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

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:45 AM

Even in the frigid winter months, many hunters in South Carolina are eager to practice their hunting and tracking skills and bag game to bring home. A chill may be in the air, but there are still plenty of game animals open for hunting in the winter in the state.

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As the fall hunting season wraps up, seasons for smaller animals are just beginning. Bird hunters in particular will find the winter an ideal time to get back to nature, as will anyone interested in hunting animals for their fur.

According to the South Carolina Hunting and Fishing Guide, hunting of the following animals is open in South Carolina in the winter.

1. Crow
Hunting season for the crow begins at the beginning of November and ends in early March on private lands. At the state’s wildlife management areas, the season begins at the beginning of November and ends in late February. Hunting of the crow is allowed in all of the state’s game zones, and there is no daily or seasonal bag limit.

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2. Ruffed Grouse
The Audubon Society describes this bird as “chicken-like," and usually brown or gray-brown in color. You may hunt this bird only in Game Zone 1, located in the northwest part of the state. Hunting season for the grouse begins in late November and extends through the beginning of March on private lands and the end of February at wildlife management areas. You may bag three per day.

3. Furbearers
Several small mammals are legal to hunt in South Carolina in the winter. Furbearers, often hunted or trapped for their pelts, include otter, bobcat, mink, muskrat, weasel, and skunk. Their hunting season begins at the end of November and ends at the beginning of March on private lands and the end of February at wildlife management areas. Hunting of furbearers is permitted in all of the state’s game zones, and there is no daily or seasonal bag limit. You cannot trap in the state’s wildlife management areas. All of these animals may be hunted for commercial purposes, but the Department of Natural Resources requires a commercial fur harvest license for both commercial and recreational trapping.

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

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Even in the frigid winter months, many hunters in South Carolina are eager to practice their hunting and tracking skills and bag game to bring home. A chill may be in the air, but there are still plenty of game animals open for hunting in the winter in the state.
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