Statewide Youth Days

Sponsoring Agency or Organization

Contact: Carole Collins


Phone: 803 734-3957

Program details

In 2000, the SC General Assembly created a new statute (50-9-740) that authorizes the SCDNR to designate one or more youth days in addition to the regular season for a species of wild game. The youth days must be held outside of the regular season on a weekend, holiday or other nonschool day and within 14 days before or after the regular open period for that species. Under this law a youth hunter is one who is less than 18 years of age. The SCDNR, under the authority of this law, has established youth days for deer, turkey, raccoon, squirrel, quail and rabbits.

In 1996-97, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) provided the opportunity to schedule one youth waterfowl day to be held within 10 days of the open or close of a regular open period when youth less than 16 years of age can hunt waterfowl. This regulation was later modified to provide the authority to schedule two youth days. SCDNR has taken full advantage of this opportunity each year and now schedules one state and two federal youth waterfowl days.

Website: Youth Hunts

Planning and Evaluation

Program objectives: 

Goal 1: Introduce youth to the concepts of ethical utilization and stewardship of natural resources.<br>
Goal 2: Encourage youth and adults to experience hunting and the outdoors together.<br>
Goal 3: Contribute to the long-term conservation of wildlife resources.

Manual or Plan

This program has a manual or plan: Yes


This program is evaluated: Yes

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