Youth raccoon hunts sponsored by the S.C. Coon Hunters Association (SCCHA) and participating regional clubs and chapters will begin in October and continue throughout the fall and winter, culminating with the South Carolina Youth Raccoon Hunting Championship, hosted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). The championship hunt is scheduled for March 2, 2019 and will be held at the SCDNR’s Webb Wildlife Center in Hampton County.
The 2018-2019 season for recreational harvest of shellfish (clams, oysters, mussels and other bivalves) in coastal waters of South Carolina opened one-half hour before official sunrise on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. The recreational shellfish season will remain open through May 15, 2019, unless conditions warrant extending or shortening the season.
In order to combat a potential threat posed by boat traffic to flood berms protecting coal ash ponds adjacent to the Waccamaw River near Conway, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Director Alvin Taylor today signed an emergency regulation establishing a “Vessel Exclusionary Zone” on the waters of the Waccamaw River in the vicinity of the Santee-Cooper Generating Station in Conway.
Oconee County’s South Cove County Park near Seneca will host a family event celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. This free family adventure is open to the public.
Based on continued monitoring of the flooding situation and additional input from staff in the field the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has expanded the temporary hunting closure zone (issued on 9/17/2018) to encompass more of the Pee Dee River drainage.
Due to the extreme high river level and widespread flooding following Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has declared a temporary closure for hunting within the Pee Dee and Waccamaw River drainage systems on all game species except for alligator, doves, hogs and coyotes.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Cowden Plantation near Jackson, S.C., are offering their thanks and appreciation to our military (active, retired, reserved, disabled) in memory of Spc. Thomas Caughman by hosting two free deer hunts on Nov. 30, 2018, and Dec. 14, 2018.
A limited number of free wood duck boxes will again be available to private landowners and other qualified applicants this fall through a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the State Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Interested individuals can apply for the available boxes via the SCDNR website (see link below).
In June, Charlotte resident Andy Ball headed to the South Carolina coast for a summer escape.
“We were down with five other friends on a reunion of sorts – South Mecklenburg High School class of 1985,” Ball said. During the trip, Georgetown Coastal Adventures’ Captain Dan Scarborough took Ball and his friends out to the Winyah Bay jetties to target large red drum.