South Carolina Deer News

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...

... Previous reports have demonstrated gradual reductions of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) populations through immunocontraception, with stabilization occurring after 2–4 yr of treatment, and subsequent reductions of 6–10% annually. These studies employed porcine zona pellucida (PZP) vaccines that required two initial treatments and annual retreatments. From 2005 to 2010, 258 adult and yearling female deer on Fripp Island, South Carolina, were treated with one of several PZP preparations designed to produce 2+ yr of effective contraception with a single treatment... From 2005 to 2011, deer density on Fripp Island declined by 50%, from 72 deer/km2 to 36 deer/km2, an average annual reduction of 11%. In contrast, population density on the Hunting Island control site fluctuated between 2005 and 2011, averaging 23 deer/km2 (range, 19–28 deer/km2)...

Another average deer season could necessitate changes January 9, 2014 South Carolina, MyrtleBeachOnline.com
... The decline in the population is not surprising for a couple of natural reasons:  Habitat change in that the prevalence of mature pine stands in the state does not support deer densities at the same level as younger stands in which food and cover is more vailable.  Coyotes have emerged as a major predator of fawns in the state... South Carolina has one of the longest white-tailed deer hunting seasons ...

As deer season ends, protecting herd top priority December 31, 2013 South Carolina, Times and Democrat 
... ISSUE: Chronic wasting disease ... SCDNR has been conducting surveillance for CWD in South Carolina since 1998. To date, the disease has not been documented in South Carolina or any other Southeastern state in the vicinity of South Carolina... South Carolina’s DNR has been criticized for not being more liberal in supporting or allowing deer farming ...

Estimating Deer Herd Age, Looking ahead into deer season 2014 December 30, 2013 South Carolina, Enquirerherald
... as determined by a study performed by Mississippi State University, a 2 ½-year-old buck will have a main beam that measures, on average, 15.8 inches. A 3½-year-old averages out around 18 ½. Those older, mature 4 ½-year-old and older bucks that we’re all after measure greater than 20 inches.  By using shed antlers ...get a good feel for what the average age is for the deer ...

South Charleston Urban Deer Hunt December 9, 2013 South Carolina, 58wchs.com 
... "There's probably eight to ten people involved with at least three tracts of land and I believe there's been at least ten deer killed," said South Charleston City Attorney Michael Moore... "I've gotten no complaints at all about urban deer hunting so I don't see any reason why the program won't continue," ... Mayor Frank Mullens

Are deer as smart as they sometimes seem? November 16, 2013 South Carolina, Charleston Gazette 
...  it's natural selection at work. Those individuals, males and females, that are most wary and hyper-vigilant tend to survive hunting seasons.... Deer seem able to interpret human behavior ... Learning from experience is clearly a sign of intelligence. I conclude that at least some deer are pretty smart cookies...

... During the past 10 years the harvest data has documented a downswing in the total number of deer harvested ... “During the 2012 deer season, based on responses from our annual survey of deer hunters, we estimate that a total of 116,673 bucks and 101,181 does were harvested for a statewide total of 217,854 deer in the 2012 deer hunting season ... the deer population in South Carolina exhibited relative stability between 1995 and 2002. Since 2002, however, the population has trended down...

Disposing of deer remains: It's the right thing to do October 9, 2013 South Carolina, Enquirerherald
... Proper preparation of harvested deer from the forest to the table is an important part of hunting. Heads, hides and entrails should be buried at least 2 to 3 feet deep so dogs or other animals won’t dig up the remains and drag them around. Alternatively, hunters can take the remains to their local landfill provided the landfill accepts animal carcasses...

Study finds SC drivers more likely to hit deer while driving September 30, 2013 South Carolina, WMBF News
... according to a recent study from State Farm Insurance. While nation-wide, the chances of a driver crashing into a deer in the next year declined by 4.3 percent to 1 in 174, in South Carolina, the chances at 1 in 92.,,

Hunting ethics: Know your role September 17, 2013 South Carolina, Enquirerherald
... four hunters from South Carolina were charged with hunting illegally in Colorado... All four had been bowhunting with poison-tipped arrows that quickly paralyzed any animal that was shot... In a perfect world, they’d be barred from hunting anywhere for life. ...Take only those shots in which you are completely confident. Know your range. Respect for the wildlife requires that you harvest the animal quickly and in a humane manner....

Is it a comeback for Whitetail Deer in South Carolina? September 13, 2013 The Augusta Chronicle
... The downward spiral in South Carolina’s deer population may have moderated ... coyotes are a recent addition to the landscape and are another piece of the puzzle. DNR is currently involved in a major study with researchers at the Savannah River Site investigating the affects coyotes are having on the survival of deer fawns.  Cumulative data throughout the study indicates approximately 70 percent total fawn mortality with coyotes being responsible for approximately 80 percent of these mortalities ...



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South Carolina Data: The deer population is estimated at 750,000. The herd population peaked in the 1990's at about 1 to 1.2 million. 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.

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