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Small Game

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All Game Zones

Small Game Seasons Check individual WMAs for additional restrictions.

Species

Game Zone

Private Land Seasons

WMA Seasons

Limit

Mourning Doves

All game zones

Sept. 1-6 (afternoons only)

Sept. 7-Oct. 11, Nov. 15-29,
Dec. 13-Jan. 15

See Public Dove Field List Available in Early August

15 per day

Crow

All game zones

Nov. 1-Mar. 1

Nov. 1-Feb. 28

No limit

Quail

All game zones

Mar. 2-Nov. 23, 2014 (dogs only)

Nov. 24-Mar. 1 (guns & dogs)

Mar. 2-Nov. 22, 2015 (dogs only)

Sept. 1-13 (dogs only)

Nov. 24-Feb. 28 (guns & dogs)

12 per day

Rabbit

All game zones

Mar. 2-Nov. 26, 2014 (dogs only)

Nov. 27-Mar. 1 (guns & dogs)

Mar. 2-Nov. 25, 2015 (dogs only)

Sept. 1-13 (dogs only)

Nov. 27-Feb. 28 (guns & dogs)

5 per day

Squirrel

All game zones

Mar. 2-Sept. 30, 2014 (dogs only)

Oct. 1-Mar. 1 (guns & dogs)

Mar. 2-Sept. 30, 2015 (dogs only)

Oct. 1-Feb. 28

10 per day

Fox

All game zones

Mar. 2-Nov.26, 2014 (dogs only)

Nov. 27-Mar. 1 (guns & dogs)

Mar. 2-Nov. 25, 2015 (dogs only)

Sept. 1-Nov. 26 (dogs only)

Nov. 27-Feb. 28 (guns & dogs)

No limit

Beaver

All game zones

Year-round

Sept. 1-Feb. 28

No limit

Other Furbearers (Bobcat, Otter, Mink, Muskrat, Skunk, Weasel)

All game zones

Nov. 27-Mar. 1

Nov. 27-Feb. 28

No limit

Grouse

Game Zone 1 only

Nov. 27-Mar. 1

Nov. 27-Feb. 28

3 per day

Raccoon & Opossum

Zones 1 & 2

Mar. 2-Oct. 14, 2014 (dogs only)

Oct. 15-Mar. 1, 2015

Mar. 2-Oct. 14, 2015 (dogs only)

Sept. 1- Oct. 14 (dogs only)

Oct. 15-Feb. 28 (guns & dogs)

3 per party, per day

No limit for opossum

Raccoon & Opossum

Zones 3 & 6

Mar. 16-Sept. 14, 2014 (dogs only)

Sept. 15, 2014-Mar. 15, 2015 (guns & dogs)

Mar. 16-Sept. 14, 2015 (dogs only)

Sept. 1-13 (dogs only)

Sept. 15-Feb. 28 (guns & dogs)

No limit

Raccoon & Opossum

Zones 4 & 5

Mar. 16-Sept. 14, 2014 (dogs only)

Sept. 15, 2014-Mar.15, 2015 (guns & dogs)

Mar. 16-Sept. 14, 2015 (dogs only)

Sept. 1-13 (dogs only)

Sept. 15-Feb. 28 (guns & dogs)

3 per party, per day

No limit for opossum

Statewide

Youth Days on Private Land

Species

Game Zone

date

Limit

Raccoon

Game Zones 3–6

Sept. 13, 2014

Game Zone limits apply

Game Zones 1–2

Oct. 11, 2014

Squirrel

All Game Zones

Sept. 27, 2014

Game Zone limits apply

Quail

All Game Zones

Nov. 22, 2014

Game Zone limits apply

Rabbit

All Game Zones

Mar. 7, 2015

Game Zone limits apply

Small game includes the following species: quail, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, fox, beaver, bobcat, mink, muskrat, otter, skunk, grouse and weasel. Unless otherwise specified in the small game seasons charts, hunt dates for these species are from Thanksgiving day through Mar. 1.

Rabbit Boxes

It is unlawful for any person to trap rabbits, except that a landlord or tenant may use not more than five rabbit boxes on lands on which he has exclusive control during the gun season for rabbits. A hunting license is required to use rabbit boxes. Rabbit boxes are not permitted on WMA lands (50-11-160).

Running Seasons (No gun season)

During any period when rabbits, raccoons, opossums, squirrels or fox may be hunted without firearms, it is illegal to hunt such game when carrying on one’s person or in one’s vehicle any firearm.

Bird Dog Training

Bird dogs may be trained year-round on private land. Trainers must have a valid hunting license and may only use firearms with blank ammunition during the closed season for quail. A Bird Dog Trainer’s License is available to persons engaged in the business of training bird dogs in return for money, goods or services. This license allows a trainer and two assistants to take pen-raised quail, chukars and pheasant during the closed season while training dogs. Applicants must provide documentation of land areas to be used for training. For information, or to obtain a license, contact: SCDNR Small Game Project at P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or call 803-734-3609.

Field Trials

It is unlawful to conduct or participate in any field trial unless a permit for such trial has been obtained from the SCDNR. Requests for field trial permits must be submitted to SCDNR at least 14 days prior to the proposed trial date. Requests shall include payment of $5 per trial and the time and location of the proposed trial. A charter or document indicating that the trial is sanctioned by a nationally recognized field trial organization must accompany all requests for field trial permits.

For information, or to obtain a permit, contact SCDNR Small Game Project at P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or call 803-734-3609.

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