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#06-222 August 21, 2006

DNR, Air Force set Youth Deer Hunt at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the United States Air Force Shaw Air Force Base Environmental Flight will conduct a special youth deer hunt at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range in Sumter County. The hunt will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Fifteen youth will be selected by drawing to participate in this special hunt, and there will be no application fee and no hunting license required. All successful applicants will be notified by mail and will receive the following additional information: hunt rules, map and meeting time. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified by mail. Applications for the youth deer hunt will be available Sept. 1.

For additional hunt information or to apply for the hunt contact Willie Simmons at the Columbia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, or call (803) 734-3898.

Eligibility for this hunt requires an adult 21 years or older to bring one or two youth 12 to 15 years of age. The following regulations also apply on this youth deer hunt:

  1. Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 15 at the time of the hunt.
  2. Applicants must have a hunter education certificate.
  3. A parent or legal guardian must provide written permission for their child to participate.
  4. A parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult must provide transportation for each youth to and from the event.

Immediately after check-in and a brief refresher course on hunter safety, all participants will be required to shoot their firearms at the rifle range before going on the hunt. Firearms for this hunt will be restricted to center-fire rifles. Rifles with telescopic sights are recommended. Hunting will be from elevated stands, and a parent or an adult from a cooperating organization will accompany each youth in the deer stand. Before the hunt, DNR and Shaw Air Force Base will provide lunch for the participants.

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