SC Looking To Add Counties For Bear Seasons

South Carolina DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is recommending a two-week black bear hunting season in three counties where bears have not been legally hunted for more than half a century.

The SC DNR will be posting information regarding the proposals on their website and accepting public comments for one month. A three-year study recently completed by a University of Tennessee researcher estimated the coastal bear population in South Carolina is 500, large enough to remain stable with a hunting loss of thirty bears per year.

The agency recommends issuing limited tags allowing hunters to take ten bears in each of Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties during a two-week season in December. The change has been prompted by the growth in black bear population in coastal areas. North Carolina already has a limited bear hunting season in its coastal counties.

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