Applications are now being accepted for an opening-day dove hunt at Evans Field in Anderson County, conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.
Thirty participants will be selected for the Saturday, Sept. 1 dove hunt in a public drawing to be held Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Clemson office.
There is no cost to apply for the drawing. Applicants should type or clearly print their name, mailing address, telephone number and hunting license number on a 3-by-5-inch index card and mail it or bring to the Clemson DNR office. Up to three people can apply together on the same index card, but make sure that complete information for each person is included. Duplicate entries will be disqualified. Send your application only on a 3-by-5-inch index card to the following address: Clemson DNR Office, Evans Dove Hunt Application, 153 Hopewell Road, Pendleton, SC 29670. For more information or questions about the dove hunt, call the Clemson DNR office at (864) 654-1671, extension 16, or send an e-mail to MortonR@dnr.sc.gov.
In recent years, this popular dove field at the Evans Field near the Lebanon Community in Anderson County has attracted so many sportsmen that the number of participants on opening day must be restricted. This is being done solely because of safety concerns. However, this approach will provide a higher quality hunting experience for those attending.
Hunters will be required to have the permit in their possession while on the field during opening day of dove season. Hunt permits will not be transferable. Selected hunters will need a state hunting license, Wildlife Management Area permit and migratory bird permit.