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July 13, 2010

Deadline is Aug. 13 for Union County youth dove hunt

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service will co-sponsor a youth dove hunt at the Forest Service Sedalia Dove Field in Union County on opening day of dove season, Saturday, Sept. 4. Preregistration is required, and the deadline for registration is Friday, Aug. 13.

For additional hunt information or to apply for the hunt, telephone the Union DNR Office at (864) 427-5140 or send a fax to (864) 427-8460. You can also mail your application to the Union DNR Office at 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379.

A limited number of participants will be selected by a public drawing at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 17. Applicants may apply by mail, fax or call and register for the drawing. Mailed applications must include the name, address and home phone number for the adult and the name and age of each youth applicant. Please specify if the youth has attended a S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sponsored youth dove hunt previously. There is no cost to apply or to attend. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by mail.

Youth participants must be age 17 or younger and they must be accompanied by an adult 21 years old or older. Adults must have one but no more than two youths at a stand, and only one youth at a time is allowed to shoot. Adults are not permitted to shoot on youth hunts, and all shooting must be done by youth only. All adults accompanying youth must have a valid South Carolina hunting license, Wildlife Management Area (WMA) permit and the free migratory bird or Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit. 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. 

Lunch for hunt participants and their parents will be served at 1 p.m., and hunt activities will begin at 2 p.m. with a discussion of hunter safety and guidelines for the hunt. All participants must attend the safety talk at 2 p.m. in order to participate. The hunt will end at 6 p.m.

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