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October 19, 2007

DNR partners with Quail Unlimited for youth hunts

Quail Unlimited recently partnered with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to provide a memorable hunting experience at several youth dove hunts across the state. 

Quail Unlimited has provided funds for food, water, hats, and T-shirts for the youth participating in these S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunts. In some cases, representatives of Quail Unlimited took an active role by providing educational activities prior to the hunts as well as providing refreshments. Quail Unlimited  chapters that partnered with DNR during the 2007 Youth Dove hunts are: Midlands Chapter of Quail Unlimited, Newberry Chapter of Quail Unlimited, and Upper Savannah River Chapter of Quail Unlimited. Quail Unlimited assisted DNR with youth dove hunts in Newberry,
Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens and Sumter counties.

Quail Unlimited, a longtime partner with DNR, is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the wise use and management of America's wild quail, doves, upland game birds and other forms of wildlife. For information on bobwhite quail habitat enhancement or public hunting opportunities, contact the DNR Small Game Project at (803) 734-3609.

An important goal of DNR youth hunts is to encourage participation by youths who have never been hunting. DNR wants new hunters to experience the challenge, thrill and enjoyment associated with the sport in a safe and ethical environment. Quail Unlimited plays an important role in achieving this goal. Mitch Smith, president of The Midlands Chapter of Quail Unlimited, said: "The Midland’s Chapter of Quail Unlimited feels it has an obligation to support the future of hunting. DNR does their part with providing property and staff for these annual youth hunts, so the least we can do is provide drinks and snacks."

Smith also participated in the DNR youth dove hunt at Manchester State Forest, and commented aboutErin Smith - first dove hunt his daughter’s first hunting experience: "I want to thank the folks of our DNR for an absolutely amazing first hunt for my daughter Erin, 8. Erin walked into the field for the first time ever shouldering her brand new single shot .410 and knocked down two doves opening day. Erin enjoyed it so much that we took my wife and son, 4, the next day to a friend’s farm where she shot another one. On her dresser at home now sits a framed picture of her, her gun and her first dove, which will be a lasting memory of our first hunt together. Thanks to DNR and great staff at Manchester for a splendid 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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