September 8, 2003 DNR News (803) 734-3950
WOMEN'S DEER HUNT SCHEDULED IN NOVEMBER
For the fourth year in a row, Santee Cooper and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources are conducting a women's-only deer hunt in Berkeley County on Friday, Nov. 14.
The afternoon-only women's deer hunt will be held on the Santee Cooper owned Moultrie Hunt Unit and Santee Dam Wildlife Management Area in Berkeley County. This venture was a cooperative effort between DNR, Santee Cooper, and the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program, according to Sam Chappelear, assistant regional wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stationed at the Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau. The hunting opportunities have expanded from 10 women the first year to now being able to accommodate 20 female hunters.
Santee Cooper owns the property, cleared wildlife openings with their equipment and personnel, and provided funds to buy the seed and fertilizer planted by DNR personnel. Santee Cooper also provides personnel to assist with the hunt. Sergeant. Robin Camlin with the DNR Law Enforcement Education section is present each year to emphasize hunting safety issues as well as techniques on how to harvest a deer. Local DNR staff are also available to answer any other questions that may arise.
Women from all over the state participate in the hunts; however the same women are returning each year. Chappelear said: "We want to encourage women who have never hunted before or never harvested a deer to apply for these hunts."
"This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has participated in the BOW program to go out and put the skills they have learned to use," said Camlin. "The women hunt by themselves with no outside influence so they make their own decisions on what to harvest."
Hunters will be placed in ladder stands that overlook wildlife openings planted in wheat, oats, peas, or corn. The stands have burlap around them for hunter concealment as well as a shooting rail. Staff will be available to help retrieve deer if necessary. One deer of either sex can be harvested.
Applications can be obtained from the DNR website at www.dnr.state.sc.us or by calling Dennis Wildlife Center at (843) 761-8820 or (843) 825-3388. Applications are due in Columbia by Sept. 15. Each past participant is encouraged to get a friend to apply so the event can be shared by those who may not have experienced the thrill of hunting.
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