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Bucks and Badges Youth Hunt

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Department held its first annual Bucks and Badges Youth Hunt on Sunday evening. Nine youths participated in the hunt. The morning started with seven out of the nine youths attending the hunt coming out at 8 am to take the SCDNR Hunter Safety Class to receive their certification (the other two already had their certification). SRO Supervisor Ricky Valentine taught the class from 8 am until 11 am at the Sheriff’s Department headquarters. All seven of the youth that attended passed the class.
All nine of the youths came back at 2 pm for a debriefing of the hunt that was given by Captain Clint Crouse. The participating youth was then paired with a deputy and headed to a private plantation to start the hunt. The kids hunted from 3 pm until 6 pm. All the kids had a great time whether they were successful in the hunt, or whether it was taking selfies in the stand with deputies waiting on a big one to come strutting out of the woods. A few deer were spotted, even a 10 point buck. A few shots were fired, but only one youth, Timothy Reeves, was successful in killing a buck. CCSD Spokeswoman Shalane Lowes said, “Being able to connect with local youth by showing them the ropes of an age-old sport allowed deputies the opportunity to educate children on hunting and gun safety.”
After the hunt, the kids received goody bags from the Sheriff’s Office, which included drawstring bags, cable gun locks, etc. The deputies also grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and supplied an assortment of refreshments for the youth while making memories. “Even though only one child was successful, the kids had a great time with the deputies,” Lowes added
“One of the greatest things in life is seeing a child’s face light up when they have been successful in their hunt. Hunting teaches a child many things in life, including patience. Great things come to those who wait.
We look forward to more memories to come at next year’s event!” added Lowes.

Nicki Maxey (192 Posts)