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S.C. DEER SEASON: Hunters Be sure you have valid license, tags
With the 2020 deer season fully under way, most hunters should have already ordered or received the tags necessary to legally hunt deer this year. Pre-ordered tags began being mailed in late July/early August. If you still need to order tags, or have not yet received a set of base tags that you were anticipating, help is available.
South Carolina deer hunters who have an annual or three-year hunting license and big game permit, combination license, or sportsman license that was valid on Aug. 15 should have automatically received a base set of deer tags in the mail. Lifetime, senior, gratis, and catawba license holders that requested deer tags last year should have automatically received a free base set of tags also. Youth and disability license holders must still request their free base set of tags.
To purchase extra tags in addition to your base tags, as well as other licenses or permits, call (866) 714-3611, or visit www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase
Chronic wasting disease
As deer season opens up this year, South Carolina game officials are warning hunters: keep chronic wasting disease out of the state.
Hunters in the state should remember not to import certain carcass parts of white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose and elk harvested from places where confirmed cases of the contagious disease have occurred, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.
The fatal neurological disease afflicting members of the deer family has been found in 26 U.S. states — but not South Carolina.
To keep it that way, game officials are maintaining restrictions to prevent certain deer parts from being imported from those states. Officials said hunters should not bring whole deer carcasses, or deer or elk parts containing nervous system tissue, into South Carolina.
The Department of Natural Resources has tested more than 6,000 deer for the disease since 2002, with samples from all 46 counties.