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Applications open for state youth deer hunt

Tyler Hasheider (center) helps coach Beth Wojcik (bottom right) on how to clean a deer. They harvested two does during a day of hunting.
Nathan Rott

Game, Fish and Parks, in partnership with the Missouri River Corridor Youth Hunt, are now accepting applications for a first-time youth deer hunt.

Applicants must be first-time deer hunters between the ages of 10 and 15. Space is limited to four youth hunters. The program includes training in firearm safety, sighting a firearm, deer hunting, field dressing, meat care, and camping.

If selected, participants will be provided with all gear necessary to safely hunt and camp over the three-day event. Hunters will be outfitted with lodging, deer licenses, guns, ammunition, safety equipment, binoculars, and transportation to and from hunting locations.

Each hunter will be paired with an experienced guide and are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The camp begins Dec. 8 with a pre-hunt orientation meetings and hunting kicks off Dec. 9-10.

Application deadline is Sept. 15.

Evan Walton is an SDPB reporter based in Sioux Falls. Evan holds a Master’s in English Literature from Southern New Hampshire University and was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2015, where he served for five years as an infantryman.