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Deer

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Legal hunting time for deer is the time between one hour before official sunrise until one hour after official sunset (50-11-710).

In Game Zones 1 and 2 it is unlawful to pursue deer with dogs (50-11-310).

It is unlawful to hunt, shoot or in any way kill deer from a motorboat, raft or any other water conveyance, or to molest a deer while any part of the deer is in water (50-11-730).

Possessing any deer with the head detached while in transit from the point of kill is prohibited (50-11-400).

It is unlawful to hunt deer with a firearm within three hundred yards of a residence when less than ten feet above the ground without permission of the owner and occupant. The provisions of this section do not apply to a landowner hunting on his own land or a person taking deer pursuant to a department permit.

Archery, muzzleloaders and crossbows are allowed during gun hunts.

Antlerless Deer

An antlerless deer is defined as a deer with no antlers or an antlered deer with less than two inches of antler visible above the hairline. Antlerless deer may not be possessed, hunted, shot or in any way killed except during special seasons or by special permit (50-11-410).

Antlerless Deer Harvest Programs

These programs are conducted statewide using either-sex days and 2 optional antlerless deer tag programs. The dates for either-sex days are shown below.

Optional antlerless deer tag programs that hunters may choose to participate in include the Individual Antlerless Deer Tag Program and the Antlerless Deer Quota Program (ADQP).

Individual Antlerless Deer Tag Program

With the Individual Antlerless Deer Tag hunters may purchase up to 4 personal tags, for $5 each, which can be used on any day open to deer hunting with the following Game Zone restrictions: Only 1 tag is valid in Game Zone 1 on WMA or private land. In Game Zone 2, tags are valid on WMA and private land starting Oct. 1. In Game Zones 3-6, tags are valid on WMA and private land starting Sept. 15. Limit of one (1) antlerless deer per day using Individual Tags on WMA and private land. No more than two (2) Individual Tags may be used on all WMAs combined in Game Zones 2-6. Up to 4 individual tags may be used on private land in Game Zones 2-6. Tags do not have to be used on scheduled county-wide either-sex days. Tags are not valid on properties enrolled in the Antlerless Deer Quota Program. Tags do not alter the daily or seasonal bag limits prescribed for Game Zones or alter the type of weapon allowed. Tags must be attached to the deer and validated as specified on the tag form.

All persons purchasing tags in past years will be sent a renewal notice in August. New applicants may complete the application provided or contact SCDNR Deer Project at 803-734-3886 to receive an application. The possession and use of these tags are limited to the purchaser.

Antlerless Deer Quota Program

Antlerless deer quotas are issued to qualifying landowners or lessees statewide who complete and submit an application along with a $50 fee prior to July 18 each year. This program is generally better suited for landowners or lessees with larger acreages. Under the ADQP, a quota of tags is issued for a particular tract of land based on criteria including: density of the local deer population, condition of the local deer population, the size of the tract of land and the recreational and agricultural objectives of the property owner.

Utilization of tags issued under the ADQP is subject to the following Game Zone restrictions. In Game Zone 1 (Mountains) tags are valid beginning Oct. 1. in Game Zone 2 (Piedmont) and Game Zones 3-6 (Coastal Plain) tags are valid beginning Sept. 15. Tags issued for a particular tract of land can only be used on that tract and they must be used on all antlerless deer that are harvested, including antlerless deer harvested on either-sex days or by bow and arrow. Tags do not alter the daily or seasonal bag limits or use of weapons during special weapons seasons. A harvest report must be completed by the applicant at the close of the season.

Deer Processors

It is unlawful to keep any deer in cold storage or refrigerating plants unless the carcass is clearly marked with the hunter’s name, address and hunting license number (50-11-1700). This does not apply to storage at a private residence or to deer that have an Individual Antlerless Deer Tag Program tag attached to the hamstring since the hunter’s name, address and tag number appear on the face of the tag. Deer processors should recognize that it is unlawful to sell deer meat to regain the processing fee for deer that have not been picked-up by the owner (50-11-1910). The best practice is to take a deposit for the processing service when deer are left at the facility. If meat is not picked-up by the owner, it can be given to another individual at no charge.

