Monday, September 12, 2011

2011 Archery Season for Deer begins Sept. 15

Self-photos of L. Ross on a successful 2010 bowhunt and another more recent photo of him practicing with hand-made Osage Orange selfbow in preparation for bow season.

The upstate bow season in game zone 2 opens on September 15. It will be interesting to see how hunter success rates this season with the continued effect of coyote predation and competition for habitat with wild hogs.

Scouting this season has shown that the range of hogs is increasing in areas formerly void of hog populations. Greenville county now has hogs from the north to the south end of the county.

Animals are very adaptable in spite of difficult circumstances. I live in a suburban area and in the last couple of weeks have seen foxes and deer within a couple of hundred yards of home. In addition, we have seen coyotes nearby.

Due to the population reduction of the deer numbers, proposals by DNR for reduced limits and a tagging system for bucks appears to be on the horizon.

On another subject, the Jocassee Gorges roads will open on September 15 and will be open until until Jan. 15, 2012. They will re-open again from March 20 to May 10, 2012.

In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that 15 of its larger recreation areas will be open for deer hunting in areas near Hartwell Lake. Eleven of these are in South Carolina and four are in Georgia. Acreage in these recreation areas ranges from 19 acres to 410 acres.

Thirteen of these areas can be hunted without special permits, but the 125 acre South Carolina River area and the 410 acre Hartwell Dam Quarry area will require a special permit for hunting. Contact Park Ranger Jess Fleming at the Hartwell Lake Project Office for information and permits at 1-888-893-0678, ext. 335 or 706-856-0335.

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