Hunting opportunity for military veterans

These hunts are held in honor of Spc. Thomas Caughman.

This memorial hunt has become a yearly tradition

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and Cowden Plantation near Jackson, South Carolina, are offering their thanks and appreciation to our military (active, retired, reserved, disabled) in memory of Spc. Thomas Caughman by hosting two free deer hunts on Nov. 22, 2019 and Dec. 6, 2019.

Caughman, of Lexington, S.C., deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades claimed his life on June 9, 2004. He caught a 10-pound bass not long before his deployment, and was an avid deer hunter.

Successful applicants will have lunch before the hunt, as well as the opportunity to tour the Jarrett Rifles Gun Shop and Museum.

For those interested in attending one of the hunts, please fill out an application (PDF file) and e-mail it to SCDNR Lt. Ben Thomas. SCDNR will be accepting applications for each hunt until Oct. 30, 2019. Once the application process is completed, the applications will be placed into a drawing for the hunts. If your application is drawn, you will receive a confirmation email with further details about the hunt.

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