Deer season to end in less than a month

The 2011 deer season will close on Sunday, Jan. 1 not Monday Jan. 2.{} The old law that provided for hunting on Saturday when the season opening date fell on Sunday or on Monday when the season closing date fell on Sunday was repealed several years ago by the General Assembly at the request of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).The opening or closing date falling on Sunday, a situation that arose only every seven years, created confusion among hunters and presented problems with dates on printed materials that DNR publishes. This law was a carry-over from a time during which many people did not hunt on Sunday and when Sunday hunting of big game was actually prohibited in certain parts of the state.{}

As it now stands, the season for all species of game will open and close on the date specified by law regardless of whether a Sunday is involved. By law, deer seasons on private land in all parts of the state closes on Jan. 1, therefore, the season this year will close on Sunday, Jan. 1.Hunters on public lands (Wildlife Management Areas) should note that since there is no Sunday hunting on WMA's, the deer season will close on Saturday, Dec. 31.