You can hunt in solitary or with a group of friends or family – it doesn’t matter! Hog hunting is one of America’s longest traditions honored by our history and Americans everywhere today. Whether it’s your first time or you hundredth, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert, you’ve got to remember to practice the sport of hog-hunting in a safe way! Not doing so can make your hunt uneventful and possibly dangerous to yourself and others. So, what do you need to know about hog-hunting in South Carolina?
The prime locations in South Carolina
There are many locations across South Carolina that are great for hog hunting. A study found that the top five counties per square unit in South Carolina for hunting were:
– Sumter (4.51 hogs per square mile)
– Allendale (4.29 hogs per square mile)
– Calhoun (4.27 hogs per square mile)
– Richland (4.03 hogs per square mile)
– Darlington (3.80 hogs per square mile)
So if you want a truly exciting hog hunting experience full of wild boar, then get yourself to one of these counties!
Layin’ down the laws
As is the case with many states in America, there are certain restrictions to hog hunting in South Carolina. For instance, you will need a hunting license before you can even begin to hunt. However, unlike some other states, there is no “closed” season of hunting on private land in the daytime, meaning you’re able to hunt all year round. In terms of night hunting, you may hunt on a registered property on which you may lawfully hunt. You may use legal firearms, bait, night vision, bows and crossbows, and artificial light.
If you’re going to be using your own firearms when hunting hogs, then they will need to be powerful in order to be able to penetrate the hog’s thick coat and skin. Some types that we recommend for hog hunts in South Carolina include a reliable refile (subject to the state’s laws), or a 12-gauge shotgun. In terms of finishing off an injured hog, a .50 or .454 caliber handgun will work just fine – if you want to get up close and dirty with the hog, why not try a good quality hunting knife? These must be around six inches in length and a quarter thick.
As we mentioned before, bait is allowed in South Carolina. Because of this, here’s a quick rundown of some of the best types of bait that you may want to use:
– Nuts and pecans: Wild boar are more than happy to eat nuts whenever they come across them!
– Corn: If you want to use corn, be sure to soak it in beer, water or sugar for a few days before you use it. This’ll attract the hog without attracting any other animals, meaning you can hunt distraction-free!
If you do plan on using bait, put it down a few days before you hunt. That’ll give the hogs time to scope out the area and sniff out where the tasty treats are – meaning you can snuff ’em out!
If South Carolina hog hunting doesn’t do it for you, why not try hog hunting in Georgia instead with Hog Wild USA? Our hunts all come with a guide, weapon rent if you need it, and we can accommodate groups of up to 13 people – fun for the whole family!