12 youth hunters participate in Cottageville squirrel hunt
Twelve youth hunters from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Take One Make One program, with the help of club members from Sandhill Hunting Club and members of the QDMA Coastal Branch, enjoyed a sunny day of squirrel hunting with dogs, some delicious southern cooking, and a lot of camaraderie on Feb. 20 near Cottageville.
The young hunters were split into three groups and paired with their guides and dog handlers. Each youth is accompanied by a parent or is assigned an adult mentor to accompany them during all activities. The morning and evening hunt was considered a success with a total of 18 squirrels bagged for the day.
Youth hunts are designed for young hunters age 17 and under who have an interest in hunting, but have no one to take them or have very limited opportunities to hunt. The goal at these hunts is to teach young people how to hunt properly, ethically and safely. At the youth hunts, significant time is devoted to education and training prior to actually going hunting. Firearms safety is stressed and all participants review the safe and proper methods of gun handling.
Youngsters are able to attend these special events at no cost. A hunting license is not required for those under age 16, but hunters who are 16 or 17 years of age are required to have a Junior Sportsman's License and must have completed the South Carolina Hunter Education Course prior to purchasing a hunting license. The hunter education course is now available as a home study course by calling 1-800-277-4301.
Those interested in youth hunting opportunities statewide should contact the Take One Make One program at PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, telephone (800) 922-4301.
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