Camden youth hunter tags trophy turkey


Mason Kennington’s first turkey weighed 22+ pounds

South Carolina’s 2022 Youth Turkey Season opened on March 19 and 8-year-old Mason Kennington of Camden wasted no time bagging his first-ever bird. 

While hunting with his stepdad Chris Joyner, the young hunter bagged an absolute trophy. His gobbler weighed 22.5 pounds, had 1 1/4-inch spurs and sported a 10-inch beard. He killed the longbeard in Kershaw County using a New England Firearms 20-gauge with a Kick’s Gobblin’ Thunder choke.

The Palmetto State’s youth-only season ran March 19-20 in Game Zones 3 and 4, and will take place March 26-27 in Game Zones 1 and 2. 

The open season for all licensed hunters in South Carolina is March 22 through April 30 in Game Zones 3 and 4. It runs April 1 through May 10 in Game Zones 1 and 2. 

North Carolina hunters will get their crack at hunting gobblers April 9 through May 7. Youth hunters have a week-long season April 2 to April 8.

For more details of South Carolina’s 2022 turkey hunting season, click here.

Click here for full details of North Carolina’s 2022 turkey hunting season.


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