South Carolina to Hold Archery Hunts at Croft SNA

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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.

Plans call for three archery hunts covering six days: Sept. 15-16, Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 20-21. Hunters are required to register in advance by sending their applications to the Columbia office of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. A fee deposit of $15 per hunter must accompany the application. All unsuccessful applicants will receive an automatic refund. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Aug. 20.

Croft State Natural Area covers 7,054 acres of wooded, rolling terrain that hosts a burgeoning population of white-tailed deer. Park officials feel the deer problem stems in part from crowding caused by surrounding urban growth. Poor deer health and significant damage by deer to the native flora in the park has led to the decision to have these hunts.

Detailed application packets, including hunt information, special rules and regulations, licensing and permit requirements and a map are available at the following locations: Croft State Natural Area, 450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg, SC 29302, (864) 585-1283; DNR Wildlife Region III Office, 124 Wildlife Drive (SC 49 West), Union, SC 29379, (864) 427-5140; and the DNR Columbia office, PO Box 167, 1000 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29202, (803) 734-3886.

The DNR will assign hunters dates and area locations based on their preferences. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. On the opening day of each hunt period, selected hunters must report to a checkpoint station to exchange their hunting license for a daily permit.

Camping is available at Croft State Natural Area, and reservations for a two-night minimum stay can be made in advance by calling the park at (864) 585-1283.

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