COLUMBIA — Youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15, would you like to go deer hunting this fall but don’t have anyone to take you? Would you like for the hunt to be somewhere nearby where there are lots of deer? Would you like for this event to be carefully supervised and for a responsible adult to become your mentor and help teach you how to hunt effectively, safely and ethically?
There are no costs associated with these special hunts but parents or a guardian must provide written permission for their youngster to attend and sign a liability wavier form and provide transportation to and from the event. Young sportsmen and sportswomen who think they might like to attend one of these special youth deer hunts this fall are encouraged to write or call for an application today. The deadline for returning applications is Monday, Sept. 15. You may get an application from: Union DNR Office, 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379, telephone (864) 427-5140; South Carolina DNR Columbia Office, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, telephone (803) 734-3886; or you can download an application from the DNR website at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/youthhunting/youthhuntingapp.html.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in cooperation with a number of private individuals and hunting clubs are co-sponsoring a number of youth deer hunts in the Piedmont region this fall. These events will be a part of the DNR’s Take One Make One program (www.dnr.sc.gov/education/tomo/index.html).
“We are specifically looking for young people who have an interest in hunting but don’t have anyone to take them,” said Gerald Moore, DNR wildlife biologist. “These special hunts are designed for a growing number of youth today who don’t have a parent, relative or close friend that hunts and can provide them proper exposure to the hunting experience. As a result, many of today’s young people are missing out on a challenging and enjoyable recreational activity.”
Special youth deer hunts are scheduled at the following sites:
Oct. 18, Laurens County, Brownlee Farm
Oct. 18, Laurens County, Johnson Farm
Nov. 8, Spartanburg County, Horseshoe Falls Hunt Club
Nov. 15, Union County, Laura Lyn Farm
Nov. 15, Union County, Chufa Ridge Farm
Nov. 15, Cherokee County, Broken Arrow Hunt Club
Dec. 6, Spartanburg County, 10 Point Hunt Club
Dec. 6, Spartanburg County, Yelton Farm
Dec. 13, Laurens County, The Clinton House Plantation
Dec. 13, Union County, Trophy Buck Club
Participants will be required to complete a short training course on gun safety and go to the rifle range and fire the gun they will be using during the hunt. Appropriate firearms will be provided for those who need them. An adult will accompany each youngster at the rifle range and during all hunting activities. Lunch will be provided by ATDO Ministries prior to the hunt for all youth and their parents.