Changes for Francis Marion deer season August 21, 2010 South Carolina

Changes for Francis Marion deer season Charleston Post Courier 8/21/2010  By Tommy Braswell

 Concerns voiced by hunters over the deer population in the Francis Marion National Forest combined with hard data compiled by wildlife ...

"It was 1.5 deer per square mile, which is lower than even our mountain hunting units which don't have near the carrying capacity that typical Lowcountry places do," Chappelear said. Chappelear said several factors have led to the decline, and there are some issues which cannot be quantified.

He said a lot of pine stands are now maturing, and those pines don't produce the good browse needed for a healthy herd.

Feral hogs also could be a big problem, as the wild hogs compete with deer for the mast-producing acorns.

Another factor could be coyotes. He said a study on the Savannah River Site shows that coyotes play a big role in fawn mortality.

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