The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina State Coon Hunters Association and the Upper South Carolina Bearhunters Association will sponsor a youth coon hunt near Pickens in Pickens County on Saturday, Nov. 24. The winners in this event will qualify to participate in the state championship at the Webb Center in Hampton County on March 1, 2008.
For additional information and applications for the Pickens youth raccoon hunt, contact Ronnie Gravely at (864) 868-9214.
Two age groups will be participating in the youth coon hunt, ages 6 to 13 and ages 14 to 17. Each youth is required to bring a guardian, and there is no application fee.
Before the actual competition, participants will attend seminars on sportsmanship, scoring and hunter safety. Contestants are then divided into groups, or “casts,” for the evening competition. Efforts are then made to group the participants within each age division with similarly aged contestants to further even out the competition within each cast. Each cast consists of a judge and guide, and three or four youth hunters, each with a dog. Parents are allowed to follow along and observe from a distance, but each youth handles and calls his or her own dog.
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.