Baiting for Deer Now Legal in All of SC

Baiting for Deer Now Legal in All of SC

deer2By Tiffani Ireland –

On Friday, Mar. 1, 2013, SC Governor Nikki Haley signed into law an amendment to the state’s current law that officially makes deer baiting legal in all parts of South Carolina.

Before its passage, deer bating had been legal in certain areas of the state. However, gray areas in the law regarding deer baiting in Game Zones 1 & 2 had left the Department of Natural Resources essentially unable to enforce the law as it pertained to these zones. As a result, DNR, who does oppose the practice of deer baiting, did lend its support to this bill’s passage.

As it now stands, it is legal to bait deer in all games zones within SC.


6 Responses to "Baiting for Deer Now Legal in All of SC"

  1. M Childress   June 5, 2013 at 7:17 am

    When will managing our National Forests lands resume? Since the stoppage of logging, our deer population has been on a steady decline in the upstate on public lands. Lack of carrying capacity due to mature even-aged pines, predators, and over harvesting have all contributed significantly. Clear cutting provides crucial forage for big and small game, something that ceased in the Clinton era, never to be resumed.

  2. Mike Brooks   April 30, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Sorry, meant to comment also on the baiting agenda, as far as baiting goes…..don’t really feel this will harm the deer herd, if done properly, harsh winters will require due diligence, even after the season is over!!

  3. Mike Brooks   April 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

    As Mr. Curry stated above, S.C. still needs to enter the “20th century”. It starts by instituting AND enforcing laws regarding bag limits and antler restrictions. Your neighbors motto is “if it’s brown, it’s down” needs to be a thing of the past. SC Bucks will NEVER reach their potential if they are harvested before 2.5 years old! I, too, as Mr. Blackwell states above.. am an avid bowhunter, who tagged a 210 lb. 9-point in Nebraska w/bow, the deer are larger there for a reason…. stiffer penalties for harvesting illegal deer!

    • Rodney   May 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Thats not the reason. Different strain of deer, better food, better soil. There hasnt been a 150 inch deer killed in Abbevile county since 1993. Thats right around the time that QDMA started. It also coincided with a severe drop in agriculture in the county. We will never, no matter what we do, have deer that average in body and antler size of a mid-western deer. Its impossible. I say just hunt and enjoy the comraderie and the experience. Dont be ashamed of any deer that you kill if you enjoyed the experience and it gave nourishment to your family

  4. Ralph Scurry   March 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Perhaps when SCDNR gets serious about all the deer hunting regulations Statewide such as bag limits and length of season we will move into the “20th Century” like all our Brethren Southern States. I am aware they don’t make laws but certainly they could strongly recommend reasonable regulations that would ultimately result in better deer hunters and more quality deer. But,alas, the “Low Country” has always ruled and set precedence. Remember the late “War of Unpleasantness”?

    • Ronnie Blackwell   April 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      As an avid bow hunter I whole heartedly agree set bag limits issue tags and we would see our deer quality increase greatly. After one trip to Kansas I’m a believer this will work after harvesting a 240 lb. 11 point .