** Archived Article - please check for current information. **
May 23, 2013
SC Youth Shooting Foundation conducts state championship tournament
On May 11, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sponsored the SC Youth Shooting Foundation’s State Sporting Clays Championship at Rocky Creek Sporting Clays in Richburg. Four hundred fifty-six (456) male and female students from around the state competed in a variety of age brackets. DNR also gave $6000 in college scholarships to the top three male and female graduating seniors thanks to a grant from the Harry Hampton Foundation. The top graduating senior male and female both received $1500; 2nd place received $1000; and 3rd place received $500 each.
The first place graduating senior in the male division was Lewis Warr from Wilson Hall School in Sumter. Second place in the graduating senior male division was Jake Nidiffer from Hammond School in Columbia. Third place in the graduating senior male division was Adam Willey from the Pendleton 4H Shooting Club. The first place in the graduating senior female division was Victoria Chapman from Newberry 4H shooting Club. Second place was Haylea Carter from Rocky Knoll Shooting Club in Abbeville. Third place in the graduating senior female division went to Mary Anna Mason from Laurence Manning Academy in Manning.
The non-profit SC Youth Shooting Foundation was formed to promote shooting sports in the Palmetto State as well as the Scholastic Clay Target Program. The foundation promotes all three regimens of clay target shooting: Sporting Clays, Trap, and Skeet. Teams were initially formed from gun clubs, 4-H clubs and private schools. North Central High School was the first public school to form a high school shooting team. There are now six public schools with shooting teams in SC including Lugoff-Elgin HS in Kershaw County and Hillcrest HS in Greenville County.
DNR has assisted the growing program by off-setting costs for shot shells and targets, as well as providing training for coaches and students in firearms safety and hunter education. All youth shooters are able to participate in the state championship which is totally sponsored by DNR. Shooter qulify to attend the state championship by successfully completing Hunter Education and attending at least one prior event held by the SC Youth Shooting Foundation. Funding for this effort is provided through Federal Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) Funds.
- Spartanburg High earns first place at 2013 SC Envirothon
- Jumping-Off Rock will be open year-round in Jocassee Gorges
- DNR Courtesy boating inspections set during Memorial Day weekend
- Thermal thinning and pruning with prescribed fire benefits longleaf pine stands
- Statewide deer harvest decreases slightly in 2012
- DNR stocks 750 channel cats in Lake Ashwood in Lee County
- Seabirds begin nesting along SC coast
- DNR recognizes Volunteers of the Year
- Wheelchair turkey hunt held in Upstate
- SC Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series donates $50,000 to Memorial Reef Project
- Chapman HS has clean sweep in Upstate fishing tourney
- Oyster season closes May 15, clam season to close May 31
- 2013 public alligator hunting, special WMA season applications available online May 1
- Drought officially over for all South Carolina counties
- DNR graduates 14 from Criminal Justice Academy
- South Carolina Conservation Bank Board to meet April 30 in Columbia
- DNR seeks angler support for cobia research
- Don't adopt a 'lost' fawn, it's illegal and likely not abandoned
- Pro angler Hank Parker to headline May 14 TL Hanna HS fundraiser
- Aiken County wildlife area opens to the public Saturdays in May
- Successful fall dove hunt depends on planning, preparing fields now
- Freshwater fishing trends
- Saltwater fishing trends
- S.C. weekly tidetable
- DNR video
- Archived news releases