Sept. 15 is the deadline for youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 to apply for a handful of special youth deer hunts in the Upstate that the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Is holding on private and hunt-club land.

Applications for the hunts, which are Oct. 18, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, are available from SCDNR at 864-427-5140, 803-734-3886 or by visiting www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/youthhunting/youthhuntingapp.html.

"We are specifically looking for young people who have an interest in hunting but don't have anyone to take them," said Gerald Moore, an SCDNR wildlife biologist. "These special hunts are designed for a growing number of youth today who don't have a parent, relative or close friend that hunts and can provide them proper exposure to the hunting experience. As a result, many of today's young people are missing out on a challenging and enjoyable recreational activity."

There are no costs associated with these special hunts, but parents or a guardian must provide written permission for their youngster to attend and sign a liability waiver form and provide transportation to and from the event. SCDNR is sponsoring the hunts as part of its Take One Make One program.

Special youth deer hunts are scheduled at the following sites:

Oct. 18, Laurens County, Brownlee Farm

Oct. 18, Laurens County, Johnson Farm

Nov. 8, Spartanburg County, Horseshoe Falls Hunt Club

Nov. 15, Union County, Laura Lyn Farm   

Nov. 15, Union County, Chufa Ridge Farm

Nov. 15, Cherokee County, Broken Arrow Hunt Club

Dec. 6, Spartanburg County, 10 Point Hunt Club

Dec. 6, Spartanburg County, Yelton Farm

Dec. 13, Laurens County, The Clinton House Plantation

Dec. 13, Union County, Trophy Buck Club

Participants will be required to complete a short training course on gun safety and go to the rifle range and fire the gun they will be using during the hunt. Appropriate firearms will be provided for those who need them. An adult will accompany each youngster at the rifle range and during all hunting activities. Lunch will be provided by ATDO Ministries before the hunt for all youth and their parents.