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February 15, 2008

455 youths participate in DNR 2007 deer hunts

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with public and private landowners, provided quality deer hunting opportunities to 455 youth sportsmen and sportswomen in South Carolina over the past year.

In 2007, 105 deer were harvested and there were 76 first time hunters involved with S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Youth Deer Hunts statewide. A total of 39 youth hunts were held statewide.

DNR Youth Deer Hunts strongly encourage participation by youths who have never been deer hunting and introduce the new hunters to the challenges, thrills and enjoyment associated with hunting. All programs stress hunting safety and ethics.

Youth deer hunts organized by DNR biologists and those sponsored by the DNR "Take One Make One" program were held in the following counties:

If you are interested in youth deer hunts organized by DNR biologists, contact them at the following numbers: Richard Morton at the Clemson DNR office at (864) 654-1671 for Anderson County; Gerald Moore at (864) 427-5140 for Laurens and Spartanburg counties, Willie Simmons at the Columbia office at (803) 734-3898 for Orangeburg, Richland, and Sumter counties; and Will Carlisle at the Dennis Wildlife Center (843) 825-3387 for Berkeley County.

DNR’s Take One Make One increases public involvement with a mentorship program that provides suitable locations for students to learn about conservation and experience the outdoors through hunting and fishing. Take One Make One also sponsors several mobility impaired hunts around the state throughout the year. For more information on the program, to enroll as a student, or for information on how to become an adult sponsor call (803) 734-3995 in Columbia or toll free 800-922-4301.

DNR thanks Clemson University, Clinton House Plantation, Dodson Farm, MeadWestvaco, R.B. Rhyne, Santee Cooper, Shaw Air Force Base, Ten Point Hunt Club, USDA Forest Service, Yelton Farm and the numerous individuals who worked to make these events happen.

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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