South Carolina Hunting News

South Carolina Changes Deer Season in Francis Marion NF

Some changes in the 2010 deer season will occur on the Francis Marion National Forest as a result of hunter concern and supportive biological data related to decreasing deer numbers.

South Carolina Public Deer Hunt Deadline Aug. 20th

The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 20 for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' annual drawing for public deer hunts on eight state managed areas. A random computer drawing utilizing a preference point system will take place in the department's Columbia office to select successful applicants.

South Carolina to Hold Archery Hunts at Croft SNA

Three archery hunts will again be held this year at Croft State Natural Area in Spartanburg County in an effort to improve overall herd health and reduce significant deer damage to vegetation inside the park.

South Carolina Passes 3 Year Licenses

The South Carolina General Assembly recently passed a new law that allows purchase of several new types of three year hunting and fishing licenses. See the upcoming 2010-2011 Rules and Regulations for more information.

South Carolina Black Bear Population Expanding
No injuries or deaths have been attributed to black bears in South Carolina, according to a wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. But as more people move into bear territory in South Carolina's mountains and coastal areas, encounters between humans and bears are on the increase. Also, surveys are pointing toward an increasing bear population in South Carolina.
South Carolina Sees Decrease in 2009 Deer Harvest
Results of the 2009 Deer Hunter Survey conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources indicate that the statewide harvest of deer last season totaled 231,703, a decrease of 7 percent over last year. An estimated 120,365 bucks and 111,338 does made up this total, according to Charles Ruth, Deer and Wild Turkey Program coordinator for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
South Carolina Alligator Applications Now Accepted
Beginning May 1st, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) started accepting online applications for the 2010 Public Alligator Hunting season.
Smokers Butts are Littering Beaches
Is a beach an ashtray? It may be surprising, but cigarette butts were the most common item found on the world's beaches at the 2009 International Coastal Cleanup.
South Carolina Youth Turkey Day March 27th
Saturday, March 27 is Youth Turkey Hunt Day in South Carolina not Sunday, March 28 as indicated in the recently released 2010 Spring Turkey Brochure.
South Carolina DNR Turkey Density Maps Online
Maps are now available on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Web site depicting the wild turkey density distribution and peak breeding dates for deer in South Carolina.