Property Watch Program
South Carolina Hunting & Fishing
For many years the agency has experienced sharp increases in the number of complaints and cases for trespassing and road hunting. We are also receiving an increasing amount of landowner complaints due to deer dogs interfering with still hunting or other activities. While many of these complaints arise out of conflicting hunting styles in limited areas, the majority of these complaints are the result of unethical hunting practices. The increasing number of these type incidents requiring a law enforcement response is growing at an alarming rate. It is unfortunate that hunters are facing off over these incidents. All hunters should be standing together in support for ethical hunting practices. Unethical and unthoughtful hunters are doing a great harm to the sport of hunting. While many complaints come from hunters, many are coming from non-hunting landowners and homeowners. Many non-hunting landowners and homeowners tolerate hunting, but may become avid “anti-hunters” after repetitive problems and confrontations with unethical or unthoughtful hunters. If this trend continues, the sport of hunting may well be effected in the long run.
To aid the property owners and lease holders of South Carolina the Property Watch Program allows for immediate enforcement of trespassing cases without the land owner or lease holder being present. For more information or to enroll in the Property Watch Program contact 803-734-4002.