For the second year in a row, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has tagged and released 16 coyotes. Four coyotes have been placed in each game zone as part of the coyote harvest incentive program. The incentive program was created by a Budget Proviso (47.10) passed by the S.C. General Assembly in 2016 and 2107. This proviso directs SCDNR to develop and implement a coyote tagging and reward program.
Phillip Gosnell, a 36-year-old water treatment operator from Landrum, took the largest bear of the Palmetto State’s 2017 bear hunting season. Gosnell was still hunting on 40 acers of private land in Greenville County when he took the 597-pound bear.
Biologists Michael Hooks and Charles Ruth of the SCDNR both mentioned Liberty Hill WMA as one of their top picks because of its size, ease of accessibility and land diversity, giving hunters multiple species of big and small game that provide excellent hunting. We’ve set it aside because the area lies in both Game Zones 2 and 4.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), in conjunction with the South Carolina Trappers Association, will host a Coyote Trapping and Management Workshop at the Webb Wildlife Center, located in Hampton County, on March 30-31, 2017.
Coyotes kill deer fawns. Study after study has proven this fact, but they also kill turkeys. This has prompted the Granville County Gobblers NWTF Chapter to make a statement. “Save a turkey; shoot a coyote.”
Like a lot of hunters across the Carolinas, Bryson Hopkins of Charlotte began hunting coyotes in the past few years, first as an attempt to help the deer population, then because he learned he really enjoys expanding his hunting season and honing his hunting skills which are put to the test against coyotes just as much as any other wild animal.
The SCDNR’s Coyote Harvest Incentive Program has been met with some degree of skepticism throughout the Palmetto State, but most hunters agree that something should be done about the coyote population.