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Deer Hunt Available for First Time Youth Hunters
South Dakota Ag Connection - 08/09/2018

Ten first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a mentored youth deer hunt on Sept. 22-23 at the Snake Den Lodge in Presho.

The Lyman and Jones County Pheasants Forever chapters in partnership with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) are hosting a free event that is open to first-time youth deer hunters between the ages of 10 and 15. The youth hunters must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.

Youth hunters will learn how to select the best ammunition and firearm for deer hunting, improve shooting and firearm safety, sight in a firearm and field dress and properly care for meat. Participants will be provided meals, snacks, lodging, deer licenses, guns, ammunition, safety equipment, transportation to and from the field, binoculars and assistance with field processing.

"This youth hunt is built for kids who don't have the opportunity to hunt or who have never hunted," said Lyman/Jones County Conservation Officer Spencer Downey. "We want to teach the kids about safety, ethics and being in the outdoors; all while taking part in one of our state's most popular pastimes. It's an experience they'll remember forever."

Each hunter will be paired with a knowledgeable and experienced hunting guide. Participation is limited to ten youth hunters. Applicants will be selected based on application responses. Successful applicants are required to attend a pre-hunt orientation meeting on the morning of Sept. 22. Hunting will take place on Presho-area farms on Sept. 22-23.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, contact Spencer Downey at 605.730.0774 or youthdeerhunt@gmail.com. Application deadline is Aug. 31.

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