NEWS RELEASE #05-141 July 18, 2005 DNR News (803) 734-3950
FIRST DOVE HUNT AT DONNELLEY WMA TO BE LIMITED BY DRAWING
Dove hunting at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area in Colleton County will be limited on Sept. 7 to 120 guns through an on-site drawing the day of the hunt, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
To avoid overcrowding and address safety concerns, the first dove hunt of the year at this popular Wildlife Management Area in Colleton County near Green Pond will allow only 120 hunters on the fields at any time.
The drawing for Donnelley dove hunting will be held at noon by hand drawing at the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area (WMA) check station. To enter the drawing, hunters will be required to write their name on a 3-by-5 index card and insert it into a sealed box prior to the drawing. Parties of up to four may apply on the same card. All hunters must have a hunting license; WMA permit and migratory bird permit in possession to apply. For more information on dove hunting at Donnelley, call the Donnelley WMA office (843) 844-8957 near Green Pond.
The first 60 hunters selected in the Donnelley drawing will be directed to the Mary's Island field, and the next 60 hunters will remain at the Check Station field. Hunters not drawn initially can wait for an open slot (chosen by drawing) as other hunters leave or travel to nearby Bear Island WMA or the Webb Center in Garnett to hunt. Hunters who wait for an open slot are not guaranteed a hunting opportunity.
"Last year so many hunters showed up at Donnelley WMA on our opening day that we had a potential safety problem," said Dean Harrigal, S.C. Department of Natural (DNR) wildlife biologist for the ACE Basin. "By limiting participation in an equitable manner we can provide a safer environment and a better experience for all hunters.
"We have good crops of wheat, corn and sunflowers at both Bear Island and Donnelley dove fields," Harrigal said. "DNR staff members at these areas have worked especially hard in planting and preparing the fields. Hopefully we will attract enough birds for good hunts at both places."
Dove hunts at Donnelley WMA and Bear Island WMA will be held on Sept. 7, 14 and 28 during the first mourning dove season. Only the Sept. 7 hunt at Donnelley will select hunters by drawing.
Hunters on all public dove fields are limited to 50 shells each and must possess a South Carolina state hunting license, a WMA permit and a migratory bird permit. Hunting hours are from noon until 6 p.m. during the first season