Small game seasons closing this Sunday & Monday

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Turkey season will start soon after small game seasons close

The majority of North Carolina’s small game hunting seasons will close this Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. Most of South Carolina’s will close the following day, March 1. As these seasons close, hunters are looking ahead to turkey season, which starts soon in both states.

In North Carolina, bobcat, grouse, possum, quail, rabbit, raccoon, and squirrel seasons all close on Feb. 28. Crow season closes Saturday, Feb. 27. Still in season after this weekend will be armadillo, coyote, wild hog, groundhog, and skunk hunting. Hunting these animals is legal year-round.

And don’t forget, North Carolina’s Light Geese (Snow and Ross’s geese) Conservation Order season is open until March 31.

North Carolina’s crow season will reopen June 2 – July 31. The remainder of small game seasons will reopen over varying dates in the fall.

In South Carolina, crow, quail, rabbit, squirrel, fox, bobcats, otter, mink, muskrat, skunk, and weasel close on Monday, March 1. Raccoon and possum seasons close on March 15. These seasons will all remain closed through varying dates in the fall.

South Carolina will host a youth day for rabbit on March 6.

Still in season after March 1 in South Carolina will be beaver, coyotes, and wild hogs.

Hunters are anticipating a good turkey season

South Carolina’s 2021 turkey season will be split between two sections of the state which are broken into four game zones. Game Zones 3 and 4 private lands will open for turkey season on March 22 and run through April 30. Game Zones 1 and 2 season runs April 1 through May 10. For WMA’s the statewide season is April 1 through April 30.

South Carolina’s youth season for turkeys is March 20 through 21 in Game Zones 3 and 4, and March 27 through 28 in Game Zones 1 and 2.

In North Carolina, turkey season opens statewide April 10 and runs through May 8. The N.C. youth season is April 3 through April 9.

For a complete look at South Carolina’s turkey hunting regulations for 2021, click here. North Carolina hunters, click here.

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