South Carolina Hunting News

Wild Turkey Harvest in South Carolina Increases Slightly this Spring

Over 40,000 turkey hunters take to the woods annually in South Carolina with hopes of harvesting a wily gobbler, and the 2011 spring turkey season was no exception.

South Carolina DNR: Feeding, Baiting Deer in Black Bear Range Not Wise

A recent study indicates that there may be as many as 800 bears in the coastal plain of South Carolina. Most of these coastal bears, about 500, are found in Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, Charleston, and Berkeley counties.

South Carolina Deer Management Meeting Set for Oct. 18 in Edgefield

Coordinating with the Edgefield County legislative delegation, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a meeting to discuss the future of deer management in South Carolina. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) headquarters located at 770 Augusta Road in Edgefield.

South Carolina DNR Conducting Study of Apprentice Hunting Licenses

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has partnered with Responsive Management, a Virginia-based research firm, on a study examining motivations for the purchases of Apprentice Hunting Licenses and the most important "next step" guidance needed for these license holders to become lifelong hunters.

South Carolina Coastal Area Black Bear Hunt Applications Now Available

The application and details for the coastal area black bear hunt are now available online or by calling (803) 734-3886 and requesting that an application be mailed to you. Applicants can also complete an application and pay the application fee at any S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Regional office.

South Carolina: Proper Disposal of Deer Remains is a Rule of Good Hunter Ethics

Disposal of deer remains may not be the highlight of a hunting trip, but the state’s Deer Project leader says it’s an important aspect of hunting, particularly in maintaining the hunter’s image.
"Hunters should realize that improperly disposing of deer remains presents a negative public image," said Charles Ruth, Deer/Turkey Project supervisor for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "It also provides a legitimate point of criticism that can be used by people who oppose hunting."

South Carolina DNR honors 2011 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year

Pfc. Cary T. Robinson of Conway was awarded the title of statewide S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife officer of the year for 2011 during ceremonies held Sept. 16 in Columbia. Five other officers were also honored for their dedication in protecting the state's natural resources through enforcement, education, special investigations, intelligence and records and staff operations.

Interior Secretary Announces More than $20 Million for Wetlands Grants for Migratory Birds, More than $10 Million for Wildlife Refuge Acquisitions

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission) today approved spending more than $9 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to protect an estimated 5,550 acres of waterfowl habitat on five units of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  The Commission also approved $20.7 million in federal funding for grants to conserve nearly 100,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in 16 states through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

South Carolina Forecast Good For Upcoming Deer Season

The much-anticipated start of the 2011 deer season is just around the corner and South Carolina’s deer population is healthy and the season outlook is good. Although the deer harvest has been on a downward trend the last few years indicating that population levels have moderated, hunter success and deer harvest rates remain good, according to Charles Ruth, DNR’s Deer and Wild Turkey Program Coordinator.

South Carolina DNR, Air Force Set Youth Deer Hunt at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in cooperation with the United States Air Force (USAF) Shaw Air Force Base Asset Management Flight will conduct a special youth deer hunt at the Poinsett Electronic Combat Range in Sumter County. This hunt is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Fifteen (15) youth will be selected by random drawing to participate in this special hunt and there is no application fee or hunting license required for those youth 15 and younger. However, a junior hunting license is required for those youth who are 16 and 17.