In recent years, South Carolina has seen a significant decline in whitetail deer harvest.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) is seeking the input of hunters about the proposed changes to the state’s deer management legislation.
SC DNR believes the decline in whitetail populations is a result of liberal deer harvests and a rapidly growing coyote population.
In order to keep more deer around, proposed legislation changes would limit hunters to four antlered bucks per year and all deer will be required to be tagged.
Brought up earlier this year, the proposed bill has already been passed in the Senate. The bill sits in the House until they return to session in January.
Before then, SC DNR wants input from hunters. They have scheduled seven public meetings throughout the state.
Public Meeting Schedule
All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Dates and locations are as follows:
- Tues., Sept. 22, 2015- Florence, Pee Dee Research and Education Center Auditorium
- Thurs., Sept. 24, 2015- Lancaster, University of South Carolina- Lancaster, Stevens Auditorium
- Tues., Sept. 29, 2015- North Augusta, North Augusta High School Auditorium
- Tues., Oct. 6, 2015- Pendleton, Pendleton High School Auditorium
- Thurs., Oct. 8, 2015- Greenwood, Piedmont Technical College James Medford Family Event Center Auditorium
- Tues., Oct. 13, 2015- Orangeburg, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Roquemore Auditorium
- Thurs., Oct. 15, 2015- Walterboro, Hampton Street Auditorium