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July 30, 2010

DNR to conduct youth dove hunts around S.C.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct eight Youth Dove Hunts on Sept. 4, 2010. The Youth Dove Hunts will be in the following counties: Abbeville, Charleston, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Sumter, Union and York.

Eligibility for these hunts requires adults 21 years or older to bring 1 or 2 youths 17 years of age or younger. The following regulations also apply on Special Youth Dove Hunts:

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. To apply for Special Youth Dove Hunts requiring preregistration, applicants must supply the following information for each member of the hunt part: Name, age, address, and phone number. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.

The Abbeville County field is co-sponsored by DNR and the U.S. Forest Service. The youth dove field is located five miles east of Abbeville on Hwy 72 and quarter 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 DNR Youth Hunt, 2751 Hwy 72 east, Abbeville, SC 29620, beginning August 1. The deadline for receiving applications is August 13. Participants are selected by drawing for the 25 available slots. 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 Office (864) 223-2731 ext. # 206 for additional hunt information or to apply for the hunt.

The Charleston County field is located on Botany Bay Plantation WMA and managed by DNR. To locate this youth dove field take Hwy. 174 from US 17 towards Edisto Beach and then turn left onto Botany Bay Road. Continue 8.9 miles south of the McKinley Washington Bridge (just beyond the Edisto Serpentarium) and proceed down Botany Bay Road for 2 miles. Just before the road ends the entrance to the WMA is on the left and the dove field is approximately 2 miles from the entrance. No pre-registration required and for additional information call the Donnelley 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 Department of Transportation. The property is located north of I26 on Hwy. 121. To locate this youth dove field travel towards Whitmire on Hwy. 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 are selected by drawing. Apply in writing (name, address, telephone number, and age of each youth applicant) or call beginning August 1. The deadline is August 13. This youth dove field is limited to 20 slots. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by mail. Additional information concerning the hunt will be provided to the successful applicants. For additional information or to apply for the hunt please contact the Columbia DNR Office at P.O. Box 167, Columbia, S.C. 29202. (803) 734-3898.

The Oconee County dove field is co-sponsored by the DNR, the U.S. Forest Service and the Upper Savannah River Chapter of Quail Unlimited. The Long Creek Tract youth dove field is located outside of Westminster on Hwy. 76. Take a Left on Orchard Road and proceed .75 mile to the 20 acre field on the right. Pre-registration is required and applications for the youth hunts are due by August 18. Applications are available at the Clemson DNR Office, SCDNR web site or mortonr@dnr.sc.gov. There will be a total of 35 slots available for the two fields, if there are more than thirty-five 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 please contact the Clemson DNR Office at (864) 654-1671, ext. 16.

The Orangeburg County dove field is located off of Hwy #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 approximately 0.3 miles from the entrance. This area is owned by the S.C. Public Service Authority and managed by the 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 August 1. The deadline is August 13. For additional information or to apply for the hunt please contact the Columbia DNR Office at P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202. (803) 734-3898.

The Sumter County dove field is co-sponsored by the DNR and the S.C. Forestry Commission. The youth dove field is located on Manchester State Forest on Hwy 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 August. The deadline is August 13. This youth dove field is limited to 35 slots. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified my mail. Additional information concerning the hunt will be provided to the successful applicants. For additional information or to apply for the hunt please contact the Columbia DNR Office at P.O. Box 167, Columbia, S.C. 29202. (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 Hwy. 49 at Cross Keys. Pre-registration is required beginning July 1 and the deadline for applications is August 13. A limited number of participants will be selected by public drawing at noon on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. 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 and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by mail. Lunch will be served at 1:00 pm and hunt activities will begin at 2:00 pm with a discussion of hunter safety and guidelines for the hunt. All participants must attend the safety talk at 2:00 pm in order to participate. For additional hunt information or to apply for the hunt contact the Union DNR Office at 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379. (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 beginning July 1 and the application deadline is Aug. 13. 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 2:00 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 on Aug. 17 to select participants for the youth dove hunt. Successful applicants will be mailed a permit by August 23 and will be required to have this permit in their possession while on the field during the youth hunt on Sept. 4. 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 (864) 427-5140 (office) or (864) 427-8460 (fax).


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