Deer Rules & Regulations

Deer Seasons on Private Lands

  • Sunday hunting allowed on private lands.
  • Archery and crossbows allowed during all seasons.
  • Crossbows are considered archery equipment.
  • Limit of 1 antlerless deer per day with antlerless tags or on posted either sex days.
  • Limits listed include deer taken on private & WMA lands.
  • Only 1 individual antlerless deer tag may be used in Game Zone 1. Tags are valid in Game Zones 3-6 beginning Sept. 15 and in Game Zones 1 & 2 beginning Oct. 1. Individual tags are not valid on properties enrolled in the Antlerless Deer Quota Program. Tags do not alter the daily (1 per day) or seasonal limit or change the type of weapon that can be used during special weapons seasons. Tags must be attached to the deer and validated as specified on the tag form.
  • In Game Zones 1 and 2 it is unlawful to pursue deer with dogs.
  • Baiting or hunting deer over bait is not prohibited on private lands statewide.

Statewide Youth Day

Private lands: Jan. 3: Limit 2 total, 1 antlerless deer. No tags required.

Game Zone 1 (Private Lands)

Buck Limit: 2 per day, 5 per season (all methods and hunt periods combined)

Antlerless Limit: One (1) per day on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tag. Archers may take either-sex during primitive weapons seasons.

Deer Primitive Weapons:
Oct. 1-10

Muzzleloader is buck only, 2 per day. 1 antler- less per day. Archery antlerless limit – 2  total.

Gun Hunts: Oct. 11-Jan. 1

Antlerless Limit: buck only for all weapons except on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tag. 1 antlerless per day. Total 5 for all methods combined.

Either-Sex Days: Nov. 15, 22, 29

Game Zone 2 (Private Lands)

Buck Limit: 2 per day, 5 per season (all methods and hunt periods combined)

Antlerless Limit: One (1) per day on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tags. Archers may take either-sex during primitive weapons seasons (including archery only season).

Archery Only: Sept. 15-30

1 antlerless per day – 2 total.

Primitive Weapons: Oct. 1-10

Muzzleloader is buck only, except Antlerless on Oct. 4 or with individual antlerless deer tags. 1 antlerless per day – 2 total.

Gun Hunts: Oct. 11-Jan. 1

1 antlerless per day. Total 5 for all methods combined.

Either-Sex Days: Oct. 11, 18,
Nov. 15, 22, 29; Dec. 27; Jan. 1

Game Zone 3 (Private Lands)

No limit on antlered bucks.

Limit 1 antlerless deer per day on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tags.

Archery & Gun Hunts: Aug. 15-Jan. 1

Buck only, except on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tags.

Either-Sex Days: Oct. 4, 11, 18;
Nov. 15, 22, 29; Dec. 27; Jan. 1

Game Zone 4 (Private Lands)

No limit on antlered bucks.

Limit 1 antlerless deer per day on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tags.

Archery Only: Sept. 1-14

Buck only.

Gun Hunts: Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Buck only, except on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tags.

Either-Sex Days: Oct. 4, 11, 18;
Nov. 15, 22, 29; Dec. 27; Jan. 1

Game Zone 5 (Private Lands)

No limit on antlered bucks.

Limit 1 antlerless deer per day on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tags.

Archery Only: Aug. 15-31

Buck only.

Gun Hunts: Sept. 1-Jan. 1

Buck only,except on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tags

Either-Sex Days: Oct. 4, 11, 18;
Nov. 15, 22, 29; Dec. 27; Jan. 1

Game Zone 6 (Private Lands)

No limit on antlered bucks.

Limit 1 antlerless deer per day on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tags.

Archery & Gun Hunts: Aug. 15-Jan. 1

Buck only, except on either-sex days or with individual antlerless deer tags.

Either-Sex Days: Oct. 4, 11, 18;
Nov. 15, 22, 29; Dec. 27; Jan. 1

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