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 South Carolina hunting rifle magazine restriction?
Crowkiller  [Team Member]
9/21/2010 10:49:36 AM EST
I plan to visit South Carolina to hunt deer and hogs next month. I'm planning to bring my AR 15 in 7.62X39. Are there any magazine restrictions for number of rounds? Will I be legal with 10 round magazines?

Thanks
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CaputLapidis  [Team Member]
9/21/2010 11:18:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By Crowkiller:
I plan to visit South Carolina to hunt deer and hogs next month. I'm planning to bring my AR 15 in 7.62X39. Are there any magazine restrictions for number of rounds? Will I be legal with 10 round magazines?

Thanks


We do not have magazine capacity restrictions. But my understanding is that depending on where you are hunting, there may be a restriction on the rifle. In the low country, at least, you are generally not allowed to use rifles on the ground, only from an elevated stand. You generally are not allowed to use a shotgun from an elevated stand. You are allowed to use shotguns (buckshot, not slugs) and large caliber pistols on the ground. You do have to use softpoints in the rifle - no FMJ. I have often used my AR in 7.62x39 for hogs and it really works great.

I don't know the rules in the upstate.

The rules and regulations are in a pdf on the dnr website. HERE Look up the game zone you are going to be in and look up allowable weapons.

Good luck and nail as many as you can. We are overrun down here.
rock71  [Team Member]
9/21/2010 2:33:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By CaputLapidis:
Originally Posted By Crowkiller:
I plan to visit South Carolina to hunt deer and hogs next month. I'm planning to bring my AR 15 in 7.62X39. Are there any magazine restrictions for number of rounds? Will I be legal with 10 round magazines?

Thanks


We do not have magazine capacity restrictions. But my understanding is that depending on where you are hunting, there may be a restriction on the rifle. In the low country, at least, you are generally not allowed to use rifles on the ground, only from an elevated stand. You generally are not allowed to use a shotgun from an elevated stand. You are allowed to use shotguns (buckshot, not slugs) and large caliber pistols on the ground. You do have to use softpoints in the rifle - no FMJ. I have often used my AR in 7.62x39 for hogs and it really works great.
I don't know the rules in the upstate.

The rules and regulations are in a pdf on the dnr website. HERE Look up the game zone you are going to be in and look up allowable weapons.

Good luck and nail as many as you can. We are overrun down here.


Whaaaaat????

CaputLapidis  [Team Member]
9/22/2010 5:05:14 AM EST
The information I provided you is for game zone 6. Rules may be different in the other zones. There is a general section on weapons and a section on seasons for each zone.
rock71  [Team Member]
9/22/2010 5:20:18 AM EST
Originally Posted By CaputLapidis:
The information I provided you is for game zone 6. Rules may be different in the other zones. There is a general section on weapons and a section on seasons for each zone.


Are these WMA rules? I don't know of any restrictions on weapon type-vs-stand type on private lands.
Crowkiller  [Team Member]
9/22/2010 10:23:13 AM EST
I cannot find any magazine restrictions on the website, and I'll be on private land. I've hunted there from the ground with a rifle before, so I really don't think that is an issue (the club is strict about following the law and would have let me know).
CaputLapidis  [Team Member]
9/23/2010 6:33:56 AM EST
As I said, there are no magazine restrictions. Private land is a different deal than the government woods. So long as you are 300 yards or more away from a dwelling, or have permission, you should be ok, assuming safe employment of your firearms. There are some restrictions on firearms.

From the 2010-2011 regs:

Feral Hogs - Feral or wild hogs occur in the wild in every county of
the state. They compete directly with native wildlife species, damage
plants, agricultural crops and threaten public and livestock health. Those
dressing feral hogs should wear rubber gloves and eye protection.
It is illegal to remove a hog from the wild alive unless it is taken pursuant
to a permit issued by the SCDNR at a cost of $50 (50-16-25). All hogs
taken pursuant to a permit must be tagged in each ear with tags provided
by the Department and may only be released onto the same tract of land
or into a permitted hog hunting enclosure within the county where the
hogs were captured. Hogs taken under permit within a county cannot be
transported into or through another county.

There is no closed season on hogs and hogs can be hunted at night
with an artificial light that is carried on the hunter's person attached to
a helmet or hat, or part of a belt system worn by the hunter and with a
sidearm that has iron sites, and barrel length not exceeding nine inches
(50-11-710). The sidearm may not be equipped with a butt-stock, scope,
laser site, or light emitting or light enhancing device. However, hogs may
not be hunted at night from a vehicle, or with a centerfire rifle or shotgun,
unless specifically permitted by the department

Dogs can be used to hunt and bay hogs at night as long as the hunter(s)
complies with the equipment restrictions above.
Hogs cannot be hunted at night on WMA lands but can be hunted during
the day on WMAs where hog hunting is allowed
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