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Youth coon hunts to be hosted throughout South CarolinaSeptember 29, 2016

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the S.C. Coon Hunters Association are hosting a series of nine youth coon hunts around the state starting in October and ending in February.

Guns will not be allowed as the youth coon hunt events are all non-harvest.

Guns will not be allowed as the youth coon hunt events are all non-harvest.

The hunts will serve as regional qualifying events for the State Championship Youth Hunt and are designed to teach ethics and sportsmanship through low-intensity competitive events. The top two hunters in both age groups (six to 13 and 14 to 17) and the sportsmanship winners in both age groups will qualify for the annual South Carolina Youth Raccoon Hunting Championship, scheduled for March 4, 2017, at Webb Wildlife Center in Hampton County.

Competitors are allowed to hunt in as many youth coon hunts as they choose and all events are free of charge. In accordance with competition hunt rules, no raccoons are killed during the competition and guns are not be allowed. Each potential participant should contact the sponsoring clubs for information regarding specific hunts, and they are also responsible for bringing a coon dog. Competitors need to be able, with minimal assistance from an adult, to acknowledge when his or her dog strikes and trees. Winners are determined based solely upon the dogs’ abilities to strike a trail and tree a raccoon. The hunt awards points based upon the order the contestants interpret their dogs’ barks to identify when the dogs "strike" the raccoons’ trails and when their dogs have "treed" the raccoons.

For more information on the youth coon hunting series, call (803) 734-3609.

Youth coon hunt locations, dates and contacts:

by Kyndel McConchie
Public Information Director I - Midlands
Office of Media & Outreach

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