Read on to learn all about the special South Carolina coyote bounty program that may soon be instituted in the Palmetto State.
Are you a hunter looking for another chance to win big after missing out on the PowerBall jackpot? Well, the special South Carolina coyote bounty program currently under consideration by the legislature may be just what you’re looking for.
If approved by the state government, the new South Carolina coyote bounty program would involve the state department of natural resources capturing, tagging, and releasing 12 coyotes in all four of the state’s game zones. Similar to the famed “golden tickets” from Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory, any hunter who bags a tagged coyote would receive a $1,000 bounty from the state.
While only hunters who kill those 12 coyotes would be eligible to receive the bounty, it is hoped that the mere chance at receiving such a significant monetary reward would encourage more hunters to hit the woods this year for some coyote hunting.
According to Representative Alan Celmmons, one of the co-sponsors of the bill:
This innovation is the result of a big coyote problem and insufficient funding to implement a traditional bounty system. Hunters are currently killing about 30,000 yotes annually in SC. We are hoping that this program will increase that number exponentially.
Coyotes are not native to South Carolina and started appearing in the state during the 1970s. Now coyotes are present in all 46 counties in the state and kill untold numbers of fawns as well as pet dogs and cats each year.
The new South Carolina coyote bounty program would begin on July 1, 2016 if approved by the South Carolina legislature. If that happens, then the coyote population in South Carolina could be in for a rough summer, which would be very good news for the state’s whitetail deer.