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August 7, 2009

Abbeville youth dove hunt applications due by Aug. 14

A youth dove hunt, sponsored by S.C. Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service, is scheduled for the opening day of dove season on Saturday, Sept. 5 in Abbeville County. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 14.

Interested youth should apply by writing or stopping by the Greenwood DNR office at 2751 Highway 72 East or by writing DNR, Youth Dove Hunt, 2751 Highway 72 East, Abbeville, SC 29620 or calling (864) 223-2731.

Include name, address, telephone number, age of each youth applicant, and whether or not the youth has ever hunted and whether or not the youth has ever participated in the Abbeville County youth dove hunt. The limited number of available slots will be selected by random drawing. Successful applicants will be mailed additional information; unsuccessful applicants are also notified. Hunt permits are not transferable.

To be eligible for this hunt, adults 21 years or older must bring one or two youths 17 years or younger.
The following regulations also apply on special youth dove hunts: (1) Adults accompanying youth are not allowed to shoot at any time during special youth dove hunts. (2) Adults must remain in the field and closely supervise participating youth at all times. (3) In parties of one adult and two youths, only one youth hunter may be handling a loaded firearm at any given time. (4) Bag limit is 15 birds per youth participant. Birds harvested by individual hunters must be kept separate, and in no instance may an individual hunter harvest more than 15 birds. Adults who are participating in the hunt must have a valid South Carolina hunting license, Wildlife Management Area permit and migratory bird (HIP) permit.

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