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#07-266 September 17, 2007

Youth deer hunting opportunities abound in state’s Lowcountry area

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. 

New this year, youth-oriented deer hunting with dog opportunities will be offered on the Francis Marion National Forest. Only youth participants will be allowed to harvest deer during these special deer hunts with dogs on the following dates and locations: Santee Wildlife Management Area-Oct. 6; Wambaw Wildlife Management Area-Oct. 27; Hellhole Wildlife Management Area-Nov. 17; and Northampton Wildlife Management Area-Jan 5, 2008. For more information regarding these hunts, call (843) 825-3388.            

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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