Archery-Crossbow Hunts Scheduled at Santee State Park

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Five archery-crossbow deer hunts will be held this year at Santee State Park in an effort to improve overall herd health and reduce significant deer damage to vegetation inside the park. The deadline for applications is Aug. 6.

Plans call for five archery-crossbow hunts covering 10 days: Sept. 15-16, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 5-6. Hunters are required to apply in advance by sending their applications to Santee State Park, 251 State Park Road, Santee, SC 29142. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6.

Detailed application packets, including hunt information, special rules and regulations, licensing and permit requirements and a map will be available at Santee State Park, 251 State Park Road, Santee, SC 29142, (803) 854-2408; and at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office, PO Box 167, 1000 Assembly St. (Room 255), Columbia, SC 29202, (803) 734-3886.

Santee State Park covers 2,495 acres of mixed pine-hardwood forests with gently rolling terrain that hosts a burgeoning population of white-tailed deer. Park officials feel the deer problem stems in part from crowded conditions caused by surrounding urban growth. Concerns of poor herd health and damage by deer to the native flora on the park have led to the decision to have these hunts.

Notification to successful applicants should be mailed by Aug. 27. On the opening day of each hunt period, selected hunters must report to a check station to present their license for a daily permit.

Camping is available at Santee State Park, and reservations can be made in advance by calling the state park at (803) 854-2408.