Upstate mobility impaired deer hunts set for this fall
Mobility impaired hunters will again be treated to a unique opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on about 50 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate.
The mobility impaired hunts are scheduled for Oct. 22-23 in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties and on Oct. 29-30 in Laurens and Newberry counties. Applicants can apply for one or both hunts. There is no application fee or other costs associated with these hunts. Each hunt will consist of a noon lunch and hunting on Friday afternoon and Saturday mornings. After the noon lunch on Friday, everyone will then disperse to their assigned hunt site.
These special hunts are co-sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which will handle the application process, notification of successful hunters and other correspondence. A number of generous landowners and managers will accommodate hunters on their properties this year during these special hunts. Additional hosts may be added prior to the hunt.
Applications for these special hunts are available from: Union DNR Office, 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379, telephone (864) 427-5140, fax (864) 427-8460 or the DNR Columbia office, PO Box 167, Columbia, S C 29202, telephone (803) 734-3886. You can also download an application. Completed applications must be received at the Union DNR Office by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 to be eligible for the drawing.
A number of organizations are also co-sponsoring these events and provide financial support, personnel assistance during the hunts or assistance in various other ways. These co-sponsors include the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Georgia Pacific Corp., Carolina's Fence Association, South Carolina Disabled Sportsmen, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Sprinkle Prosthetics, the Wounded Warrior Project, South Carolina Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers Association and South Carolina DNR's Take One Make One program. There are also a significant number of volunteers whose individual personal assistance is vital to the success of these events.
Applicants for these hunts are carefully screened and are restricted to persons who are permanently and severely mobility impaired. These include only those who are permanently confined to a wheel chair, persons permanently requiring the use of mechanical aids (walker, braces, etc.) to walk, or persons with complete single or double leg amputations. Each hunter may be accompanied by one other person who can participate in a non-hunting capacity. This year at each of the hunts some severely injured and permanently mobility impaired servicemen and servicewomen will be accommodated in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Gerald Moore, DNR wildlife biologist in Union, said: "Aside from the opportunity to hunt deer on some of the most well managed and exclusive properties in the Upstate, another important benefit of these events is the opportunity to develop friendships and fellowship among those who have similar mobility impairment. We are pleased to cooperate with the various hosts and sponsors of these hunts in assisting those people who are able to take definite steps to pursue their outdoor interests in spite of their mobility impairment." Moore encourages all qualified mobility impaired persons interested in hunting to apply. "It is certainly a great opportunity, and all interested sportsmen and sportswomen who are mobility impaired should try to take advantage of it," he said.
Oct. 22-23 Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union hunt sponsors
Darwin Keller – Keller Property
Bruce Randolph – Badlands Hunt Club
Edward Hollingsworth – Hambright Farm
Dewayne Carroll – Carroll Property
Benji Peterson – Broken Arrow Hunt Club
Wayne Cooper – Arcon Land & Timber LLC
Harold Campbell – Campbell Property
David Weir – Longbeard Timber Co.
Dr. and Mrs. Don McClure – Cow Ford Land Co.
Keith Comer Jr. – Comer Farm LLC
George D. Johnson Jr. – Wylie Fork Creek
Stewart Johnson – Jimmie's Creek Farm
George Graham – Tri G Gun Club
Will Montgomery – Pine Valley Farm
Scott Young – Fourth Lane Hunt Club
John Hayes – Elroma Hunt Club
Sam Shackelford III – Riverside Hunt Club
Tony Lister – Ridge Runner Hunt Club
Ron Roberts – Beulah Creek Hunt Club
Wayne Garner – U.S. Sportsmen's Club
George D. Johnson Jr. – Tyger Ranch
Donnie Loftis – Padgett's Creek Reserve
Donnie Loftis – Rabbit Road Hunt Club
Terry Shockley – Trophy Buck Hunt Club
Steve Koskela – Laura Lynn Farm
Walter Oates – Triangle 113 Farm
Frank Sistare – Fairforest Timber Co.
Edward Hollingsworth – U. S. Sportsmen's Club
Bob Jeter – Chufa Ridge Farm LLC
Bill Meeks – Hunt Timber Co.
John Farris – Fairforest Land & Timber Co.
Johnathon Shelden – U.S. Sportsmen's Club
Jeff Strickland – Strickland Property
Tony Lister – Ridge Runner Hunt Club
Oct. 29-30 Laurens and Newberry hunt sponsors
Wallace Boyd – Quaker Creek Farm
Wade Pitts – Pitts Place
Claude Woollen – Woollen Farm
Steve Frantz – Southern Timber Associates
Chris Grant – The Clinton House Plantation
Charles Blackmon – Blackmon Farm
Bryson Thomason – Fuller Gray Farm
Tim Howard – Sugar Flat Hunt Club
Tom Hawkins – Hawk's Nest Hunt Club
Jim Barnes – Riveroak Properties
James Pitts – LPW Hunt Club
Dave Schemm – Triple S Hunt Club
Derrick Wessinger – Hurricane Hunt Club
Steve Johnson – Johnson Farm
Paul Cape – Deer Run Hunt Club
Danny Roach – Pacolet Milliken Enterprises
Chip Brownlee – Brownlee Farms
Lee Walsh – Belfast Hunt Club
Otis Taylor – The Scott Place (TCA)
Cecil Duffie – Mudlick
Donnie Loftis – Loftis Hunt Club
Terry Cotney – Lester Estate
Rusty Harter – Piedmont Conservation Club
Gary Stephens – Belfast WMA