South Carolina Deer News

About our deer part II: July 27, 2014 South Carolina, The Tand D.com
... In 2013 the top harvest counties were Bamberg, Union, Allendale, Spartanburg and Calhoun with more than 16 deer per square mile taken.  The success rate for South Carolina hunters is about 70 percent, which is extraordinary. Think of it this way. Thirty deer per square mile is a very high deer density and we are taking over half that on average across the state...

DNR releases new deer hunting stats July 18, 2014 South Carolina, Berkeley Independent 
... after many years of rapid population growth the herd stabilized in the mid-1990s followed by a decreasing trend since about 2002, according to Ruth. Statewide population estimates put the deer herd at about 750,000 with an estimated harvest of about 225,000 each of the last few years.... 

About your deer, part 1, declining population July 13, 2014 South Carolina,  Times and Democrat
... Dr. Charles Ruth who is the project manager for deer ...says ... predominant factors in this decline... seems to be habitat loss due to the many acres that are planted in ten- year old and older planted pine. These areas are basically wildlife deserts... The second major factor is the migration of coyotes into our state over the last decade...

Kiawah Island, Most romantic beaches in Georgia and the Carolinas July 10, 2014 South Carolina, USA Today 
... Just south of historic Charleston, Kiawah Island offers couples a getaway filled with breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and Lowcountry luxury. The hard-packed sand on the 10-mile beach is perfect for bicycling; as you and your sweetheart pedal along, you'll likely spot deer peeking at you from behind the grassy dunes. ...

Open season on SRS Deer Hunt Program July 3, 2014 South Carolina, Aiken Standard 
... The Savannah River Site is expecting more than 600 hunters to participate in its annual SRS Deer Hunt Program ... a lottery system is used each year to select hunt participants... The fee is $130 ...

White deer spotted at Edisto Beach June 30, 2014 South Carolina, Collection Today
... The deer has been spotted many times on the island, most often around The Plantation Course at Edisto golf club ...  course staff first began seeing the white deer, a small doe, four years ago...

A Quantitative Analysis of White-Tailed Deer Harvest Across States and Counties, Rebecca Lynne Cain,  June 28, 2014 South Carolina, University of South Carolina
... The mean total white-tailed deer harvest is significantly greater for South 
Carolina than North Carolina at the county level ... North Carolina’s total harvest is more comparable to Tennessee than to South Carolina at the county level, because North Carolina and Tennessee have nearly equivalent means and their variability is also similar at the county level ... Having the detailed data mentioned ... for the majority of the states would enable white-tailed deer managers in every state to quickly interpret the data and make conclusions about what is occurring in other states, benefiting the deer manager in many ways.  [Deer Friendly is trying to put this data together, see Decline of Deer Populations]

Oh, Deer/Me June 23, 2014 South Carolina, Charleston Daily Mail 
... I saw a mother deer cleaning her new fawn... Its eyes were open and its head rested out from its body instead of coiled up in a fetal position... Mama remained over the hill, looking up at her little one ... By noon it was clear that the fawn had died... Mama began to pace ... There was something very human about her pain ... Off to the side stood Mama in pounding white rain, staring at me without any reaction to the storm...

St. John's arboretum plans 2nd archery deer hunt June 13, 2014 South Carolina, SC Times ·
... The application fee is $5. Those chosen by lottery to participate must pay an additional $30 fee ... To qualify, hunters must have a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources archery deer license and be willing to take an antlerless deer...

Clarendon breaks into top 10 deer harvest counties June 3, 2014 South Carolina, Clarendon Citizen Online
... When considering the estimated deer habitat that is available in South Carolina, the deer harvest rate on a statewide basis in 2013 was 10.7 deer per square mile. Although the deer population in the state has declined since 2002, this harvest rate should be considered good in comparison with most other states.” ...

...  the statewide harvest of deer last season totaled 225,806, an increase of 4 percent from 2012.  An estimated 124,482 bucks and 101,324 does made up this total ... 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. Prior to 1997 deer harvest figures were dependent on Deer Check Station reports ...

Deer makes friends wandering through S.C. neighborhood May 5, 2014 South Carolina, Fox44 
... Residents were surprised to find the deer unfazed by the attention ...  it appears to be a Fallow deer, which is not native to South Carolina...
   Friendly deer found in neighborhood returns home May 7, 2014 South Carolina, 
WIS-TV 
... The deer's name is Comet, and it turns out he's a family pet on a farm just outside of Simpsonville ... Comet got out after a tree fell on the fence ...

Statewide deer harvest is up 3.6 percent in 2013, SCDNR reports April 29, 2014 South Carolina, southcarolinasportsman.com
... “During the 2013 deer season, it’s estimated that a total of 124,482 bucks and 101,324 does were harvested for a statewide total of 225,806 deer,” Ruth said. “This figure represents a 3.6-percent increase in harvest from 2012 … but is 29.5-percent below the record harvest established in 2002.” ... 

Coyote/wolf hybrid spotted at Savannah River March 27, 2014 South Carolina, Greenville News
... The coyote/wolf hybrid that scares deer hunters throughout South Carolina has been found at the Savannah River Site by U.S. Forestry Service ... we took its DNA and a picture. We were stunned when the results came back with Canadian grey wolf in the animal’s background...

Hunting, fishing, outdoor activity provide key funds March 26 2014 South Carolina, The Tand D.com
... U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen and sportswomen to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation. South Carolina will receive $17.8 million...




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South Carolina Data: The deer population is estimated at 750,000. The population peaked in the 1990's at about 1 to 1.2 million with the peak deer harvest in 2002 at 319,902. The population has been trending lower since then.  Habitat change with more mature pine stands does not support as many deer as younger tree stands, and coyotes predation on fawns has increased. South Carolina also has the longest deer season in the country and has the most liberal limits of any state. The 2013 harvest of 225,806, was 55.1 percent bucks and was 29.5 percent below the record of 2002.  Hunters reported a 70 success rate.
     Timber management policies of the 1970's and 80's favored deer habitat, leading to population growth.  Currently there is significant acreage in even aged pine stands, about ten years old, that do not provide good habitat.  Increased coyotes populations, non natives, have also driven down populations.  In a recent study at the Savannah River Site, 70 percent fawn mortality was recorded with coyotes accounting for 80 percent of the mortalities.

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