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 Legality of suppressors for hunting in SC
Pointfiveoh  [Member]
6/3/2009 9:27:15 AM
Can anyone here tell me if it's legal to hunt game animals with a can in South Carolina?
FreeFloater  [Member]
6/3/2009 2:05:35 PM
I used google to find this link:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080220071129AAVADtt

Scroll down to corey h's response...he gives a reference as well.

Do your own research...do not go by what someone else tells you.

Also, I went here, and did not immediately find anything about suppressors. One may conclude that if it's not prohibited, it is legal...though one may get into trouble assuming this. Call them to be sure.

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regulations.html
61hawk  [Member]
6/3/2009 7:26:03 PM
Originally Posted By Pointfiveoh:
Can anyone here tell me if it's legal to hunt game animals with a can in South Carolina?


Perhaps you can explain why one would need a suppressor while hunting?
Pointfiveoh  [Member]
6/3/2009 10:27:07 PM
To preserve my hearing. Your ears don't heal and you only get one set.
CRC  [Team Member]
6/3/2009 10:41:47 PM
Legal in SC, illegal in NC
Bunn19  [Member]
6/4/2009 3:13:03 PM
I was under the impression that all NFA weapons are illegal for hunting game animals in SC. You should be able to find it in the SC DNR handbook. I may be incorrect, but I'm pretty sure that there is a statement in there prohibiting NFA weapons.

kingston_fisher  [Team Member]
6/4/2009 6:55:45 PM
Originally Posted By Bunn19:
I was under the impression that all NFA weapons are illegal for hunting game animals in SC. You should be able to find it in the SC DNR handbook. I may be incorrect, but I'm pretty sure that there is a statement in there prohibiting NFA weapons.



I was under the same impression but I can't find it anywhere in the reg book online or in the SC code of law.
61hawk  [Member]
6/4/2009 8:58:14 PM
Originally Posted By Pointfiveoh:
To preserve my hearing. Your ears don't heal and you only get one set.


That's why they make ear plugs.

AllserviceBilliards  [Team Member]
6/4/2009 11:06:48 PM
Originally Posted By 61hawk:
Originally Posted By Pointfiveoh:
To preserve my hearing. Your ears don't heal and you only get one set.


That's why they make ear plugs.



No. That argument holds no water.

I'd rather use a suppressor than earplugs ANY day. Hearing is important and it is absured to expect someone to sacrifice that sense when there is a perfectly rational solution.

There is nothing ethically or morally wrong with hunting with a suppressor. On the other hand, the nature of your question, "Perhaps you can explain why one would need a suppressor while hunting?" has serious flaws.

Since the OP is asking a legitimate question and your interjection has absolutely nothing to do with the answere, I have a question for you: What is the purpose of YOUR query?
Zardoz  [Team Member]
6/4/2009 11:15:10 PM
Originally Posted By 61hawk:
Originally Posted By Pointfiveoh:
Can anyone here tell me if it's legal to hunt game animals with a can in South Carolina?


Perhaps you can explain why one would need a suppressor while hunting?

For the same reason some people want to use iron sights while others want to use a scope. Because they want to. Honestly, why should he have to explain a "need" for anything?



ckmark  [Member]
6/5/2009 4:39:44 AM
Uh, The reason i put for my .22 can was to hunt squirrels and it got approved.
61hawk  [Member]
6/5/2009 12:32:34 PM
Originally Posted By AllserviceBilliards:
Originally Posted By 61hawk:
Originally Posted By Pointfiveoh:
To preserve my hearing. Your ears don't heal and you only get one set.


That's why they make ear plugs.



No. That argument holds no water.

I'd rather use a suppressor than earplugs ANY day. Hearing is important and it is absured to expect someone to sacrifice that sense when there is a perfectly rational solution.

There is nothing ethically or morally wrong with hunting with a suppressor. On the other hand, the nature of your question, "Perhaps you can explain why one would need a suppressor while hunting?" has serious flaws.

Since the OP is asking a legitimate question and your interjection has absolutely nothing to do with the answere, I have a question for you: What is the purpose of YOUR query?


Please point out the flaws in my initial response.

