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September 25, 2007

Special Sumter County youth deer hunt will be held Nov. 3

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the United States Air Force (USAF) Shaw Air Force Base Environmental Flight will be conducting a special youth deer hunt at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range in Sumter County.  This hunt will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2007.

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 must be received by 5:00 pm on October 12, 2007. For additional hunt information or to apply for the hunt contact Willie Simmons at the Columbia DNR Office, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, S.C. 29202. (803) 734-3898.

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 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Shaw Air Force Base will provide lunch for the participants.

Eligibility for this hunt requires an adult 21 years or older to bring 1 or 2 youths 12 to 17 years of age.  The following regulations also apply on this Special Youth Deer Hunt:

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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