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December 21, 2009

DNR assists with Upstate mobility impaired waterfowl hunts

Mobility impaired hunters watched the sun slowly rise over the frozen tree line as anxious black Labrador retrievers were poised on the edge of the "Ducktoons" on Dec. 15 and Dec. 17. It was a unique opportunity to attend two special draw waterfowl hunts in the Upstate. The hunts were held at Duncan Creek Waterfowl Management Area (WMA) and the Clinton House Plantation in Laurens County on Dec. 15 and the Tyger River WMA in Union County and Clinton House Plantation on Dec. 17.

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The Enoree Ranger District of the U. S. Forest Service (USFS) handled the application process, drawing and notification of hunters and took the lead role in conducting these hunts.  Other co-sponsors included the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), The State and Piedmont Chapters of the NWTF, the Crosby North Dakota Wheelin' Sportsmen Chapter of the NWTF, the State and Lexington Chapters of Ducks Unlimited (DU), the Clinton House Plantation, War Eagle Boats and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The Duncan Creek WMA is a 14 acre impoundment and the Tyger River WMA is an 84 acre impoundment and both are available for public waterfowl hunting on Saturday mornings during the season," said DNR wildlife biologist Gerald Moore. Both impoundments are owned by the U. S. Forest Service and are managed jointly by the USFS and DNR.  Find out more about hunting regulations.
Those hunters at Duncan Creek and Tyger River hunted from floating platforms called Ducktoons that were manufactured by War Eagle Boats. These boats were purchased at cost from War Eagle Boats by funding obtained from the NWTF.  A few other hunters also hunted at the Clinton House Plantation on each of the hunt days. Personnel from DNR, USFS, NWTF, DU and the Clinton House Plantation assisted hunters and the hunts were conducted safely and successfully.  The mobility impaired hunters certainly enjoyed this unique opportunity and only took a few ducks but had a great time. 

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