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Deer Camp Available for First Time Youth Deer Hunters





PRESHO, S.D. – Ten first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a managed youth deer hunt and camp on Sept. 23-24 at the Snake Den Lodge in Presho.

The Lyman, Jones and Tripp 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. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants will learn how to select the best ammunition and firearm for deer hunting, improve shooting and firearm safety, sight in a firearm, field dress and properly care for meat. The youth hunters will be provided three meals, snacks, lodging, deer licenses, guns, ammunition, safety equipment, transportation to and from hunting, 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, survival 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 guide. Participation is limited to ten 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. 23. Hunting will take place on Presho-area farms on Sept. 23-24.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, contact Spencer Downey at 605.730.0774 or Spencer.Downey@state.sd.us. Application deadline is Sept. 8.

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GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.