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 Hunting with an AR in SC
BackDrop  [Member]
11/29/2009 6:06:37 PM EST
Hey guys the title says it all.

1. Can you hunt deer & fall turkey with an AR ?

2. Can you hunt woodchucks with an AR ?

I was on the SC game comission website and could not find anything enlightening on firearms regulations.

I hunt/live in PA and the PGC is absolutely crazy with their firearms regs....and I might have a hunting possibility in SC next year, an am wondering what is legal in your state.
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Clicker58  [Member]
11/30/2009 1:07:56 AM EST
There is no fall turkey season that I'm aware of, spring only and shotgun only.

Deer is fine with 223, no FMJ ammo in the National Forest (public land).

What the hell is a woodchuck? Just kidding we don't have any down here, at least along the coast.

Feral hog has no season you can hunt them year round.
fulautotank  [Team Member]
11/30/2009 2:51:10 PM EST
Cannot hunt deer with 223 in SC, there is a reg that states 22 cal or smaller cannot be used. 223 falls into that category.
Seagrunt  [Member]
11/30/2009 3:20:06 PM EST
I believe that is in reference to .22 cal rimfire.
fulautotank  [Team Member]
11/30/2009 3:53:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By Seagrunt:
I believe that is in reference to .22 cal rimfire.


I think you are right, I pulled up the regs and it says " cannot use military hard-jacketed bulllets or 22 or smaller rim fire" that might have confused me.
I know that I have been told 223 is not legal but that is just hear say.
61hawk  [Member]
11/30/2009 4:17:02 PM EST
Where do you find 5 round magazines?
fulautotank  [Team Member]
11/30/2009 4:27:37 PM EST
Unless you are hunting in Government woods you don't need 5 rounders.
Brownells most likely
BackDrop  [Member]
11/30/2009 4:40:12 PM EST
Hey thanks for the replies ...I saw that your deer season lasts for several months (thats really cool!!) ....up here ours started today and lasts for two weeks (rifle season)....oh and what do you call woodchucks down there ...whistle pigs , ground hogs, mud bunnies??
Clicker58  [Member]
11/30/2009 4:56:32 PM EST
You cannot use 22RF in the Nat. Forest but it's legal on private land.
ETA: why do you need a 5 rd mag? I've never seen a rule on mag capacity.
DansFlash  [Member]
11/30/2009 5:13:07 PM EST
you can use your 30 rounder..
61hawk  [Member]
11/30/2009 5:24:57 PM EST
So I'm taking it that there's no magazine limit for hunting in this state? That seems a little strange... most states I've hunted in limit you to five shots in a rifle.
Clicker58  [Member]
12/1/2009 1:19:50 AM EST
I've never seen a regulation on magazine capacity for SC in the SCDNR handbook. AFAIK you can use a Beta mag if you're concerned about an attack by a zombie deer herd!
I find a twenty rounder is about the most I want hanging out the bottom of my gun. There are certain days for shotgun hunts & dog drives so you have to check those schedules in whatever game zone (in the Nat. Forest) you plan to hunt. Private property allows any weapon on any date during the season.
Another nice thing is we have no annual limit on bucks and plenty of antlerless deer (doe) days where you can take 2 animals each day.
No Sunday hunting on public land but you can hunt Sunday on private property.
ander254  [Member]
12/1/2009 3:28:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By BackDrop:
Hey thanks for the replies ...I saw that your deer season lasts for several months (thats really cool!!) ....up here ours started today and lasts for two weeks (rifle season)....oh and what do you call woodchucks down there ...whistle pigs , ground hogs, mud bunnies??


ground hogs is what I refer to them as. I haven't hunted any down here but I have shot quite a few at my stepfathers land in VA.
rusteerooster  [Team Member]
12/1/2009 1:00:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By fulautotank:
Cannot hunt deer with 223 in SC, there is a reg that states 22 cal or smaller cannot be used. 223 falls into that category.


According to SCDNR, you can hunt with any caliber on private land but you can not hunt on Public land (game lands) with a 22 rim but the 223 is ok. Mag capacity is not an issue.

DansFlash  [Member]
12/1/2009 3:19:52 PM EST
I have been hunting in Newberry county for about 15 years now and I have never once seen a groundhog. I always thought they had all been eatin or fled to my state. LOL
chuckdslayer  [Member]
12/3/2009 4:39:22 PM EST
Here you go read to your heart's desire


http://www.dnr.sc.gov/
fulautotank  [Team Member]
12/4/2009 4:10:01 AM EST
Are silencers legal on DNR land? There is nothing I can find in the regs.
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