Friday, July 23, 2010

Apply Now for Oak Lea, Tuomey Dove Hunts

Oak Lea Wildlife Management Area in Clarendon County and Tuomey Wildlife Management Area will be holding public dove hunts on Sept. 4, the opening day of dove season. This is the first time the SCDNR will hold public drawings for these hunts. This move was prompted by DNR's desire to improve the quality of these hunts and to ensure the safety of all involved. The deadline to apply for these hunts is Aug. 13.

Participating hunters will be selected on Aug. 17 during a public drawing, and 150 hunters will be chosen to try their luck at Oak Lea's dove field, while 75 will receive permission to hunt the dove field at Tuomey.

It's free to apply for either hunt, and up to 5 people can apply to hunt together. Everyone who applies will receive notice by Aug. 23, letting them know if they've been selected or not. Selected hunters are required to have their notice, as well as the appropriate hunting license, with them at all times during the hunt.

Don't let the deadline sneak up on you. You can apply by writing or typing out the following information: which hunt applied for, mailing address, telephone number, and each participant's name and age. Mail applications to: 
SCDNR Office
Oak Lea Dove Hunt Application (or Tuomey Dove Hunt Application)
Attn: Willie Simmons
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202

Applications can also be faxed to (803) 734-6020

Photo: Dove hunting provides fun and fellowship, with a tasty meal in the near future.

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