The annual Savannah River Site deer hunt for mobility impaired hunters began Friday afternoon.

The 12th annual edition of the event is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Wheelin’ Sportsman program and SRS personnel.

“Many of these mobility-impaired hunters had given up on ever hunting again,” said Ed Spears, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions deer hunt coordinator. “Our program allows them to hunt in a safe, controlled environment. We are honored to have them participate in this event.”

Wheelin’ Sportsmen looks to provide all people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, according to the NWTF. Chapters of the federation host events across North America that help participants “gain a sense of independence by learning to stay active in the outdoors on their own in between Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.”

According to a Wheelin’ Sportsmen press release, “Twenty-five Wheelin’ Sportsmen members from across the country will come together for a weekend deer hunt at one of the Southeast’s most pristine hunting locales – SRS.”

The event will conclude Saturday with a banquet lunch to follow.

SRNS manages the annual deer hunt program at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy.