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July 30, 2009

Nine youth dove hunts set in South Carolina by DNR

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will conduct nine youth dove hunts on the opening day of dove season Sept. 5. The youth dove hunts will be in the following counties: Abbeville, Charleston, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Sumter, Union and York.

For more information on these youth dove hunts, call the Columbia DNR office at (803) 734-3886.

Eligibility for these hunts requires adults 21 years or older to bring one or two youths 17 years of age or younger. The following regulations also apply on special youth dove hunts: (1) Adults accompanying youth are not allowed to shoot at any time during youth dove hunts. (2) Adults must remain in the field and closely supervise participating youth at all times. (3) In parties of one adult and 2 youth, only one youth hunter may be handling a loaded firearm at any given time. (4) Bag limit is 15 birds per youth participant. Birds harvested by individual hunters must be kept separate, and in no instance may an individual hunter harvest more than 15 birds. Adults who are participating in the hunt must have a valid South Carolina hunting license, Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Permit and migratory bird (HIP) permit.

The Abbeville County field is co-sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. The youth dove field is located five miles east of Abbeville on SC Highway 72 and ¼ mile south on Bass Road. Pre-registration is required and applicants can call in their information (name, address, telephone number, and age of each youth applicant) or mail to S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Youth Hunt, 2751 Hwy 72 East, Abbeville, SC 29620, beginning Aug. 1. The deadline for receiving applications is Aug. 14. Participants are selected by drawing for the 25 available stands. Successful applicants are mailed additional information (reporting time, maps, hunt rules, etc), and unsuccessful applicants are also notified. Hunt permits are not transferable. Call the Greenwood DNR office at (864) 223-2731, extension 206 for additional hunt information or to apply for the hunt. 

The Charleston County field is managed by DNR. To locate this youth dove field take SC Highway 174 from US Highway 17 towards Edisto Beach. Continue 8.9 miles south of the McKinley Washington Bridge (just beyond the Edisto Serpentarium) and turn left on Botany Bay Road. Follow this road for two miles. Just before the road ends the entrance to the WMA is on the left and the dove field is about two miles from the entrance. No pre-registration required, and for additional information call the Donnelley WMA office at (843) 844-8957.

The Newberry County field is co-sponsored by DNR and the U.S. Forest Service. The dove field is owned by the S.C. Department of Transportation, and the property is located north of I-26 on SC Highway 121. To locate this youth dove field travel towards Whitmire on SC Highway 121 for 9.2 miles take a right turn on McCullough Road and then go 0.7 miles to the field on the right. Pre-registration is required, and participants selected by drawing. Apply in writing (name, address, telephone number, and age of each youth applicant) or call beginning Aug. 1—deadline is Aug. 14. This youth dove field is limited to twenty slots. All successful applicants will be notified by mail and will receive the following additional information; hunt rules, map, and meeting time. For additional information or to apply for the hunt, contact the Columbia DNR office at (803) 734-3898.

The Oconee County dove field is co-sponsored by DNR, the U.S. Forest Service and the Upper Savannah River Chapter of Quail Unlimited. Additional contributors to the hunts include the Upstate Bearhunters and Houndsmen Association, South Carolina Wildlife Federation, South Carolina Bowhunters Association, South Carolina’s 4-H Program, Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Upstate Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The Long Creek Tract youth dove field is located outside of Westminster on US Highway 76. Take a left on Orchard Road and proceed ¾ mile to the 20-acre field on the right. Pre-registration is required, and applications for the youth hunts are due by Aug. 14. Applications are available at the Clemson DNR office and the DNR web site. There will be a total of 35 slots available for the two fields; if there are more than 35 applicants a drawing will be held. After the drawing all of the applicants will be notified by mail about their status. For additional information regarding these hunts, contact the Clemson DNR Office at (864) 654-1671, extension 16.

The Orangeburg County dove field is located off SC Highway 6, two miles east of Eutaw Springs on Santee Cooper Wildlife Management Area. To locate the dove field, travel two miles outside of Eutaw Springs and take a left on Fredcon Road. Continue on Fredcon Road for 0.3 miles and take a left on Ferguson Landing Road. Travel on Ferguson Landing Road for 0.3 miles and the entrance to Santee Cooper Wildlife Management Area is on the left. The dove field is about 0.3 miles from the entrance. This area is owned by the S.C. Public Service Authority and managed by DNR. Pre-registration is required, and participants are selected by drawing. Apply in writing (name, address, telephone number, and age of each youth applicant) or call beginning Aug. 1—the deadline is Aug. 14. For more information or to apply for the hunt, contact the Columbia DNR office at PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, or call (803) 734-3898.

The Pickens County dove field is co-sponsored by DNR, the U.S. Forest Service and the Upper Savannah River Chapter of Quail Unlimited. Additional contributors to the hunts include the Upstate Bearhunters and Houndsmen Association, South Carolina Wildlife Federation, South Carolina Bowhunters Association, South Carolina’s 4-H Program, Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Upstate Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The Porter Field youth dove field is located five miles outside of Pickens on SC Highway 183. Take a right turn on Mountain View Church Road then travel one-tenth of a mile and the field is on the right. Pre-registration is required, and applications for the youth hunts are due by Aug. 14. Applications are available at the Clemson DNR office and the DNR web site. After the drawing all of the applicants will be notified by mail about their status.  For additional information regarding these hunts, contact the Clemson DNR Office at (864) 654-1671, extension 16.

The Sumter County dove field is co-sponsored by DNR and the S.C. Forestry Commission. The youth dove field is located on Manchester State Forest on SC Highway 261 two miles North of Wedgefield. Pre-registration is required and participants selected by drawing. Apply in writing (name, address, telephone number, and age of each youth applicant) or call beginning Aug. 1—the deadline is Aug. 14. This youth dove field is limited to 35 slots. All successful applicants will be notified by mail and will receive hunt rules, map, and meeting time. For more information or to apply for the hunt, contact the Columbia DNR office (803) 734-3898.

The Union County dove field is co-sponsored by DNR and the U.S. Forest Service. The youth dove field is located three and one-half miles east of SC Highway 49 at Cross Keys. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for applications is Aug. 17. A limited number of participants will be selected by public drawing at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Applicants may apply by mail, fax or phone. Mailed applications should include the name, address and home phone number for the adult and the name and age of each youth applicant. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. Hunt activities will begin at 2:30 pm with a discussion of hunter safety and guidelines for the hunt. All participants must attend the safety talk at 2:30 pm in order to participate. For more hunt information or to apply for the hunt contact the Union DNR Office at 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379, call (864) 427-5140 or fax (864) 427-8460.

The York County dove field is located three and half miles east of McConnell’s off of secondary road 165 just north of Historic Brattonsville. Pre-registration is required and the application deadline is Aug. 14. The youth dove field at Draper Wildlife Management Area is limited to 30 youths. There is no cost for the hunt, and applicants can apply by mail, fax, or bring a self-made application to the Union DNR Office. The Draper WMA youth dove hunt will begin at 2 p.m. Applications can be typed or printed clearly but must provide the name, address, telephone number and age of all hunt participants. Applications that are incomplete or illegible will not be accepted and duplicate entries will be disqualified.  The drawing will be held Aug. 18 to select participants for the youth dove hunt.

Successful applicants will be mailed a permit by Aug. 24 and will be required to have this permit in their possession while on the field during the youth hunt on Sept. 5. Hunt permits are not transferable. Applications should be sent to the following address: Union DNR Office, Draper Dove Hunt Application, 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379, telephone (864) 427-5140 or fax (864) 427-8460.

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