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July 29, 2011

Adult, youth dove hunts to be held at Draper WMA in York County

Applications are due Aug. 12 for an opening day (Sept. 3, 2011) adult dove hunt and youth dove hunt at Draper Wildlife Management Area in York County.

Public drawings will be held to select participants for the opening day dove hunts at the Draper Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in York County. This year on opening day, a special youth dove hunt will be held in addition to the regular public dove hunt at Draper WMA. Dove season opens this year on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.

Like last year, the number of hunters on opening day will again be limited at this popular dove field near Historic Brattonsville. "This is being done entirely because of safety concerns," said Jeff Witt, DNR unit wildlife biologist.
Eighty-five hunters will be selected to hunt at the regular Draper public dove field and this hunt will begin as usual at noon. This year, a separate field is being reserved to accommodate 30 youths, age 17 and under, who must be accompanied by a licensed adult who is 21 years of age or older. An adult can bring one or two youths.

The Draper WMA youth dove hunt will begin at 2 p.m. There is no cost to apply for either of the hunts.
Applications are available online. Applications should be sent to the following address: SCDNR Office, Dove Hunt Application, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202.

Eligibility for the youth 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 one adult and 2 youth, only one 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. Adults and youth who are 16 and older and attending the hunt must have a valid South Carolina hunting license, Wildlife Management Area Permit and migratory bird (HIP) permit.

All applicants will be notified of the selection and mailed a notice. If selected for the hunt, each participant must keep the notice in their possession at all times while on the field during opening day of dove season. Hunt permits are not transferable.

Contact the Columbia DNR Office at (803) 734-3609 for information about the public dove hunts at the Draper WMA or other public dove hunting opportunities.

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