COLUMBIA — The city of Columbia will open three bowhunter orientation and registration sessions for people who are interested in hunting deer using bows.
According to a news release, the meetings will be open to the public. The lessons will be held at the Activity and Recreation Center at 1701 W. Ash St. There will be one session at 8:30 a.m. on August 27 and sessions at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on August 31.
Saturday, Aug. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Deer Hunting Zones
Norma Sutherland Smith Park, Brown Station Road
Grindstone Nature Area, 2011 Old 63 S.
Strawn Road property, 801 N. Strawn Road
SC Fields Sewer Utility, Coats Lane, South of Gillespie Bridge Road
Sanitary Landfill, access from Hinkson Creek Road and Wyatt Lane
MKT Nature Area, Scott Blvd. access and MKT Jay Dix Station access
Gans Creek Recreation Area, Gans Road
Oakland Church Road property
The hunting permits will only be issued at these assemblies.
People interested in obtaining a permit should register at the Columbia Parks and Recreation website. Hunters who participated in the 2010 session and were given a two-year permit do not need to join the 2011 session as long as they have kept the old permit.
The city requires that hunters attend one of the three meetings and receive a permit, which they must have with them while hunting in specific zones. They must also keep a parking permit in their vehicles at designated hunting areas.
Bowhunting is allowed in eight areas managed by the city's deer management program.
The 2011 hunting seasons are from Sept. 15 through Nov. 11 and Nov. 23 through Jan. 15.
For more information about the program, go to the Columbia Parks and Recreation website or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 874-7460.