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July 16, 2009

Upstate youth dove hunt applications due by Aug. 14

Two youth dove hunts, sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and the Upper Savannah River Chapter of Quail Unlimited, will be held in the Upstate on Saturday, Sept. 5, the first day of dove season.

Applications for the youth dove hunts are due by Friday, Aug. 14. Interested youths or adults should call or come by the Clemson DNR office, 311 Natural Resources Drive, to receive an application. To request an application by phone, call the Clemson DNR office at (864) 654-1671, extension 24. Application requests may also be e-mailed to: MortonR@dnr.sc.gov.

One major change this year is that only the youth will be allowed to shoot. Fifty shells are allowed per hunter. Applicants who have at least one youth member of their hunting party who has not participated on a DNR youth dove hunt before will be given priority. Youth must be age 17 or younger and be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.

Fifty-five slots will be available for these two hunts. If more than 55 applications are received, a random selection will be held. Previous participants in the youth dove hunts are encouraged to sign up for these hunts and encourage a friend to do the same. Duplicate applications will be disqualified.

One of the hunts will be conducted in Pickens County and one in Oconee County. The Pickens County field is within 5 miles of Six Mile. Long Creek field is located off of Orchard Road in Long Creek. All successful applicants will be notified by letter with details of the meeting times and exact locations of these hunts. All applicants will be notified about their status after the drawing is completed. Selected hunters will need a Wildlife Management Area permit if applicable.

Contributors to the hunts include the Upstate Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, South Carolina's 4-H Program and the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund.

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