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September 3, 2009

Youth deer hunt opportunities available at Samworth WMA

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will conduct four youth deer hunts at Samworth Wildlife Management Area in Georgetown County. The youth deer hunts are scheduled on Oct. 17 and 31, Nov. 7 and 14.
           
The age requirement for S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) youth deer hunts is 17 or younger. The youth who are 17 and 16 will be required to purchase a junior hunting license. There is no application fee or any other costs associated with these hunts. Participants who are age 15 and under, a hunting license will not be required. Young people who have an interest in deer hunting, but have not had previous opportunities because they lacked a hunting connection, should certainly apply. Applications are available from the Columbia DNR office. Applications can also be copied.
           
If you have any questions regarding DNR youth deer hunt safety, supervision or more, contact Willie Simmons, DNR wildlife biologist, at (803) 734-3898 or e-mail SimmonsW@dnr.sc.gov. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 25.
           
Return to: DNR Youth Deer Hunts, Attn: Willie Simmons, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or fax to (803) 734-6020.
           
One of the best ways to recruit new youth hunters is through their friends and family that already participate in hunting activities.  DNR supports "youth sportsmen" in encouraging one or more of their friends, who do not hunt, to apply for DNR youth hunts. DNR especially want to introduce these new hunters to the challenges and enjoyment associated with hunting. Equally important, DNR wants to make sure this introduction is done safely and ethically. Both youth sportsmen and new hunters, who wish to apply for these hunts must fully complete and return an application that includes a questionnaire about their hunting experience and a completed liability waiver form. Their legal guardian must sign both the application and liability waiver form.
           
All DNR youth deer hunts are scheduled on Saturday mornings and conclude at 10 a.m. At each hunt, there will be a brief discussion of deer biology and the role of hunting in wildlife management plus a detailed discussion regarding sportsmanship and hunter ethics. Also, a thorough review of firearm safety will occur. More detailed instructions and directions to the hunt sites will be provided to applicants, who are selected based on a random drawing.

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