24th Annual Bloodhound Seminar


Bloodhound Handlers Winter Seminar

December 3rd - 7th, 2023

Kings Mountain State Park
 1299 Camp Cherokee Rd.
Blacksburg, SC 29702

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m.

Hosted by: York County Sheriff's Office

The course is accredited by South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) for 40 hours of continuing education.


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Food & Lodging 

Meals are included from Sunday lunch, through Thursday night supper. The camp has cabins complete with electricity and bunk beds that sleep up to twelve, but you may still want to bring a space heater. Toilets and shower facilities are nearby the bunkhouses. You must provide your own pillows and sleeping bags or blankets. Be prepared to share the cabins with others. This is a package deal for the seminar; therefore meals cannot be broken down on a per meal basis. Hotels are available at additional cost approximately 8-10 miles away. Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Kings Mountain located at 100 Woodlake Parkway Kings Mountain, NC 28086.


Registrations will be open until November 1st or until the roster is full. The cost of the seminar is $375.00. There are a limited number of spaces available. Once the class is full, a waiting list will be started in case someone drops out due to unforeseen circumstances. Payment must accompany the registration packet. No roster spots will be reserved prior to receipt of payment. Should the situation arise where the seminar is forced to cancel, the registration fees will be refunded. Please, be sure to provide accurate and legible contact information on your paperwork to assist us in keeping you informed in case we are faced with that scenario. Should a student withdraw from the seminar after November 1st, a refund will not be provided. 

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT NOW ACCEPTED To pay by credit card, please pay through the online portal on the Sheriff’s Office website under payment. Please put name of agency and Handler(s) in the drop box that will be attending. Still email your completed Hound and Handler information packets to [email protected]. Confirmation will not be made until packet and payment are received. Any questions regarding the Credit Card transactions direct them to Beth Zamorski at 803-628-3165 or Travis Shealey at 803-818-6824.


This class is for tracking hounds only. No other breed of dog will be permitted on the property. Kennels are not provided, so please bring your own crates or pens. Handlers will be responsible for the upkeep of the dog’s area.


Emphasis will be placed on actual fieldwork with day and evening training. Hounds will be worked in a primarily wilderness area, however urban areas are available. A questionnaire for each handler is attached to determine classes and instructors. Seminar guidelines will be adhered to exclusively. All handlers that have not previously attended the Scent Class should arrive by 8:00am on Sunday to check-in. The Scent Class will begin at 9:00am. Returning students who have already attended the Scent Class are not required to be in attendance for the Scent Class again this year. Handlers who are not attending the Scent Class should arrive prior to 4:00pm on Sunday in order to confirm their attendance and be assigned to a group.


NO alcoholic beverages are permitted at the camp. There are no special activities scheduled or provided for guests. The event is designed for the training of handlers and hounds. No children are permitted at the seminar.


If you have any questions please contact Sgt. Chris Kinsey, Corporal Travis Shealey, Corporal Patrick Ashford at 803-628-3059

You can also email the York County Sheriff's Office.

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Seminar Documents