Deer Population and Management

South Carolina Deer Population and Management News Archive
See the South Carolina page for the latest news and an historical summary.
About 725,000 deer. Peak population during mid-1990s with one million pre-hunt.

Annual Deer Hunt
2002: 319,902
2006: 221,319
2007: 239,193
2008: 248,778
2009: 231,319
2010: 222,696
2011: 226.458
2012: 217,854
2013: 225,806

Deer population trend down, 2002 was the peak harvest.


Since 1997, harvest estimates have been based on hunter surveys.  Before that check stations were used.