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August 15, 2008

Clemson youth deer hunt registration ends Sept. 2

The registration deadline for a youth deer hunt sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Clemson Experimental Forest is Tuesday, Sept. 2.
           
The Fant's Grove Youth Deer Hunt is set for Saturday, Oct. 4 at Fant's Grove Wildlife Management Area near Clemson. A public drawing for the 22 slots on the deer hunt will be held at noon Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Clemson office of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at 311 Natural Resources Drive near Clemson University. All interested applicants are welcome to attend the drawing.
           
To obtain an application for the hunt, call Richard Morton at (864) 654-1671, extension 16, in the Clemson DNR office, or e-mail MortonR@dnr.sc.gov. Applications may also be picked up at the DNR Clemson office at 311 Natural Resources Drive. Preference will be given to first-time applicants and "Take One Make One" participants.
           
All participants must have an adult, 21 years or older, with them to hunt; all youth must be 17 or younger, and only the youth will be allowed to shoot. All adults will be required to have a valid state hunting license, big game permit and a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) permit.
           
The purpose of this hunt is to help educate and introduce youth to deer hunting and other outdoor experiences. The hunt will also help manage the deer population on Fant's Grove Wildlife Management Area.
           
A mandatory registration and safety class will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, which all participants must attend in order to hunt. Only one rifle or shotgun will be allowed per stand; rifles will probably be the better choice. Each youth may harvest two deer of either sex. All participants will be required to wear international orange in the form of a vest and/or cap. Verification letters with further details will be mailed to all successfully drawn applicants. Applicants not drawn will also receive notification.
           
Contributors to the hunts include The Quality Deer Management Association, Upstate Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, South Carolina's 4-H Program and the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund.

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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