Beginning this fall, the Lowcountry offers unique youth-oriented deer hunting opportunities.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area focuses on youth participation with the majority of public deer hunt opportunities. One half of the 10,700-acre property is open to adult/youth hunting only. The youth must be actively hunting and the adult may hunt as well.
For youth hunting opportunities, a youth is defined as 17 years and younger. Details about each of these hunts can be found in the 2007-2008 S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) "Rules and Regulations" booklet.
Santee Cooper, along with DNR, offers draw youth hunts on the Santee Cooper-owned Cross Generation Station and Moultrie Hunt Unit. Applications for the hunt are due Sept. 20. For additional information and to receive an application, call (843) 825-3388.
The Santee Cooper owned Bluefield Wildlife Management Area is only open for adult/youth hunts. Adults are also allowed to hunt as long as they are accompanied by an actively hunting youth.
The U.S. Forest Service, in cooperation with DNR, also conducts youth hunts on the Tibwin tract, located in McClellanville. Applications are due in early September. For more information and to request an application, call (843) 887-3258.