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August 1, 2011

Youth dove hunt to be held in Abbeville County Sept. 3

A youth dove hunt, sponsored by S.C. Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service, is scheduled for the opening day of dove season on Saturday Sept. 3 in Abbeville County.

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: (1) Adults accompanying youth are NOT allowed to shoot at any time during Special Youth Dove Hunts. (2) Adults must remain in the field and closely supervise participating youth at all times. (3) In parties of 1 adult and 2 youths, only 1 youth hunter may be handling a loaded firearm at any given time. (4) Bag limit is 15 birds per youth participant. Birds harvested by individual hunters must be kept separate, and in no instance may an individual hunter harvest more than 15 birds. All participants 16 and older (including adults) must have a valid South Carolina hunting license, Wildlife Management Area Permit, and migratory bird (HIP) permit.

Applications must be received in the Columbia office by Friday, Aug. 12, 2011 to be eligible for the drawing. The adult should be the first person listed on the application. Applications can be obtained online or call (803) 734-3609. Mail completed application to SCDNR, Public Youth dove Hunts, Attn: Patty Castine, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202.

After the selection process, the first person on the application will receive notification as to whether their hunt party has or has not been selected. The drawing is done by computer and all blanks must be completed correctly. Applicants do not have to choose every site; however indicate the sites you are interested in hunting, but you will only be drawn for one site.

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