From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
-- The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with a number of private individuals, businesses and hunting clubs, is co-sponsoring a number of youth deer hunts in the Piedmont region this fall.
Young sportsmen and sportswomen who think they might like to attend one of these special youth deer hunts this fall are encouraged to write or call for an application today. The deadline for returning applications is Monday, Sept. 14.
Applications may be downloaded from the DNR website at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/huntyouth/youthdhuntapp.html. They can also be obtained from the Union DNR office, 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379, telephone (864)427-5140, fax (864) 427-8460; or the DNR Columbia office, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, (803)734-388.
These youth hunts will be a part of the DNR's Take One Make One special youth deer hunts and are scheduled at the following sites: Oct. 17-Union County, Laura Lyn Farm; Oct. 17-Union County, Chufa Ridge Farm LLC ; Oct. 17-Laurens County, Johnson Farm ; Nov. 7-Spartanburg County, Yelton Farm ; Nov. 7-Spartanburg County, Horseshoe Falls Hunt Club; Nov. 14-Spartanburg County, 10 Point Hunt Club ; Nov. 21-Cherokee County, Broken Arrow & Big A hunt clubs; Dec. 19-Laurens County, The Clinton House Plantation; Dec. 19-Union County, Trophy Buck Hunt Club.
"DNR is specifically looking for young people who have an interest in hunting but don't have anyone to take them," said Gerald Moore, DNR wildlife biologist based in Union. "These special hunts are designed for a growing number of youth today who don't have a parent, relative or close friend that hunts and can provide them proper exposure to the hunting experience. As a result, many of today's young people are missing out on a challenging and enjoyable recreational activity."
Sportsmen's children are welcome to apply for the hunts but preference will be given to those who have limited hunting experience. On the day of the hunt, participants will be required to complete a short training course on gun safety and go to the rifle range and fire the gun they will be using during the hunt. Appropriate firearms will be provided for those who need them. An adult will accompany each youngster at the rifle range and during all hunting activities. Supper will be
provided by the sponsors after the hunt for all youth and their parents.
There are no costs associated with these special hunts but parents or a guardian must provide written permission for their youngster to attend and must sign a liability wavier form and provide transportation to and from the event. Adults sitting in the stand with a youth must have a valid hunting license and big game permit. Youth who are age 16 or 17 will be required to have a Junior Sportsman's License.