The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with a number of private individuals, businesses and hunting clubs is co-sponsoring several youth deer hunts in the Piedmont region this fall.

These events will be a part of the DNR's "Take One Make One" program. Special youth deer hunts are scheduled during October, November and December:
• Oct. 21-York County, 100 Oaks Plantation.
• Oct. 28-Spartanburg County, Dodson Farm.
• Nov. 18-Spartanburg County, 10 Point Hunt Club
• Dec. 2-Laurens County, The Clinton House Plantation.
• Dec. 16-Spartanburg County, Dodson Farm.

Deadline for returning applications is Sept. 25 for the Laurens, Spartanburg and York County hunts.

Applications may be obtained from the Union DNR office, 124 Wildlife Drive, Union, SC 29379, telephone (864) 427-5140, fax (864) 427-8460, or from the DNR Columbia office, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, telephone (803) 734-3886. Applications may also be downloaded from the DNR Web site at www.dnr.sc.gov.

"We are specifically looking for young people who have an interest in hunting but don't have anyone to take them," said Gerald Moore, Union DNR wildlife biologist. "These special hunts are designed for a growing number of kids today who don't have a parent, relative or close friend that hunts and can provide them proper exposure to the hunting experience.

"Sportsmen's kids are certainly welcome to apply for the hunts, but preference will be given to those who have limited hunting experience."

The day of the hunt participants will be required to complete a short training course on gun safety and go to the rifle range and fire the gun they'll 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. Supper will be provided by the sponsors after the hunt for all youth and their parents.

There are no costs associated with these special hunts but parents or a guardian must provide written permission for their youngster to attend and must sign a liability wavier form and provide transportation to and from the event. Young sportsmen and sportswomen who think they might like to attend one of these special youth deer hunts this fall are encouraged to write or call for an application.