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Bill to permit blind to hunt with adaptive equipment, assistance advances

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill was sent to the House floor Friday that will create a special type of hunting permit specifically for blind sportsmen.

The House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2597, which would allow legally blind people to hunt with the assistance of a sighted, permitted guide. It would also allow for the use of certain adaptive equipment, which is currently illegal.

“So in effect, we have the assistant acquiring the target … selecting the target, identifying the target, sighting the target, and then the person with the sight limitation is pulling the trigger,” said Delegate Rodney Miller, D-Boone.

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