The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has added another training session to qualify interested persons for the legal taking of double-crested cormorants from the Santee Cooper lakes.

The session will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at the Central Carolina Technical College Auditorium at 3351 Sumter Highway in Manning. Additional training sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. Both of these training sessions will be held at the Santee Cooper Auditorium located at Santee Cooper headquarters at 1 Riverwood Drive, Moncks Corner.

Persons wishing to participate in the Santee Cooper cormorant removal program will be required to attend one of the three training sessions, complete an application and an SCDNR Volunteer Form. Pre-registration is not required.

The training will emphasize safety, area of action, species identification, weapon restrictions and program dates and hours. After participating in the training session, a permit will be issued to take double-crested cormorants. Only those that attend one complete training session will be granted a permit. All participants in the removal program will be required to have both a permit and valid South Carolina hunting license at all times during removal activities.

The taking of double-crested cormorants will be restricted to the legal boundaries of the Santee Cooper lakes and will be allowed only in areas where waterfowl hunters can legally hunt waterfowl. Double-crested cormorants may be taken beginning on Feb. 2, 2014 through March 31, 2014. The legal hours for taking these birds begin 30 minutes before sunrise and ends 30 minutes after sunset.