South Carolina Mobility Impaired Hunts Available
Mobility impaired hunters will again be treated to a very unique opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on about forty-five well managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate.
The hunts are scheduled for October 24-25 in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties and on October 31-November 1 in Laurens and Newberry counties. Applicants can apply for one or both hunts. There is not any application fee or other costs associated with these hunts. Each hunt will consist of a noon lunch and hunting on Friday afternoon and Saturday mornings. After the noon lunch on Friday, everyone will then disperse to his or her assigned hunt site.
These special hunts are co-sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who will handle the application process, notification of successful hunters and other correspondence. A number of very generous landowners and managers listed below will accommodate hunters on their properties this year during these special hunts. Additional hosts may be added prior to the hunt.
OCTOBER 24-25, 2008 – CHEROKEE, SPARTANBURG AND UNION COUNTY HUNT
- CHEROKEE COUNTY
- Dr. Darwin Keller – Keller Property
- Mr. Bruce Randolph – Badlands Hunt Club
- Mr. Edward Hollingsworth – Hambright Farm
- SPARTANBURG COUNTY
- Mr. Harold Campbell – Campbell Property
- Mr. Lon Alexander – BD Properties
- Dr. David Weir – Longbeard Timber Company
- Dr. and Mrs. Don McClure – Cow Ford Land Co.
- Mr. Keith Comer, Jr. – Comer Farm, LLC
- Mr. Lamar Fuller – Bull Run Hunt Club
- Mr. George D. Johnson, Jr. – Wylie Fork Creek
- Mr. Stewart Johnson – Jimmie's Creek Farm
- Dr. George Graham – Tri G Gun Club
- Mr. Will Montgomery – Pine Valley Farm
- UNION COUNTY
- Mr. Ron Roberts – Beulah Creek Hunt Club
- Mr. Wayne Garner – U. S. Sportsmen's Club
- Mr. Al Bullington – Tyger Ranch
- Mr. Donnie Loftis – Padgett's Creek Reserve
- Mr. Donnie Loftis – Rabbit Road Hunt Club
- Mr. Terry Shockley – Trophy Buck Hunt Club
- Mr. Steve Koskela – Laura Lynn Farm
- Mr. Walter Oates – Triangle 113 Farm
- Mr. Frank Sistare – Fairforest Timber Co.
- Mr. Edward Hollingsworth – U. S. Sportsmen's
OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 1, 2008 - LAURENS AND NEWBERRY COUNTY HUNT
- LAURENS COUNTY
- Dr. Wallace Boyd – Quaker Creek Farm
- Mr. Wade Pitts – Pitts Place
- Dr. Claude Woollen – Woollen Farm
- Mr. Phil Lucas – Carroll Hunt Club
- Mr. Steve Frantz – Southern Timber Associates
- Mr. Chris Grant – The Clinton House Plantation
- Mr. Charles Blackmon – Blackmon Farm
- Mr. Bryson Thomason – Fuller Gray Farm
- Mr. Tim Howard – Sugar Flat Hunt Club
- Mr. Tex Small – Sundowner Farm
- Mr. Tom Hawkins – Hawk's Nest Hunt Club
- Mr. Jim Barnes – Riveroak Properties
- Mr. Chuck Bagwell – Enoree River Hunt Club
- Mr. James Pitts – LPW Hunt Club
- Mr. Dave Schemm – Triple S Hunt Club
- Dr. Derrick Wessinger – Hurricane Hunt Club
- Mr. Steve Johnson – Johnson Farm
- NEWBERRY COUNTY
- Mr. Lee Walsh – Belfast Hunt Club
- Mr. Otis Taylor – The Scott Place (TCA)
- Mr. Cecil Duffie – Mudlick
- Mr. Donnie Loftis – Loftis Hunt Club
- Mr. Terry Cotney – Lester Estate
A number of organizations are also co-sponsoring these events and provide financial support, personnel assistance during the hunts or assistance in various other ways. These co-sponsors include the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Carolina's Fence Association, South Carolina Disabled Sportsmen, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Sprinkle Prosthetics, the Wounded Warrior Project, South Carolina Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers Association, South Carolina DNR's TAKE ONE MAKE ONE program http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/tomo/index.html and the Spartanburg Gun Club. There are also a significant number of volunteers whose individual personal assistance is vital to the success of these events.
Applicants for these hunts are carefully screened and are restricted to persons who are permanently and severely mobility impaired. These include only those who are permanently confined to a wheel chair, persons permanently requiring the use of mechanical aids (walker, braces, etc.) to walk, or persons with complete single or double leg amputations. Each hunter may be accompanied by one other person who can participate in a non hunting capacity. This year at each of the hunts some severely injured and permanently mobility impaired servicemen and servicewomen will be accommodated in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project, http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
Gerald Moore, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist in Union, said, "aside from the opportunity to hunt deer on some of the most well managed and exclusive properties in the Upstate, another important benefit of these events is the opportunity to develop friendships and fellowship among those who have similar disabilities. We are pleased to cooperate with the various hosts and sponsors of these hunts in assisting those people who are able to take definite steps to pursue their outdoor interests in spite of their disabilities." Moore encourages all qualified mobility impaired persons interested in hunting to apply. "It is certainly a great opportunity, and all interested sportsmen and sportswomen who are mobility impaired should try to take advantage of it."
Applications for these special hunts are available from: Union DNR Office, 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, S. C. 29379, telephone (864) 427-5140, fax (864) 427-8460 or the SCDNR Columbia Office, P. O. Box 167, Columbia, S. C. 29202, telephone (803) 734-3886. You can also download an application from the DNR website, http://www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/mobilityhunt. Completed applications must be received at the Union DNR Office by 5 p.m. Monday, September 22, 2008, to be eligible for the drawing.
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