As deer season draws near, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has released answers to 20 frequently asked questions that pop up around this time every year.
Some of the answers provided include how many deer tags are issued for free with the purchase of a state residential hunting license and how many tags can be purchased after that, as well as questions about youth hunters, deer processing and enforcement.
Hunters in the palmetto state will be able to take a total of 17 deer this year according to the SCDNR, but even though they are allowing hunters to take more deer than in previous years, they see this year’s approach as more conservative.
This is because each of the state’s Game Zones now has limits in place on the number of each type of deer that can be taken. For instance, according to the SCDNR, zones three and four previously had no limits on antlered bucks. Now there is a base limit of three with the option to purchase two additional tags. In zones one and two, regulations for deer without antlers have become more restricted while regulations for deer with antlers have remained the same.
The official start date for 2017’s deer season has not yet been released.