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#07-181 July 2, 2007

Special youth deer hunts set in upstate by DNR, partners

Youth who are age 17 and younger, would you like to go deer hunting this fall but don’t have anyone to take you? Would you like for the hunt to be somewhere nearby where there are lots of deer? Would you like for this event to be carefully supervised and for a responsible adult to become your "mentor" and help teach you how to hunt effectively, safely and ethically?

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and a number of private individuals, businesses and hunting clubs are co-sponsoring several youth deer hunts in the Piedmont region this fall. These events will be a part of the DNR’s Take One Make One program. Special youth deer hunts are scheduled on the at the following dates:

The deadline for returning applications for the hunts is Monday, Sept. 17. Applications may 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, telephone (803) 734-3886.

"We are 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. "These special hunts are designed for a growing number of kids 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 certainly 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. Youth who are age 16 or 17 will be required to have a Junior Sportsman’s License. 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.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.
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