NEWS RELEASE #05- 110 June 6, 2005 DNR News (803) 734-3950
HUNTS DEDICATED TO FALLEN SOLDIER
Hunts and camps that are part of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Take One Make One program are being held in honor of a Lexington man who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a fund has been established in his name that is benefitting the outdoor mentoring program.
Army Specialist Thomas Caughman of Lexington was an avid outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing. The 20-year-old was killed June 9, 2004, in an insurgents' ambush while on night patrol in Baghdad, Iraq. A memorial fund established in his name has so far collected more than $12,000 for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' Take One Make One program.
The expanded mentoring program, operated through the DNR Law Enforcement Division, partners youths with an experienced hunter or fisherman to serve as a mentor by teaching the requisite skills of the program and sharing equipment. With the program's focus on family involvement, parents are encouraged to participate alongside their children.
To obtain an application and learn more about Take One Make One, SC Reel Kids and other educational opportunities for youths and adults, visit the state DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.sc.us and click on the "Education" link on the left or call (803) 734-4011 in Columbia. A goal-oriented educational program, Take One Make One encourages both mentors and youths to work with the program staff, DNR conservation officers and biologists.
Take One Make One is divided into two age categories: 10 to 15, and 16 and older. Participants set goals appropriate to their category and submit proof of successful completion of these goals to the Take One Make One office. Participants will be rewarded for their achievements as they progress.
Young people in both age groups are required to attend a hunter education course and visit a supervised sport-shooting facility or document a supervised shooting practice session with their mentors. After completion of a hunter education course, the youth will be allowed on one of the Take One Make One youth hunts or DNR-sponsored hunts.
Hunters and anglers interested in becoming mentors can contact the Take One Make One program for more information. Mentors are required to pass a criminal background check and have regular access to a hunting area. Mentors are encouraged to identify potential youths through friends or can have one assigned by Take One Make One based on interests and geography.
Children, young adults and families interested in participating are encouraged to contact Take One Make One and fill out an application. Participants may find an existent hunter or fisherman willing to become a mentor, or have one assigned through the program.
Take One Make One is structured similarly to SC Reel Kids, a successful goal-oriented youth education program designed to introduce youth to fishing.
To introduce the program, the Take One Make One education trailer and an agency representative will visit various events, clubs and organizations around the state. The trailer is equipped with a graphical shooting simulator allowing youths to shoot at targets and virtual animals.
Take One Make One is looking for additional sponsors. Donations of equipment and services, money, use of hunting areas and time at shooting ranges are always welcome.