South Carolina Deer season closes Sunday, Jan. 1

The 2011 deer season will close on Sunday, Jan. 1 not Monday
Jan. 2. The old law that provided for hunting on Saturday when the
season opening date fell on Sunday or on Monday when the season
closing date fell on Sunday was repealed several years ago by the
General Assembly at the request of the S.C. Department of Natural
Resources (DNR).

The opening or closing date falling on Sunday, a situation that
arose only every seven years, created confusion among hunters and
presented problems with dates on printed materials that DNR
publishes. This law was a carry-over from a time during which many
people did not hunt on Sunday and when Sunday hunting of big game
was actually prohibited in certain parts of the state. As it now
stands, the season for all species of game will open and close on
the date specified by law regardless of whether a Sunday is
involved. By law, deer seasons on private land in all parts of the
state closes on Jan. 1, therefore, the season this year will close
on Sunday, Jan. 1.

Hunters on public lands (WMA’s) should note that since there is
no Sunday hunting on WMA’s, the deer season will close on Saturday,
Dec. 31.

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