SCDNR – The 2011 turkey season opened statewide on April 1. Turkey tags are free and can be ordered online at: www.dnr.sc.gov/turkeytags. For a list of businesses that have over the counter turkey tags see visit the S.C. Department of Natural Resources website: www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/pdf/2011turkeyregs.pdf.
All hunters, including hunters under the age of 16, must possess a set of turkey tags in order to legally hunt turkeys. Hunters 16 and older must also possess a hunting license and big game permit. Hunters may not possess more than one set of turkey tags and all harvested birds must be tagged prior to being moved from the point of kill.
Hunters should remember to specifically request their turkey tags each year when they get their hunting license. Hunters who purchase their license over the counter should order the tags at the license vendor. Hunters who renew their license by mail should check the “Turkey Tags” box on their license renewal form. Tags are mailed to hunters in late February prior to the turkey season each year.
An estimated 50,000 hunters will take to the woods during the upcoming spring turkey season, generating an estimated $30 million in direct expenditures for South Carolina’s economy. The 2011 wild turkey season runs April 1 through May 1 for all Wildlife Management Areas where turkey hunting is allowed and on private lands in 34 counties that make up Game Zones 1-5. The season opened March 15 and runs through May 1 on private lands only in Game Zone 6: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg counties.
For more information on wild turkeys including how to order turkey tags online, the 2011 Turkey Regulations, the 2010 Summer Turkey Brood Survey or the results from the 2010 spring gobbler season, visit the DNR online at www.dnr.sc.gov.