South Carolina Youth Participate in Deer Hunts

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The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with public and private landowners, provided quality deer hunting opportunities to 455 youth sportsmen and sportswomen in South Carolina over the past year.

In 2007, 105 deer were harvested and there were 76 first time hunters involved with S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Youth Deer Hunts statewide. A total of 39 youth hunts were held statewide.

DNR Youth Deer Hunts strongly encourage participation by youths who have never been deer hunting and introduce the new hunters to the challenges, thrills and enjoyment associated with hunting. All programs stress hunting safety and ethics.

Youth deer hunts organized by DNR biologists and those sponsored by the DNR "Take One Make One" program were held in the following counties:

  • * Allendale County: One youth hunt held, attended by seven youths, one of which was a first-time hunter, with one deer harvested.
  • * Anderson County: One youth hunt held, attended by 20 youths, 10 of which were first-time hunters, with two deer harvested.
  • * Bamberg County: Three youth hunts held, attended by 42 youths, seven of which were first-time hunters, with nine deer harvested.
  • * Berkeley County: Eighteen youth hunts held, attended by 181 youths, 15 of which were first-time hunters, with 31 deer harvested.
  • * Charleston County: Two youth hunts held, attended by 59 hunters, no first-time hunters, with nine deer harvested.
  • * Colleton County: Two youth hunts held, attended by 44 hunters, four of which were first-time hunters, with 13 deer harvested.
  • * Georgetown County: Two youth hunts held, attended by nine hunters, three of which were first-time hunters, with six deer harvested.
  • * Laurens County: One youth hunt held, attended by five hunters, four of which were first-time hunters, with no deer harvested.
  • * Newberry County: One youth hunt held, attended by eight hunters, one of which was a first-time hunter, with four deer harvested.
  • * Orangeburg County: Two youth hunts held, attended by 19 hunters, seven of which were first-time hunters, with 14 deer harvested.
  • * Richland County: One youth hunt held, attended by 17 hunters, two of which were first-time hunters, with four deer harvested.
  • * Spartanburg County: Three youth hunts held, attended by 21 hunters, 12 of which were first-time hunters, with seven deer harvested.
  • * Sumter County: One youth hunt held, attended by 15 hunters, five of which were first-time hunters, with one deer harvested.
  • * York County: One youth hunt held, attended by eight hunters, five of which were first-time hunters, with four deer harvested.
  • If you are interested in youth deer hunts organized by DNR biologists, contact them at the following numbers: Richard Morton at the Clemson DNR office at (864) 654-1671 for Anderson County; Gerald Moore at (864) 427-5140 for Laurens and Spartanburg counties, Willie Simmons at the Columbia office at (803) 734-3898 for Orangeburg, Richland, and Sumter counties; and Will Carlisle at the Dennis Wildlife Center (843) 825-3387 for Berkeley County.

    DNR's Take One Make One increases public involvement with a mentorship program that provides suitable locations for students to learn about conservation and experience the outdoors through hunting and fishing. Take One Make One also sponsors several mobility impaired hunts around the state throughout the year. For more information on the program, to enroll as a student, or for information on how to become an adult sponsor call (803) 734-3995 in Columbia or toll free 800-922-4301.

    DNR thanks Clemson University, Clinton House Plantation, Dodson Farm, MeadWestvaco, R.B. Rhyne, Santee Cooper, Shaw Air Force Base, Ten Point Hunt Club, USDA Forest Service, Yelton Farm and the numerous individuals who worked to make these events happen.

    DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.