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Youth dove shoot benefits Colleton Prep Academy

Entire CPA group before the dove hunt at Flowers Farm. Photos by Jeff Dennis.

The good deeds of two Colletonian gentleman turned out to be a boon for fifteen youth from Colleton Prep on a Saturday dove shoot. Of course, each youth hunter was accompanied by a family member or guardian into the field, in order to promote safety awareness for all. Hot weather during the day gave way to a terrific thunderstorm about 5 o’clock which put an end to the hunt, but weather did nothing to prevent the goal of providing a meal and fellowship for these youth.

Dr. Joe Flowers is well-known as a Colleton County Council member, but those close to him know that he was raised a sportsman and that he still cares deeply for the woodlands. It was Dr. Flowers who donated a day of dove hunting to the annual CPA fundraiser last year, glad to provide an outlet to the outdoors for someone at the school. Then Allen Bell raised his hand at the auction to secure the rights to the hunt, and decided that the hunt should be a youth-oriented dove hunt.

Many of the fifteen youth who attended the hunt have attended Camp Woodie, which educates them about wingshooting, while some were on their first dove hunt. Gathering at the Flower s farm at 1:30 on Sept. 8, the youths and their adult supervisors enjoyed a hotdog and hamburger lunch cooked by Tracey Buttrum, who is the consulting forester for Dr. Flowers. Buttrum also has children at CPA and has been affiliated with their athletics programs for 17 years.

Bell, Buttrum and Flowers gave a safety talk to the youth hunters after lunch and highlighted the do’s and dont’s they might encounter in the dove field. “The height of a dove you are aiming at should be 45-degrees or higher,” said Buttrom. “If you are swinging your gun and the birds dips down, then don’t shoot. Rather, just wait on the next one to come by.”

“We never shoot over the legal limit of 15 doves, and since it is hot I’ll be glad to drive around in the ATV and provide bottled water for anyone who needs it,” said Flowers. “My main focus today will be safety.” Allen Bell added that it is courteous for guests to pick up their spent shotgun shells at the end of any dove hunt.

After making a group photo, there was some time for fellowship before heading into the dove field. “This is a good opportunity for the youth,” said Flowers. “My father was a farmer and he trained bird dogs and he promoted conservation early on. I carry on that tradition today and am glad to share my love of nature with others and teach them about outdoor education too.”

Dr. Flowers, Did I see you on TV recently at the Republican National Convention? “Yes I was down in Florida and plenty of friends and family saw me during the TV coverage,” said Flowers. “This was my third RNC convention, and my most memorable thus far.” Politics, football, and land stewardship were all discussed this day, which is typical for a Saturday dove hunt among Colletonians.

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com

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Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com