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SCDNR has scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss a bill in the state legislature that will change deer management in the state. SCDNR schedules seven public meetings to talk about deer legislation
1962 Views - Posted: August 27 at 3:21 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has scheduled seven public meetings to receive input from hunters concerning legislation the agency supports related to future deer management in South Carolina. 

SCDNR and several organizations are co-sponsoring special deer hunts in the Upstate for mobility impaired hunters. SCDNR announces special Upstate hunts for mobility impaired hunters
226 Views - Posted: August 24 at 8:57 am

Mobility impaired hunters will be treated to a unique opportunity to attend two special deer hunts this year on more than 60 well-managed and exclusive, private tracts of land in the Upstate. The hunts are scheduled for Oct. 23-24 in Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties, and on Oct. 30-31 in Laurens and Newberry counties. Applications are being accepted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources through Sept. 14.

How individual landowners and hunters plan their harvest goals should take into consideration both does and bucks. Top deer counties for 2014 season
207 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

County rankings for the 2014 deer season are compiled by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources in two categories: total harvest and harvest by square mile. The data points hunters to areas that were productive last season and in seasons past.

Despite harvest reductions, South Carolina hunters have plenty of quality bucks to choose from. South Carolina’s All-Time Biggest Bucks (through 2013 season)
163 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Typical Bucks

Chris Lambert's entry of his Spartanburg County buck, killed last October, was drawn as the grand-prize winner in last year's Bag-A-Buck contest. Bag-A-Buck contest is back!
370 Views - Posted: August 12 at 7:02 am

The Bag-A-Buck contest is returning to South Carolina Sportsman and for its 10th year, with monthly prizes and a grand-prize for sportsmen who submit photos of deer they take during the coming season.

Deer hunters in the former Game Zone 4 will get an earlier start on the season with reorganization of the state's game zones, dropping from six to four. SCDNR reduces number of game zones from six to four
7540 Views - Posted: August 03 at 7:33 am

South Carolina has reduced the number of game zones from six to four for the coming hunting season, and it will change the season dates for deer hunters in several areas.

South Carolina has produced a lot of nice bucks over the past few seasons, so taking a trophy is not out of the question. 2015 South Carolina Deer Season Preview
312 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

It’s time to plan and prepare for the 2015 deer season, with the opening of the season in a number of Lowcountry counties only a couple of weeks away. There are bows and guns to be sighted in, shooting lanes trimmed, food plots fertilized and stands to be tidied up.

Applications for lottery deer hunts on Wildlife Management Areas will be accepted by SCDNR through Aug. 21. SCDNR will accept applications for lottery deer hunts through Aug. 21.
1053 Views - Posted: July 23 at 12:25 pm

Applications for deer lottery hunts this fall will be available from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources until Friday, Aug. 21, with applications for waterfowl and quail hunts becoming available in mid-September and turkey hunts in January 2016.

The overall harvest may be in decline, but South Carolina continues to produce lots of trophy deer, as results of the 2015 scoring sessions attest. South Carolina hunters add 176 trophy bucks to state's record book
1959 Views - Posted: July 20 at 12:33 pm

Despite a significant harvest decrease for the 2014 season, South Carolina deer hunters scored well on big bucks again. According to Charles Ruth, a biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, plenty of big bucks were measured at the 2015 scoring sessions held around the state in March, with 176 new entries to the state record book.

Summer is a great and important time to reduce local populations of feral hogs. Fire up feral hog-trapping efforts
159 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

The feral hog explosion continues, and for landowners in the Carolinas, swine invasion is far less than divine. Wild hogs have been around since they were released by the Spanish five centuries ago, and even though the sausage and chops are quite tasty on the dinner table, their destructive nature is devastating to wildlife habitat. Summer is an ideal time to reduce the population by increasing trapping efforts. 

Grazing cattle can do plenty of damage to important wildlife habitat like stream corridors. Exclude cattle from woodlots and riparian corridors
100 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

The Carolinas may not be considered top cattle-producing states like Texas, Nebraska and Kansas, but the 1.2 million head of cattle roaming the Carolinas can have a dramatic effect on wildlife habitat. 

Late afternoons and early evenings can be great times to get a look at members of your local deer herd. Get deer work done early
402 Views - Posted: July 09 at 9:00 am

For many deer hunters across the Carolinas, the intense field days preparing deer stands, planting food plots and monitoring the herd rarely start until 10 days or so before the opening day of the season. And for some, the work days may not start until after the season starts. But for diehard deer hunters looking to make a difference and improve their chances of bagging a trophy buck, summer is never the time to sit back and watch the weeds grow. There is always something to do to have a better deer season. 

Battle Bones Battle Bones
122 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

Flextone Game Calls recently introduced the new Battle Bones rattling antlers. They make ultra-realistic buck fighting sounds and are much safer to carry than real whitetail antlers. They feature several design elements that add realism for deer and convenience for hunters, including hex-shaped handles in the middle for better grip and control. Battle Bones are also light and pack tight.

Decreases in the size of South Carolina's deer herd have a lot of hunters asking, Decrease in deer herd caused by three factors, SCDNR biologist says
10429 Views - Posted: May 11 at 10:00 pm

Since 2002, the deer harvest in South Carolina has dropped dramatically, more than 36 percent, causing many hunters to ask why and what’s being done. The quick answer is a trio of factors combined in a perfect-storm scenario to create the downward spiral, and the state legislature’s lack of definitive corrective action has allowed it to continue.