The S.C. Department of Natural Resources recently hosted a National Archery in Schools Program 3-D Fun Shoot at the new Belfast Wildlife Management Area archery range in Laurens County for more than 30 youth participants, most of whom were involved through their school archery programs.
The deadline to apply for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources online applications for the 2016 Public Alligator Hunting season and the Wildlife Management Area Alligator Hunting Season is at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night.
Deer hunters make up the majority of hunters in the Carolinas, yet many will frequently chase a turkey, duck or a covey of quail during other seasons. Deer hunters with control of a big network of food plots can greatly benefit quail reproduction by planting a warm-season mix in all of their food plots.
Quail season for bobwhite quail ends when February departs, leaving many purists with heavy heads. If the season didn’t quite produce the best results, hunters and land managers have nearly nine months available to make a change. Historic land-management activities that nurtured historic quail populations can still work today.
It’s no secret that coyotes continue to have a negative impact on the deer population in South Carolina, and even though the coyote hunting regulations are about as liberal as they can be, it’s just not feasible to make a dent in the numbers of coyotes throughout the state. That’s where trapping comes in.
The brutal weather this past weekend didn’t stop 85 teams of 260 hunters from competing in the 2016 WeHuntSC Predator Challenge, and it turned out to be the most successful event so far, with over 20 coyotes being brought to the scales on Sunday.
As hunters, we constantly hear that coyotes are a major problem to our intended quarry, and several studies conducted by the SCDNR over the past 10-years have proven that coyotes are big killers of young whitetail deer. The hunting regulations on coyotes are pretty liberal, so we can’t blame a lack of opportunity for not killing more.