Saturday, August 3, 2013

South Carolina Youth dove hunt offered in Union County by DNR, U.S. Forest Service

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service will co-sponsor a youth dove hunt at the U.S. Forest Service Herbert public dove field in Union County on Saturday, Sept. 7. No pre-registration is required, and there is no cost to attend.

The hunt will begin at noon and end at 6 p.m., and young hunters are limited to 50 shells each. If you have questions you may call the Union office of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at (864) 427-5140 or the U.S. Forest Service office at (864) 427-9858.

Youth participants must be age 17 or younger and must be accompanied by an adult 21 years old or older. Adults may have one but no more than two youth 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. Adults who are accompanying young hunters on this special youth hunt will not be required to have any hunting license or permits. Youth who are under 16 years of age are not required to have any license or permit. Youth who are age 16 or 17 are required to have a Junior Sportsman’s License or a one-time Apprentice License, which waives hunter education requirements for one year.

Beginning Sept. 14, the second Saturday of the season, the area will be open for public hunting on Saturday afternoons only during the first segment of the mourning dove season. During the second and third segments of the season, the field will be open Monday through Saturday during the afternoons only. All adults hunting this field after the opening day youth hunt must have a valid South Carolina hunting license, Wildlife Management Area (WMA) permit and the free Migratory Bird or Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit.

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