SC to allow Sunday public land hunting


South Carolina’s long-held ban on Sunday hunting on public lands is on the way out. Starting May 26, 2023, eight South Carolina WMAs will begin allowing Sunday hunting. And in the state’s two National Forests, Sunday hunting will be legal from Oct. 15 through Jan. 31.

This change is due to widespread public support, and to legislation introduced by Representative Bobby Cox over the past couple of years.

NWTFSC State Chapter President Larry Deas said it’s a big step in the right direction.

“We are pleased that the regulations that allow Sunday hunting on a significant portion of the public land in South Carolina for a large part of deer season and some weekends during small game season have been approved,” said Deas. “This is a major step in the direction of leveling the playing field on public and private land, and we are hopeful that the experience gained through the implementation of these regulations will allow for broader opportunities for Sunday hunting on public lands in the very near future.”

When the SCDNR and Clemson University teamed up to gauge the public’s interest in doing away with the Sunday ban, the vast majority of respondents voiced their support for hunting on Sundays.

Which eight WMAs will the new regulations open to Sunday hunting? That hasn’t been announced yet, but we will be sure to let you know as soon as we find out.

For more information on South Carolina’s new Sunday hunting on public lands regulations, click here.

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