Free youth dove hunt Sept 3

The SCDNR and U.S. Forest Service are teaming up to host a youth dove hunt in Union County on Sept. 3.

SCDNR, U.S. Forest Service teaming up to host hunt

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Enoree District of the U.S. Forest Service, will host a special youth dove hunt in Union County on Saturday, Sept. 3.

There is no cost, pre-registration or drawing required to attend this youth hunt. Young sportsmen and sportswomen who are interested in a quality dove hunt are encouraged to attend the youth hunt at the U.S. Forest Service Herbert Field near Carlisle on Sept. 3.

Herbert Field is 5.6 miles southeast of the town of Carlisle. Only youth will be allowed to shoot, and youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 or more years of age. Hunting for the public and adults will begin on the second Saturday of the season, which is Sept. 10.

Herbert Field is about 40 acres planted in sunflowers, browntop millet and corn. Prospects are good for quality dove hunting when the season opens in September. The field can safely accommodate a large number of hunters. Plan to bring a shotgun, sunscreen, insect repellent and water to enjoy a Saturday afternoon hunt.

The same special regulations as in the past apply to all youth hunts and at all other DNR public dove fields this year. These are as follows:

Dove hunting on all public fields is “Afternoons Only.” No entry onto fields before noon.

No shooting after 6 p.m. during the first segment of the season (Sept. 3 – Oct. 15).

Hunters are limited to 50 shells per hunt.

For more information, contact the Union S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office at (864) 427-5140 or the U.S. Forest Service Enoree office at (803) 276-4810.

Specific directions to the U.S. Forest Service Herbert Field from the town of Carlisle (the intersection of SC 215 and SC 72 and Pinckney Street) are to go south on Pinckney Street, which turns into Herbert Road (Secondary Road 37) for 5.6 miles; then turn right at the intersection of St. Luke’s Road (Secondary Road 359). The parking area is under the power line off St. Luke’s Road.

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