South Carolina Hunting News

Upstate South Carolina Youth Deer Hunts Offer Special Days Afield

Special Upstate youth deer hunts were held during the latter part of 2011, and 54 young hunters took part, many of them on their first deer hunt.

South Carolina Youth Deer Hunt Day Scheduled Statewide Saturday, Jan. 7

Jan. 7 is scheduled for Youth Hunting Day where youth 17 years of age and under can hunt deer as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 21 years or older. Only the youth may take or attempt to take game and license requirements are waived for the youth hunter.

South Carolina DNR: Take Precautions to Avoid Hypothermia

With recent freezing temperatures across South Carolina, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts headed to the field should be aware of the threat of hypothermia and how to combat it. Hypothermia occurs when exposure to the wind, cold and wetness drain heat from the body faster than it can be produced.

South Carolina Endangered Bats are Being Helped by 16-foot-tall Concrete Roosts

Sixteen-foot-tall concrete bat roosts put in place around South Carolina using a State Wildlife Grant are designed to help the state-endangered Rafinesque’s big-eared bat but may also be providing habitat for some other uncommon bats as well as chimney swifts.

Upstate South Carolina Mobility Impaired Deer Hunts are Big Success Again in 2011

Mobility impaired hunters were once again treated to a unique opportunity to take part in two special deer hunts this year on 43 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate.

During 2011 at the two special hunts, 43 hosts provided opportunities for 167 hunters in Cherokee, Laurens, Newberry, Spartanburg and Union counties. Attending the hunts were 140 hunters, and they harvested 46 deer (19 bucks and 27 does). There is no application fee or any other costs to participate in the events.

Trout to be Stocked by Helicopter in Lower Saluda River, South Carolina

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will stock thousands of rainbow and brown trout into the lower Saluda River near Columbia on Dec. 13 using a helicopter and a specialized lift bucket. The stocking is expected to commence around 9:30 a.m. just off Corley Mill Road (Frye Road) near I-20 at US 378 west of Columbia in Lexington County. The alternate date will be the following day, Wednesday Dec. 14.

South Carolina Late-season Migratory Bird Seasons Underway in November

The 2011-2012 late migratory bird seasons gets underway for most migratory birds in late November. The 2011-12 migratory bird brochure is available at the DNR website.

New Report Indicates Bobwhite Quail at a Crossroads in South Carolina

Declaring that conservation efforts on behalf of bobwhite quail and other native grasslands birds are "far inadequate" to stop their decline in the U.S., a national coalition of 25 state wildlife agencies, including the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has issued a new situation assessment and a call for decisive action. The report was unveiled at the annual conference of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.

South Carolina: Venison is Not Only Source of Toxoplasmosis Parasite

Toxoplasmosis, a one-celled parasite found in many meats, can occur in South Carolina deer, but venison is not the only source of the disease, says a state Department of Natural Resources deer biologist.

South Carolina Free Tree Stand Safety Harness for One Student Attending Nov.-Dec. Hunter Education Classes

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering with Hunter Safety Systems to give away one free tree stand safety harness in each Hunter Education course in Nov. and Dec. to promote safe hunting. The winner of the free safety harness will be drawn from the students attending these hunter education classes.