Clemson University women hunters honor MeadWestvaco
CLEMSON — Clemson University graduates often are outstanding in their fields; some take to the fields with shotguns and rifles. Clemson’s Leisure Skills Program offers a Women’s Hunting class, providing deer and turkey hunting instruction. Course officials recently honored longtime partner MeadWestvaco (MWV) for helping provide this unique opportunity to pass on the hunting heritage of South Carolina.
“It’s been a real pleasure to work with Walworth Farms on this program,” said Daniel Anderson, director of the Leisure Skills program in the parks, recreation and tourism management department. “The support by MWV for the women’s hunting class has been generous and generated memorable experiences for the women who have participated.”
Walworth Farms is a 3,800-acre tract of land in Orangeburg County. It is owned and managed by MeadWestvaco as a premiere property for timber and wildlife production with a strong emphasis on wildlife and recreational hunting.
In 2004, MeadWestvaco forest managers recognized that the deer and turkey management programs, coupled with low hunting pressure, offered an opportunity to contribute to the hunting heritage of South Carolina. A year later, the farm held its first youth hunt in cooperation with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to introduce kids to hunting.
In 2008, the effort to recruit young hunters was expanded to include young women enrolled in Clemson’s Leisure Skills Program, Women’s Hunting. The program has grown so that Walworth Farms now annually hosts a fall deer hunt and a spring turkey hunt for approximately 26 young women who are interested in the outdoors and hunting but have never had the opportunity to experience it. The women arrive at Walworth educated in all aspects of firearms, safety and hunting techniques.
“This course taught me things about hunting I did not know, as well as gave me the opportunity to be with girls just like me: ready to learn and experience the hunt,” said Lauren Burdine, a senior in environmental and natural resources-conservation biology at Clemson. “The hunting trips to MeadWestvaco were outstanding opportunities for learning about wildlife management and conservation, as well as interacting with adults who want to make a difference in our lives. Chris Muckenfuss made a lasting impression on me with his hospitality, knowledge of wildlife management and eagerness to help a young lady harvest her first big game animal.”
For the natural resource professionals who participate in these hunts, the experience of introducing a child or a young woman to the outdoors has been rewarding.
“The enthusiasm and ability of these women have truly impressed some of the veteran hunters who help out,” said Muckenfuss, MeadWestvaco wildlife biologist. “They come prepared to complete their training; to experience what they have learned in their coursework. MWV is proud to provide that opportunity.”
MeadWestvaco Corp. (NYSE: MWV) provides packaging solutions to many of the world’s most-admired brands as well as sustainably manages the company’s land holdings to support its operations and provide for conservation, recreation and development opportunities. MWV manages all of its forestlands in accordance with internationally recognized forest certification standards and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for seven consecutive years. For more information, visit www.mwv.com.
Leisure Skills at Clemson University
Since its inception in 1972, the Leisure Skills program in Clemson University's parks, recreation and tourism management department has grown to serve more than 2,500 Clemson undergraduates each semester. The program offers more than 140 sections of one-credit courses each semester, including photography, kayaking, hunting and meditation.