Staff from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources along with the State Coonhunters Association and the Orangeburg Coonhunters Association will be conducting their annual youth raccoon hunt and bench show Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Bowman. The deadline to apply for the hunt is Jan. 8, 2001.
The hunt and bench show will include two age groups: ages 6-13 and ages 14-17. All participants will receive door prizes. Each youth is also required to bring a guardian. The hunt is a field-trial type event in which no raccoons are harvested. There is no charge for the youth raccoon hunt, and the winners in each age bracket qualify to attend the state championship youth hunt Feb. 24, 2001, at Webb Wildlife Center in Hampton County.
Emphasis will be placed on sportsmanship and outdoor experiences. Interested participants need to fill out an application and mail or fax it to the Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau by Monday Jan. 8, 2001. Applications can be obtained by calling the Dennis Wildlife Center at (843) 825-3388 or (843) 761-8820 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications may also be obtained by calling Elliott Shuler at (803) 496-3862.