Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Youth Hunting Events

Sponsoring Agency or Organization

Contact: Carole Collins

Email: MasonB@dnr.sc.gov

Phone: 803 734-3957

Program details

The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division of the SC Department of Natural Resources initiated special youth hunts as early as 1996-97 and now conducts approximately 110 hunts each year. These hunts fall into 5 general categories as follows:

•Youth Dove Hunts
•Youth Deer Hunts
•Youth Raccoon Hunts
•Adult/Youth Turkey Hunts
•Adult/Youth Waterfowl Hunts
•Youth Waterfowl Hunts

In addition, WFF staff provides Adult/Youth season long opportunities for deer and small game on portions of two Wildlife Managements Areas (WMAs), Adult/Youth waterfowl and Youth waterfowl hunting on selected WMAs or special days. All of these hunts require pre-registration or application and random selection. In 2008-09, approximately 1,237 youth participated in these events.

Planning and Evaluation

Program objectives: 

Goal 1: Provide exclusive quality hunting opportunities for youth.<br>
Objective 1: Expose youth and any accompanying adults to hunting and the outdoors.<br>
Objective 2: Five years following participation in a youth hunt, 80% of the participating youth who have reached 16 years of age and reside in SC will hold a SC hunting license.<br>
Objective 3: At the completion of the hunt, the youth and any accompanying adults will understand and appreciate the skills, experience and responsibilities of SCDNR staff.

Manual or Plan

This program has a manual or plan: No

Evaluation

This program is evaluated: Yes

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