From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - June 15 deadline to apply for 2014 public alligator hunting, special WMA season

“South Columbia, South Carolina - The deadline to apply for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) online applications for the 2014 Public Alligator Hunting season and the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Alligator Hunting Season is June 15. Applications are accepted online.

A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt and a $15 nonrefundable application fee is charged to apply for the WMA Alligator Hunt. A randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of hunters. Applicants can only apply and pay fees online or at one of the walk-up counters at a DNR Regional Office in Clemson, Florence, Columbia, or Charleston. No paper applications will be accepted. This year’s season will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) on Sept. 13 and run until 12 p.m. (noon) on Oct. 11. The deadline to apply is June 15th.

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From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Renew your state hunting and fishing license

South Carolina hunting licenseLicense Sales for 2014-2015 hunting and fishing licenses begin on June 16, 2014. You can buy your South Carolina hunting and fishing licenses multiple ways. Licenses are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offices or by visiting one of the 500 license vendors across the state. Licenses are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-866-714-3611 or by visiting the DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase. Having your state issued identification ready and a current SC hunting/fishing license that displays your customer identification number will speed your purchase.

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From South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Statewide deer harvest increases slightly in 2013

Deer in South Carolina” title= Columbia, South Carolina - Results of the 2013 Deer Hunter Survey conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources indicate that the statewide harvest of deer last season totaled 225,806, an increase of 4 percent from last year. An estimated 124,482 bucks and 101,324 does made up this total, according to Charles Ruth, Deer and Wild Turkey Program coordinator for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Since 1997, DNR’s Wildlife Section has employed an annual random mail survey to estimate the harvest of deer at the state and county level. This year’s survey was sent to 25,000 hunters... find out more about South Carolina's 2013 deer hunting season ...

From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Spring turkey hunters should order tags now for upcoming season

Turkey Columbia, South Carolina - The S.C. Department of Natural Resources recently mailed turkey tags for the 2014 spring season. Those who have not received them should order tags now so they will receive them before the season opens. Hunters can determine if they should have received their tags by mail by checking their hunting license. If “Turkey Tags” appears on their hunting license the tags should have already been mailed to them. If “Turkey Tags” does not appear on the license then they will need to order the tags. Turkey tags are free and can be ordered online.

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From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Duck hunters finish the season on DNR Waterfowl Management Areas

Pintail pic from S.C. Department of Natural Resources Columbia, South Carolina - Duck hunters finished the season on S.C. Department of Natural Resources public hunting lands, with a total reported harvest of 5079 birds, an average of 1.7 birds per hunter. A total of 3085 hunters participated in 170 hunts at the 19 Wildlife Management Areas that recorded individual hunt data.

Wood ducks accounted for 34 percent of the total harvest, followed by Gadwall, Northern shoveler, American green-winged teal, and American widgeon.

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From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Antler measuring sessions set across South Carolina

Antler scoring in south carolina Antlers will abound throughout the Palmetto State as the search for new state record deer antlers gets underway during the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' annual series of measuring sessions.

Columbia, South Carolina - Each year during March, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) measures deer antlers throughout the state, with a major effort during the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic scheduled for March 28-30 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. A total of 6,168 sets of white-tailed deer antlers, including 5,936 typical racks and 232 nontypical, are currently ranked on South Carolina's all-time antler records list, according to Charles Ruth, Deer and Wild Turkey Project supervisor for DNR. Minimum scores for state record listing are 125 points for typical antlers and 145 points for nontypical antlers. Measurements are based on the Boone and Crockett system.

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From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - North Island hog hunts with dogs to remove destructive feral hogs

Feral pig from South Carolina The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will continue efforts to remove and eliminate feral hogs from North Island in Georgetown County by scheduling three hog hunts with dogs.

“Feral hogs have continued to multiply on the island, causing destruction to the landscape and native plants, jeopardizing the nesting success of ground-nesting birds and sea turtle nests scattered along the beaches of this barrier island,” said Jamie Dozier, wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These hunts are part of an overall hog removal project on the Yawkey Wildlife Center.

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Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Idaho, South Carolina, and more

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Fairfax, Virginia - Thanks to the NRA's Event Marketing and Communications Manager, Nicole McMahon, here are the Friends of NRA banquets coming up this next week.

At Friends of NRA banquets are full of great people who support the Second Amendment and want to raise money for local, state and national shooting sports programs. Each event is run by our absolutely dedicated volunteers. Without their help, Friends of NRA would not be able to have such reach across the country or make as much of an impact on the future of our shooting sports heritage as we do today.

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From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Wheelchair turkey hunt held in Upstate

Wheelchair turkey hunt held in Upstate South Carolina The first S.C. Department of Natural Resources co-sponsored wild turkey hunt for persons permanently confined to a wheelchair was held in the Upstate on Saturday, April 13.

This special hunt was conducted in Newberry County at a private hunting lease and is another example of the ongoing partnership among various private landowners in the Upstate and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The hunt was a tremendous success overall, but it was especially so for Jeff Cooper of Camden who took his first gobbler on his first turkey hunt. Cooper, who has been in a wheelchair for 30 years, said that he was sincerely appreciative to have such an exciting outdoor recreational opportunity.

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