Turkey hunters will get the chance to introduce youths to the grand sport of wild turkey hunting during adult-youth turkey drawing hunts sponsored in April by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The deadline to apply for these hunts is Monday, March 2.
The application and fee deadline is Monday, March 2 for the Donnelley, Bonneau Ferry, and Santee Cooper WMA adult-youth turkey hunts, no exceptions. For applications and information write: Youth Turkey Hunt, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, call (803) 734-3886 in Columbia. Download application.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is scheduling “drawing-only” adult-youth public turkey hunts on three areas: Donnelley, Bonneau Ferry, and Santee Cooper Wildlife Management Areas. Colleton County's Donnelley Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is an 8,048-acre tract in the ACE Basin, the Bonneau Ferry WMA is a 10,697-acre tract in Berkeley County, and Santee Cooper WMA is a 3,222-acre area in Orangeburg County. All three WMAs are managed by the DNR. The hunts will be held on Saturdays—April 7, 14, 21 and 28 with a bag limit of one gobbler per hunter.
Applications must be received through the mail with application fees enclosed; no fax applications will be accepted. Turkey hunters will be selected through a computerized drawing. Only adult-youth parties are allowed to apply. The adult as well as the youth can hunt and both can take one bird. One youth 10 to 17 years of age must accompany the adult, and youths must actively participate in the hunts. All youths, regardless of age, are required to possess a set of free turkey tags available at check stations, and all harvested turkeys must be checked at the management area check station where harvested.