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August 11, 2008

Upstate mobility impaired deer hunts held Oct. 24-25

Mobility impaired hunters will again be treated to a very unique opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on about forty-five well managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate.

The hunts are scheduled for October 24-25 in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties and on October 31-November 1 in Laurens and Newberry counties.  Applicants can apply for one or both hunts.  There is not any application fee or other costs associated with these hunts.  Each hunt will consist of a noon lunch and hunting on Friday afternoon and Saturday mornings.  After the noon lunch on Friday, everyone will then disperse to his or her assigned hunt site.
These special hunts are co-sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who will handle the application process, notification of successful hunters and other correspondence.  A number of very generous landowners and managers listed below will accommodate hunters on their properties this year during these special hunts.  Additional hosts may be added prior to the hunt.


CHEROKEE COUNTY                                           
Dr. Darwin Keller - Keller Property                          
Mr. Bruce Randolph - Badlands Hunt Club             
Mr. Edward Hollingsworth - Hambright Farm
SPARTANBURG COUNTY                                   
Mr. Harold Campbell - Campbell Property               
Mr. Lon Alexander - BD Properties                         
Dr. David Weir - Longbeard Timber Company        
Dr. and Mrs. Don McClure - Cow Ford Land Co.   
Mr. Keith Comer, Jr. - Comer Farm, LLC                
Mr. Lamar Fuller - Bull Run Hunt Club                   
Mr. George D. Johnson, Jr. - Wylie Fork Creek       
Mr. Stewart Johnson - Jimmie’s Creek Farm            
Dr. George Graham - Tri G Gun Club                      
Mr. Will Montgomery - Pine Valley Farm

Mr. Ron Roberts - Beulah Creek Hunt Club
Mr. Wayne Garner - U. S. Sportsmen’s Club
Mr. Al Bullington - Tyger Ranch
Mr. Donnie Loftis - Padgett’s Creek Reserve
Mr. Donnie Loftis - Rabbit Road Hunt Club
Mr. Terry Shockley - Trophy Buck Hunt Club
Mr. Steve Koskela - Laura Lynn Farm
Mr. Walter Oates - Triangle 113 Farm
Mr. Frank Sistare - Fairforest Timber Co.
Mr. Edward Hollingsworth - U. S. Sportsmen’s      


LAURENS COUNTY                                              
Dr. Wallace Boyd - Quaker Creek Farm                   
Mr. Wade Pitts - Pitts Place                                      
Dr. Claude Woollen - Woollen Farm                        
Mr. Phil Lucas - Carroll Hunt Club                           
Mr. Steve Frantz - Southern Timber Associates       
Mr. Chris Grant - The Clinton House Plantation      
Mr. Charles Blackmon - Blackmon Farm                  
Mr. Bryson Thomason - Fuller Gray Farm                
Mr. Tim Howard - Sugar Flat Hunt Club
Mr. Tex Small - Sundowner Farm
Mr. Tom Hawkins - Hawk’s Nest Hunt Club
Mr. Jim Barnes - Riveroak Properties
Mr. Chuck Bagwell - Enoree River Hunt Club
Mr. James Pitts - LPW Hunt Club    
Mr. Dave Schemm - Triple S Hunt Club
Dr. Derrick Wessinger - Hurricane Hunt Club
Mr. Steve Johnson - Johnson Farm   
Mr. Lee Walsh - Belfast Hunt Club
Mr. Otis Taylor - The Scott Place (TCA)
Mr. Cecil Duffie - Mudlick
Mr. Donnie Loftis - Loftis Hunt Club
Mr. Terry Cotney - Lester Estate

A number of organizations are also co-sponsoring these events and provide financial support, personnel assistance during the hunts or assistance in various other ways.  These co-sponsors include the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Carolina’s Fence Association, South Carolina Disabled Sportsmen, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Sprinkle Prosthetics, the Wounded Warrior Project, South Carolina Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers Association, South Carolina DNR’s TAKE ONE MAKE ONE program and the Spartanburg Gun Club.  There are also a significant number of volunteers whose individual personal assistance is vital to the success of these events.

Applicants for these hunts are carefully screened and are restricted to persons who are permanently and severely mobility impaired.  These include only those who are permanently confined to a wheel chair, persons permanently requiring the use of mechanical aids (walker, braces, etc.) to walk, or persons with complete single or double leg amputations.  Each hunter may be accompanied by one other person who can participate in a non hunting capacity.  This year at each of the hunts some severely injured and permanently mobility impaired servicemen and servicewomen will be accommodated in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project

Gerald Moore, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist in Union, said, "aside from the opportunity to hunt deer on some of the most well managed and exclusive properties in the Upstate, another important benefit of these events is the opportunity to develop friendships and fellowship among those who have similar disabilities.  We are pleased to cooperate with the various hosts and sponsors of these hunts in assisting those people who are able to take definite steps to pursue their outdoor interests in spite of their disabilities."  Moore encourages all qualified mobility impaired persons interested in hunting to apply. "It is certainly a great opportunity, and all interested sportsmen and sportswomen who are mobility impaired should try to take advantage of it."

Applications for these special hunts are available from:  Union DNR Office, 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, S. C. 29379, telephone (864) 427-5140, fax (864) 427-8460 or the SCDNR Columbia Office, P. O. Box 167, Columbia, S. C. 29202, telephone (803) 734-3886.  You can also download an application from the DNR website.  Completed applications must be received at the Union DNR Office by 5 p.m. Monday, September 22, 2008, to be eligible for the drawing.

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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