Due to the recent heavy rain events and subsequent flooding, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is considering a temporary hunting season suspension in select counties.
Due to the historic record amounts of rainfall received across the state, South Carolina roads are under water and some have suffered severe damage.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with staff biologists and other stakeholders, will determine whether the current conditions merit a hunting season suspension.
Should conditions warrant a hunting season suspension, it is rumored to be brief, lasting less than a week.
The most likely scenario is that deer hunting season will cease beginning tomorrow, Oct. 8 and run through Sun., Oct. 11.
The counties most likely to be affected are those projected to have more flooding as the high water from the north and west drain into the coastal watersheds.
DNR urges concerned hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to check the SC DNR website and other media platforms for a potential announcement.
Whether or not the decision to suspend hunting season is made, several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state remain temporarily closed to vehicular traffic.
Gates on these WMAs are closed until the roads are safe for travel, at which point DNR staff will assess the damage.
Reports from some WMAs include culverts being washed out and roads being covered with fast flowing water.
Any hunting at these, or any WMAs, is done at the risk of the hunter.