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Two Mitchell boys with disabilities take part in annual PDR hunt

Andrew Haiar and Kristopher Moke participated in the PDR Disabled Youth Hunt in Clark over the weekend of Sept. 16-18.

A white-tailed deer in Sanborn County in South Dakota.
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MITCHELL — Two Mitchell boys with disabilities went hunting for deer earlier in September.

Andrew Haiar and Kristopher Moke participated in the PDR Disabled Youth Hunt in Clark over the weekend of Sept. 16-18. The annual hunt is an all-expenses-paid, guided whitetail deer hunting weekend organized by a group of private landowners in Clark.

On Friday, the kids began the weekend at the rifle range firing at paper targets and pumpkins. The kids stayed overnight at the hunting lodge, and on Saturday morning, a guide accompanied each of them and a parent to a specially constructed, handicapped-accessible field blind to start the hunt.

For Haiar, it was his fifth appearance at the PDR hunt, while it was Moke’s first time experiencing the event.

The PDR hunt, formed in 2008, is held annually in memory of Payton Dean Rasmussen, who died of spinal meningitis in 1999. Rasmussen's father, Dean, helps organize the hunt annually to help young children with disabilities enjoy hunting with the goal of making friends and memories.

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