SC hunters can seek coyotes, armadillos and hogs at night

Friday, July 9, 2010 1:43 PM
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COLUMBIA — South Carolina hunters can now go after coyotes, armadillos or hogs at night.

A new state law that took effect July 1 allows coyotes, armadillos and hogs to be hunted at night with an artificial light that's attached to a hunter's helmet or hat, or part of a belt system. The ban had been to prevent hunters from taking deer after dark, which remains illegal.

Coyotes, armadillos and hogs may be hunted during the day on private lands without restrictions. Biologists with the state Natural Resources Department say night hunting of coyotes or feral hogs should not significantly alter the population.

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veggie-d 07/09/10 - 02:57 pm
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if it's NOT going to alter

if it's NOT going to alter the population, then this is KILLING just to KILL...

so much for "sportsmens integrity" and "killing only what i intend to eat"...etc...here's PROOF that there's no such thing as ethical hunters...if "ethical hunters" are the majority...then i suppose they will raise enough hell about a law that blatantly supports "killing for fun" ONLY!...

thought that was against any/all ethics as promoted by DNR/etc...

stupid...stupid...stupid...now game wardens in carolina can get shot in the eyeball at night, just like the guy in georgia a few months back....bad idea all the way around...

now it's o.k. for MORE folks to be in the woods at night with guns...and you can BET alcohol WILL be involved in many cases...

hope the coyotes/hogs get some revenge! and the armadillos give the killers leoprosy!

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dwb619 07/09/10 - 04:03 pm
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The three species listed are

The three species listed are all invasive to this area.

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airbud7 07/09/10 - 04:27 pm
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Coyotes kill livestock which

Coyotes kill livestock which in turn raises prices at your local supermarket. Nothing wrong with getting drunk and hunting coyotes.

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Sargebaby 07/09/10 - 05:03 pm
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Veggie, you really don't know

Veggie, you really don't know much about these animals, do you? Here is what I know; Armadillos do carry a germ that can cause leoprosy, but there have been no confirmed cases in decades. Coyotes kill deer, quail, turkey, pets, children, and consume the eggs of any foul that lays on the ground. Feral hogs are overrunning the South, with one of the largest populations right here in Southern Georgia. They destroy land, crops, and have been known to attack people and kill them as well. The latest information on their proliferation shows their numbers spreading North, West, and East at an alarming rate. It's about time someone did something to control all these species before all the damage they cause gets worse!

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dichotomy 07/09/10 - 06:37 pm
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yee-haw. Get the beer cooler

yee-haw. Get the beer cooler and the spotlight. We're going hog hunting.

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nofrills 07/09/10 - 09:47 pm
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I have woods all around me

I have woods all around me and the thought of hunters shooting at night is going to get somebody killed. I am not going to take getting shot at lightly.

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Sargebaby 07/09/10 - 09:55 pm
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Nofrills, no one says it will

Nofrills, no one says it will be completely safe, and we all know there will be accidents, however, if you have "woods" all around you, contact the property owners and have your concerns known. You might request that they post "NO HUNTING" signs to keep hunters away. Then, all you have to worry about are poachers.

That said, how many of these specific animals habitat your area? If I were you, I'd be very concerned about the wild pigs. They breed as fast as rabbits, and are 1000 times more dangerous!

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flipa 07/10/10 - 10:40 am
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The boars that have come here

The boars that have come here from other countries will rip your guts out (half boar half hog) just for stepping out your door if they have babies which about half of them do as they breed like rabbits. You can shoot them or some hunter can shoot them but they need to be shot before they kill somebody. If we shoot them we always cook them unless they are diseased or old which about half are. Coyotes form packs & eat your pets, spread rabies, mange, fleas and are decimating our population of local wildlife so that soon there will ONLY be coyotes, boar-hogs that can run you down at 45 miles an hour, & NASTY armadillos that burrow under foundations causing 10’s of thousands in damages and make fields unlivable for horses or cattle therefore destroying our equine & cattle industries in Aiken & Augusta.

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