction with the Kirkland Lake District Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), the association decided to take on the task of building a new one.
Ministry personnel removed the old blind and the association’s members built the new structure in the time between waterfowl nesting and the fall hunt.
Club member John Ingram was project lead. He drafted a preliminary plan which was reviewed, adjusted, and approved by the ministry’s engineering department.
Ingram pre-fabricated the blind to minimize set-up time. Tom Woolings, the club’s secretary, co-ordinated with the contractor.
Association members and Kirkland Lake MNRF Partner Specialist, Lindsay McLean completed the blind in early September.
Hunting in Hilliardton Marsh Wildlife Area is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays of the waterfowl season. Hunters must park in one of 10 designated spots at the Crick Road entrance.
Hunting rules and other requirements of the area are posted near the access point to the berm.