The first annual Daniel Douglas Jr. Memorial Youth Hunt was held in Newberry County on Dec. 4 and 5. The SCDNR's Take One Make One (TOMO) hunt coordinator Lynwood Kearse partnered with the Mid Carolina Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) to conduct the hunt on private lands owned by Eddie Wilson and Bobby McBride. Eleven youth hunters, including three females, were provided a guided deer hunting opportunity during the hunt. Daniel Douglas Jr. was just 19-years old when he lost his life in a tragic car accident on 11/25/08, but he was already an accomplished outdoorsman. Kyle Cannon is President of the QDMA branch and said, "I knew Daniel and we got along great because we both liked the same things - hunting and fishing." Plenty of Daniel's friends volunteered their time to make sure that the youth hunters were well looked after with a hotdog lunch and a barbecue chicken supper and bond fire.
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PhotosByJeffDennis: Youth hunters pose for the camera before the hunt, a female hunter from Summerville tells her story of shooting a hog earlier this year