In an effort to help control the population of hogs, coyotes, and armadillos, the state has some very liberal allowances for hunters going after the non-native animals. Baiting is perfectly legal, as is the use of electronic calls, artificial lights, and night vision. Hunters are allowed to use any legal firearm, bow, or crossbow. Anyone using a center-fire rifle must be elevated at least 10-feet off the ground.
Night hunting for hogs, coyotes, and armadillos has been legal in South Carolina for a few years now, but the SCDNR does require registration for the individual hunters, and for the land they will be night hunting on.
The legal night hunting season runs from the last day of Feb. to Jul. 1, and the SCDNR must receive notification at least 48 hours in advance of night hunting activity.
This is a yearly requirement, so don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because you registered last year, that you are good to go. Both land and property need to be registered every year.
Registering property to be hunted at night includes location and bordering road names. Hunters need to provide their names, birth dates, and hunting license numbers. Anyone convicted of certain crimes within the last 5 years are not eligible to participate in night hunting.
Click here to register your property and yourself for night hunting.
Click here to share your night hunting experiences and photos from years past.