If I'm that concerned about my hearing, I'd stop shooting period. I'm curious, will the shooter require his hunting partners to also use a suppressor, because their shooting hurts his ears? How about on the range, does he only go to "suppressor only" ranges?

If it came down to it, I'd probably prefer a suppressor to ear plugs too... but why? This guy probably wants NASCAR to put mufflers on their cars and for fireworks displays to "turn it down".

raybros  [Member]
6/5/2009 3:50:15 PM
Id say he would lke to hear the game approaching, and that kinda hard with earplugs. Actuall hunting with supressors is an excellent idea. You don't bother neighbors, it doesn't scare all the deer away, and wearing ear protection at a nascar race? Ive been to plenty of races and believe it or not you can still hear them loud and clear with plugs, you just dont get the ear damage. If some people don't want to protect their ears now , I promise when they get older and cant hear anything, they will say , hmmm maybe I should have hunted with a supressor. If it's legal, and he can afford it who's to say why? Why do I need a 50 cal Barrett and 32 Ar 15s, and 12 Ak's? Simple, I can and I want to. If it were legal in NC you bet I'd be hunting with one and so would alot of people, esp at hunting camps.
ThePontificator  [Member]
6/5/2009 4:07:26 PM
Originally Posted By ckmark:
Uh, The reason i put for my .22 can was to hunt squirrels and it got approved.


Yeah, but the DNR didn't process your class 3 paperwork. It was processed by the Sheriff's Office.

AllserviceBilliards  [Team Member]
6/5/2009 4:36:02 PM
Originally Posted By 61hawk:
Originally Posted By AllserviceBilliards:
Originally Posted By 61hawk:
Originally Posted By Pointfiveoh:
To preserve my hearing. Your ears don't heal and you only get one set.


That's why they make ear plugs.



No. That argument holds no water.

I'd rather use a suppressor than earplugs ANY day. Hearing is important and it is absured to expect someone to sacrifice that sense when there is a perfectly rational solution.

There is nothing ethically or morally wrong with hunting with a suppressor. On the other hand, the nature of your question, "Perhaps you can explain why one would need a suppressor while hunting?" has serious flaws.

Since the OP is asking a legitimate question and your interjection has absolutely nothing to do with the answere, I have a question for you: What is the purpose of YOUR query?


Please point out the flaws in my initial response.

If I'm that concerned about my hearing, I'd stop shooting period. I'm curious, will the shooter require his hunting partners to also use a suppressor, because their shooting hurts his ears? How about on the range, does he only go to "suppressor only" ranges?

If it came down to it, I'd probably prefer a suppressor to ear plugs too... but why? This guy probably wants NASCAR to put mufflers on their cars and for fireworks displays to "turn it down".



Your remarks are sprurious, speculative at best.

Also, your initial response was a question that had NOTHING to do with the OP's question (are suppressors legal for hunting in SC?).

I see no valid use in ascertaining the OP's associate's hunting practices, etc.

Now please, answere my question. You asked: "Perhaps you can explain why one would need a suppressor while hunting?" What is the purpose of YOUR query?
kingston_fisher  [Team Member]
6/5/2009 6:08:04 PM
Originally Posted By 61hawk:
Originally Posted By Pointfiveoh:
Can anyone here tell me if it's legal to hunt game animals with a can in South Carolina?


Perhaps you can explain why one would need a suppressor while hunting?


Perhaps you can explain why one would need to hunt? I mean with being able to buy food at the grocery store and all...


On a more serious note, I can say that if it is legal to hunt with a suppressor in SC I will hunt squirrels with one. I will hunt in areas that I normally won't hunt until after deer season. Also, for whatever reason my 10/22 is noticeably more accurate suppressed than unsuppressed.

I don't see a reason why it shouldn't be legal. It is not quiet enough to not spook other animals within close proximity and it has no bearing on bag limits. The DNR exists, among other things, to regulate the population of game animals. They do this through controlling the time length of the hunting seasons and limiting the number of critters that can be taken within the season. It shouldn't matter to them if your firearm is suppressed. Poaching is still illegal as are exceeding bag limits and hunting out of season.