Bamberg County was the most productive
Preliminary reports from SCDNR show turkey hunters in South Carolina killed a total of 8832 birds during the 2022 season.
Of all the turkeys killed, 89 percent were mature toms and 11 percent were jakes. Most successful hunters (76 percent) killed their turkeys in the morning, with 24 percent bagging their birds in the afternoon/evening hours.
The most successful day of the year was April 1, when a total of 700 turkeys were killed in the state.
Successful hunters came from a total of 39 different states, with the majority coming from South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia. The five most successful counties were Bamberg, Union, Spartanburg, Williamsburg and Orangeburg. As for land type, 91 percent were killed on private lands, with 9 percent on public lands.
Turkey hunters are required to report their kills to the SCDNR by one of three methods. For 2022, 69 percent reported through the mobile app, 16 percent used their phones to text their report and 15 percent reported through SCDNR’s website.
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