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Hunting in South Carolina: 3 Animals To Hunt in the Fall

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 12:15 PM

If you’re looking for hunting opportunities in South Carolina, fall is the ideal time to plan a trip. It marks the beginning of the hunting seasons for some of the most prized game animals, including such big game as bear. For the widest variety of prey available and best outdoor conditions, October and November are a hunter’s paradise in the Palmetto State.

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According to the South Carolina Hunting and Fishing Guide, the following animals are open for hunting in South Carolina in the fall.

1. Bear
Bear hunting season occurs in October. South Carolina offers two types of bear hunts: still hunts and party dog hunts. For both, you are prohibited from taking a mother and cub or any bear weighing less than 100 pounds. As many as 25 people may participate in a party dog hunt. You’re limited to bagging one bear during the still hunt and five during a party dog hunt. You may not hunt bear on Sundays in the state’s wildlife management areas, and you must report any bear you kill to the state’s Department of Natural Resources within 24 hours. In addition to a current South Carolina hunting license, you must also obtain a big game permit and a bear tag.

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2. Deer
South Carolina offers multiple deer hunts in September, October, and November. Each event has its own rules, such as what kind of weapons you may use. Also, the dates for each vary by wildlife management area. The state hosts three kinds of hunts. During the deer primitive weapons hunt, you can use archery for both male and female deer, and muzzleloaders for bucks only. There’s also an archery-only hunt and gun hunts. At the state’s wildlife management areas, you may bag a total of five deer and only two bucks during the season. You may bag two deer per day, only one antlerless.

3. Rabbit
On private land, you may hunt rabbits using dogs only until the end of November. Immediately after that, you may hunt both using guns and dogs. At the state’s wildlife management areas, you may hunt rabbit in early to mid-September using dogs only, and from late November through late February using guns and dogs. Both private and public lands have a daily bag limit of five.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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