NEWS RELEASE #05-148 July 25, 2005 DNR News (803) 734-3950
EIGHT YOUTH DOVE HUNTS SET FOR OPENING DAY BY STATE DNR
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will have eight Youth Dove Hunts on the opening day of mourning dove season, Saturday, Sept. 3. The Youth Dove Hunts will be in the following counties: Abbeville, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Sumter, Union and York.
Eligibility for these hunts requires adults 21 years or older to bring one or two youths 5 to 15 years of age. For general information on the youth dove hunts, call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office at (803) 734-3886.
The Abbeville County field is co-sponsored by DNR and U.S. Forest Service. The youth dove field is located five miles east of Abbeville on SC 72 and one-quarter mile south on Bass Road. Pre-registration for the Abbeville Youth Dove Hunt begins Monday, Aug. 8 and the deadline is Friday, Aug. 19. Participants are selected by drawing. Successful applicants are given additional information (reporting time, maps, hunt rules, etc.) and unsuccessful applicants are also notified by mail. Call the Greenwood DNR office at (864) 223-2731 for additional hunt information or to apply for hunt.
The Newberry County field is co-sponsored by DNR and the U.S. Forest Service. The dove field is owned by the S.C. Department of Transportation, and the property is located north of I-26 on SC 121. To locate this youth dove field travel towards Whitmire on SC 121 for 9.2 miles take a right turn on McCullough Road and then go 0.7 miles to the field on the right. Pre-registration is required and applicants can call in their information (name, address, telephone number, and age of each youth applicant) beginning Monday, Aug. 1. This youth dove field is limited to 30 slots. All successful applicants will be notified by mail and will receive the following additional information: hunt rules, map, and meeting time. For additional information or to apply for the hunt please contact the Columbia DNR Office at PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or call (803) 734-3898.
The Oconee County and Pickens County dove fields are co-sponsored by DNR, U.S. Forest Service, the Upper Savannah River Chapter of Quail Unlimited and the Upstate Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The youth dove field in Oconee County is located seven miles north of Walhalla on SC 28 off of Tunneltown Road, and the Pickens County field is located within five miles of Six Mile on Mountain View Church Road. Pre-registration is required, and applications for the youth hunts are due by Monday, Aug. 15. There will be a total of 55 slots available for the two fields; if there are more than 55 applicants a drawing will be held. After the drawing all the applicants will be notified by mail about their status. For information regarding these hunt, contact the Clemson DNR office at (864) 654-1671, extension 24.
The Orangeburg County dove field is located two miles east of Eutaw Springs on Santee Cooper Wildlife Management Area. Pre-registration is not required for this youth dove field. For additional information call the Columbia DNR office at (803) 734-3898.
The Sumter County dove field is co-sponsored by DNR and the S.C. Forestry Commission. The youth dove field is located on Manchester State Forest on SC 261 two miles north of Wedgefield. Pre-registration is required, and applicants can call in their information—name, address, telephone number and age of each youth applicant—beginning Monday, Aug. 1. This youth dove field is limited to 46 slots. All successful applicants will be notified by mail and will receive the following additional information: hunt rules, map, and meeting time. For additional information or to apply for the hunt, contact the Columbia DNR Office at PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or call (803) 734-3898.
The Union County dove field is co-sponsored by DNR and U.S. Forest Service. The youth dove field is located three miles east of Cross Keys at the intersection of secondary roads 18 and 80 near Sedalia. Pre-registration is required, and the deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 19. A limited number of participants will be selected by public drawing. Hunt activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a discussion of hunter safety and guidelines for the hunt. All participants must attend the safety talk in order to participate. Applicants may apply by mail, fax or call and register for the drawing. Mailed applications should include the name, address and home phone number for the adult and the name and age of each youth applicant. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. For additional hunt information or to apply for the hunt contact the Union DNR Office at 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379. The telephone number at the Union DNR office is (864) 427-5140 and the fax number is (864) 427-8460.
The York County dove field is located three and half miles east of McConnell's off of secondary road 165 just north of Historic Brattonsville. Pre-registration is required, and the application deadline is Friday, Aug. 19. The youth dove field at Draper Wildlife Management Area is limited to 30 youths. There is no cost for the hunt, and applicants can apply by mail, fax, or bring a self-made application to the York DNR Office. Applications can be typed or printed clearly but must provide the name, address, telephone number and age of all hunt participants. Up to five people can apply together; however, complete information for each person must be provided. Applications that are incomplete or cannot be read and understood will be discarded, and duplicate entries will be disqualified. The drawing will be held on Monday, Aug. 22 to select participants for the youth dove hunt. Successful applicants will be mailed a permit by Wednesday, Aug. 24 and will be required to have this permit in their possession while on the field during opening day of the dove season. Hunt permits are not transferable. Applications should be sent to the following address: York DNR Office, Draper Dove Hunt Application, 1571 York Highway, York, SC 29745 or call (803) 684-4078 or fax (803) 628-1023.
Eligibility for these hunts require adults 21 years or older to bring one or two youths 5 to 15 years of age. Adults may actively participate in hunting, but adults may not shoot while accompanying youths are shooting. An adult's gun must be unloaded when accompanying youth is shooting: youth's gun must be unloaded when adult is shooting. The bag limit is 12 birds per youth participant. Birds harvested by adult hunters will count towards this bag limit. Birds harvested by individual hunters must be kept separate and in no instance may an individual hunter harvest more than 12 birds. Adults must have a valid South Carolina hunting license, Wildlife Management Area Permit and migratory bird permit.