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August 6, 2010

Sept. 4 youth/adult dove hunt sponsored by Clemson University, DNR

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Clemson University's Research Farm Services will sponsor a youth/adult dove hunt on the opening day of mourning dove season Saturday, Sept. 4.
This is a one-time hunt, and the field will only be open for this opening-day hunt. The field is located near Pendleton in Anderson County at the Simpson Agriculture Station.

For more information on the youth/adult dove hunt, call the Clemson S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office at (864) 654-1671, extension 16, or send an e-mail to MortonR@dnr.sc.gov.

All participants must have an adult, 21 years or older, with them in order to hunt; youths must be 17 or younger. All adults will be required to have a valid state hunting license, Wildlife Management Area (WMA) permit and migratory bird permit.

One adult may bring up to two youths and will use the same stand. Only the youth will be allowed to shoot.

This hunt will be on a first-come, first-served basis as the field is very large and can accommodate about 75-80 hunters. If more than 80 hunters arrive for the hunt, latecomers will be asked to wait until someone leaves the field before entering.

To reach the field, from Pendleton just north of the SC 187 and US 76 intersection, turn right off US 76 onto Westinghouse Road and proceed to the stop sign (about 1 mile) and turn right onto Lebanon Road and proceed 2.1 miles. Adult/youth hunt signs will be posted at that point. Access to the field will only be available from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4.

To reach the field from the junction of Lebanon Road and US 178, turn onto Lebanon Road and go 3.3 miles to Simpson Agriculture Station. From there, follow dove field signs on your right.

This is a large cornfield that has been recently harvested, and the DNR is hopeful that doves will begin to quickly use this field.

All hunters must report to the field at 11:30 a.m. for a brief safety talk. The following regulations will apply:

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