The S.C. Department of Natural Resources announces the first of many new outdoor sporting opportunities for South Carolina^s young hunters ages 10 through 17. The first opportunity, designated during the 2001 wild turkey season, is Saturday, May 5 and will allow licensed adults 21 years or older to take a youth turkey hunting statewide.
A new state law allows only the youth to harvest the wild game during the special hunt, and adults will not be allowed to carry or use a firearm during the day-long event.
These opportunities are part of the promotion for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) "Take One Make One" youth and young adult outdoor mentoring program that began in 1999. South Carolina Youth Hunting Day is a special program that allows any licensed adult to accompany a youth while encouraging positive character building and outdoor fun with an adult family member or adult mentor.
"South Carolina Youth Hunting Day is the first of many new concepts designed to increase outdoor opportunities for the youth of South Carolina" said Bob Redfern, state coordinator for the Take One Make One program for the DNR. "We want to encourage everyone across the state to hunt and fish with their children, not for them, and participate in these special one-day outings by taking your child or someone else^s child on what might be the premier outdoor experience of a lifetime." For more information, call (803) 734-3942 in Columbia.
The statewide regular turkey season ends on May 1; however with the new provision signed into law during the 2000 legislative session, young South Carolina hunters will be allowed to have their own one-day season for various wild game species. Young hunters between the ages of 10 through 17 will not need any special license or permit, all license and certificate requirements will be waived for this one day for all youth hunters. All youth hunters must be under the direct supervision and accompanied into the field by a licensed adult 21 years of age and older during the hunt. Adults may not harvest or attempt to harvest game during any of these special hunting events, and daily harvest limits remain the same as are allowed during the regular seasons for each species of game.
South Carolina Youth Hunting Day includes other species of wild game, and special youth days are scheduled statewide for the remaining 2001 and 2002 seasons. The complete list of dates, locations, and applicable species will be published in the new DNR "Rules and Regulations" brochure scheduled for release during summer 2001. Specific dates and locations for each Youth Hunting Day Event are listed for the following species and locations: