Saluda County Historical Society Youth Duck Hunt Attracts Record Number Of Hunters
Members of the SCHS, the Barnes Family, and guides welcomed twenty-three youth and their supervisors from Saluda, Lexington, Aiken, Greenwood, and Greenville counties on a brisk February 6th morning at Padgett Pond in Saluda County to participate in a Federal sanctioned youth duck hunt.
According to the SC Migratory Game/Bird Hunting Guidebook, the following rules applied: Federal Youth Day, February 6, 2016; only hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt waterfowl (ducks and geese) on this day; the youth(s) must be accompanied by an adult of a least 18 years of age, who is not allowed to carry a gun or hunt, and does not have to have a license.
The youth and their supervisors/guides were placed in duck blinds along Clouds Creek and Padgett Pond provided by the Randy Barnes Family and the Windy Hill Rod and Gun Club. The young hunters were provided with many opportunities to harvest ducks and geese. Even though the number of waterfowl harvested was small, many young hunters were introduced to safe hunting practices, the beauty of the area, and the areas hunting heritage.
After the hunt, the youth and their adult supervisors were treated with a pancake breakfast provided by the SCHS and prepared by Delynn Barnes, Randy Barnes, and Gene Berry. The youth consumed a mountain of pancakes and breakfast meats.
Joining the invited youth by the Barnes Family and SCHS were five youth with their adult supervisor from the National Wild Turkey Federation with their headquarters located in Edgefield. These youth were participating in one of the Federation’s youth program.
The Saluda County Historical Society, chartered in 1987, has as its mission to study, preserve, and make accessible the history of Saluda County and to use that history as a basis for a better understanding of the present and as a means for shaping the future.
Both the SCHS and the NWTF share common goals in understanding and preserving our hunting heritage.