South Carolina opening free deer hunting this weekend

  • Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 9:34 p.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, January 3, 2013 1:50 p.m.

Deer season is over, but there are still many quarries for the outdoor sportsman or wannabe to enjoy this “Free Hunt” weekend.

This weekend, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will offer “free hunt days,” which offers a chance for unlicensed hunters to get into the field.

Deer season in South Carolina ended on Tuesday, but all existing seasons, bag limits and methods of take still apply, DRN said. DNR strongly suggests that all hunters check the “2012-2013 Rules and Regulations” for more information and pertinent changes to related law.

Free hunting days are available only to South Carolina residents and apply to all lands in which hunting is allowed, including private lands and Wildlife Management Areas throughout that state that are not otherwise closed to hunting.

South Carolina residents are legally allowed to hunt without a state hunting license, WMA permit or Migratory Waterfowl Permit (formerly State Duck Stamp), according to DNR.

They do not waive any Federal requirements for a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp), to hunt migratory waterfowl and does not open WMA’s that were not previously open for hunting.

DNR is also sanctioning a “Youth Deer Hunt Day” on Saturday. Hunters ages 17 and younger can hunt deer as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult 21 or older. Only the minors may take or attempt to take game, and license requirements are waived for the youth hunter.

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