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Mentored deer hunt available to first time youth hunters

Mentored deer hunt available to first time youth hunters

By South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

Ten first-time deer hunters will be able to participate in a mentored youth deer hunt Sept. 22-23 at the Snake Den Lodge in Presho

The Lyman and Jones County Pheasants Forever chapters in partnership with Game, Fish and Parks are offering a free event to first-time youth deer hunters between the ages of 10 and 15.

The youth hunters must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.

Youth hunters will learn how to select the best ammunition and firearm for deer hunting, improve shooting and firearm safety, sight in a firearm and field dress and properly care for meat. Participants will be provided meals, snacks, lodging, deer licenses, guns, ammunition, safety equipment, transportation to and from the field, binoculars and assistance with field processing.

“This youth hunt is built for kids who don't have the opportunity to hunt or who have never hunted,” said Spencer Downey, Lyman-Jones County conservation officer. “We want to teach the kids about safety, ethics and being in the outdoors, all while taking part in one of our state’s most popular pastimes. It’s an experience they'll remember forever.”

Each hunter will be paired with a knowledgeable and experienced hunting guide. Applicants will be selected based on application responses, and successful applicants must attend a pre-hunt orientation meeting Sept. 22.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity hunters should contact Spencer Downey by calling (605)730-0774 or send an email to The application deadline is Aug. 31.

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