South Carolina hunters have long enjoyed a generous bag limit of five spring turkeys. In some ways, they’ve been the envy of some of us living in states with just a one- or two-bird limit. That’s changed. It’s been cut to just three.
That’s a good thing, many suggest.
According to The Edgefield Advertiser, Representative Bill Hixon, both a hunter and lawmaker – and a House of Representative’s Wildlife Committee Chairman – said South Carolina turkey hunting regulation changes are the result of declining wild turkey numbers. The move is supported by both the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation, based in Edgefield, SC.
But that's not all.
South Carolina is also studying the effects of predators on nesting activity. As with other states around the country such as New York, tracking studies will attempt to monitor this negative influence on turkey populations.
For insight into the legislation, read more here, noting the change is now official.
As South Carolina Sportsman has also recently suggested, the legislation standardizes statewide spring turkey seasons to run March 20-May 5, an effort to both “guarantee all turkey hunters in South Carolina the same hunting opportunity, while attempting to address the issue of declining turkey populations."
Steve Hickoff is Realtree.com's editorial director and turkey hunting editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.