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    Default New laws for 2013-2014 seasons

    Just to make things a bit easier for everyone...

    What's New for 2013 - 2014 Rules and Regulations

    The information contained in this brochure is provided as summary information. The specific laws governing Fish, Wildlife and Boating may be found in Title 50 SC Code.

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    What’s New Hunting

    S.91 - Deletes the prohibition on baiting deer in Game Zones 1 and 2.
    Effective Date 03/01/13
    Sponsor: Sen. Gregory – Act No. 2

    This Act makes it legal to bait for deer in Game Zones 1 and 2.

    S.165 - Sets the hunting season of alligators (Private Lands Program) from September 1st thru May 31st.
    Effective Date 03/01/13
    Sponsor: Sens. Campsen & Grooms – Act No. 3

    This Act allows a landowner or lessee who has been permitted to participate in the Private Lands Alligator Program to take alligators from September 1st through May 31st.

    S.551 - Designates open season for antlered deer in Game Zone 1 with archery equipment and firearms.
    Effective Date 06/13/13
    Sponsor: Sen. Corbin – Act No. 70

    This Act sets the open season for the hunting and taking of antlered deer with archery equipment and firearms in Game Zone 1 from October 11 through January 1.

    S.584 - 365 Day Hunting & Fishing Licenses and other changes relating to hunting and fishing licenses.
    Effective Date 07/01/13
    Sponsor: Sen. Campsen & Rankin – Act No. 94

    Residency requirement for military members stationed in SC and their dependents changes from 60 to 30 days for resident privileges.

    3 Year licenses: residency requirement changes from 60 to 30 days, the same as an annual license. Additional licenses and permits can be purchased as needed
    Apprentice Hunting License: a licensee who completes a hunter education course before his apprentice license expires can use his license as a state hunting license. Licensee must carry his hunter education certificate with him. Licensee can also buy any other permits, stamps and tags required to hunt with the apprentice license.
    Discontinue issuing the County Hunting License.
    Discontinue issuing the Lakes and Reservoirs Permit.
    Temporary nonresident freshwater fishing license increases from 7 to 14 consecutive day’s duration. This is consistent with all other temporary fishing licenses.
    Disabled veterans who are residents and receiving disability benefits from the US Veterans Administration are eligible to apply for a 3 year disability license at no cost.
    Disability license holders who are at least 65 years of age are no longer required to provide a disability benefit statement when they renew a disability license. Proof of SC residency is still required.
    Effective January 1, 2014

    The department will begin issuing annual recreational saltwater fishing licenses that expire on the anniversary date of issue instead of June 30, 2014. This is commonly referred to as a 365 day license. Also, 3 Year recreational saltwater fishing licenses will expire on the third anniversary date of issue instead of June 30, 2016.

    Additional license types will be included in the 365 license program in the future.

    H.3762 - Revises the penalty structure for the hunting of deer or bear at night.
    Effective Date 06/07/13
    Sponsor: Reps. Ott, Skelton, Hardwick– Act No. 54

    This Act revises the penalty structure for the hunting of deer or bear at night. Every vehicle, boat, trailer, other means of conveyance, animal, firearm, or device used in the hunting of deer or bear at night is forfeited to the State and must be seized by any peace officer who shall forthwith deliver it to the department.

    If an individual is apprehended for a first offense and the device is of greater value than two thousand five hundred dollars, the owner may at any time before sale redeem it by paying to the department the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars. When the device is of lesser value than two thousand five hundred dollars, the owner may at any time before sale redeem it by paying to the department the retail market value.

    If an individual is apprehended for a second offense and the device is of greater value than five thousand dollars, the owner may, at any time before sale, redeem it by paying to the department the sum of five thousand dollars. When the device is of lesser value than five thousand dollars, the owner may, at any time before sale, redeem it by paying to the department the retail market value.

    If an individual is apprehended for a third or subsequent offense, the device must be forfeited to the State.

    What's New Freshwater Fishing

    S.304 - Chapter 13 Freshwater Update legislation with trout changes in the lower reach of the Saluda River.
    Effective Date 03/22/13
    Sponsor: Sen. Shealy, Cromer & Campsen – Act No. 6

    This Act makes the following changes: On the lower reach of the Saluda River, only one trout out of the five possessed may be more than sixteen inches in total length. The size restriction on the small mouth bass in the Savannah Drainage System is removed, making SC’s regulations consistent with GA's. A commercial trotline which uses fifty or fewer hooks must be marked at intervals of twentyfive hooks. Fishermen may use one to fifty set hooks in those waters where set hooks are allowed. The requirement to mark non-game fish devices has changed to allow devices to be marked with only a white float. It is no longer necessary to use a yellow marker after the 15th of the month. Except for bream (other than redbreast), no other game fish is allowed to be used as bait, provided, trout are allowed to be used as bait only on Lakes Hartwell, Russell, Thurmond, Tugaloo, Yonah, Stevens Creek Reservoir, and the Savannah River.

    H.3571 Revise the size of hooks that may be used to fish along certain rivers.
    Effective Date 04/23/13
    Sponsor: Rep. Barfield and Hardee – Act No. 16

    The Act makes the following changes: On the Black, Edisto, Great Pee Dee (including the navigable oxbows and sloughs), Little Pee Dee (including the navigable oxbows and sloughs), Lumber, Lynches (including Clarks, Mill, and Muddy Creeks), Sampit, and Waccamaw Rivers, live nongame fish and live bream may be used on a trotline having not more than twenty hooks and single-barbed set hooks where the hooks have a shank-to-point gap of fifteen-sixteenths inches or greater.

    H.3579 - Reduces the minimum distance required between Gill nets placed on the little Pee Dee river upstream of Punch Bowl Landing.
    Effective Date 04/23/13
    Sponsor: Rep. Barfield – Act No. 17

    The Act makes the following changes: Along the Little Pee Dee River upstream of Punch Bowl Landing, no net may be set within seventy- five feet of a gill net previously set, drifted within seventy-five feet of another drifting net, or placed or set within seventy-five feet of the confluence of a tributary.

    What's New Saltwater Fishing

    S.305 - Chapter 5 Marine Resources Division clean up legislation.
    Effective Date 03/22/13
    Sponsor: Sen. Campsen – Act No. 7

    With the passage of this Act: Shrimp trawling lines adjusted to fit current geographical features. Commercial bait fisherman will no longer be required to annually buy, change out and re-number new marker floats. DNR will now be able to issue a permanent number that will eliminate these annual task and expenses to the fisherman. It will now be legal to possess cast off or molted horseshoe crab shells without a permit. This specifically re-enforces that for fish identified in Chapter 5, bag and size limits apply to all waters of the state, not just salt waters. This act also clarifies that only wholesale dealers must retain records not retailers.

    S.590 - Tarpon catch and size.
    Effective Date 06/13/13
    Sponsor: Sen. Campsen– Act No. 72

    This Act makes it unlawful for a person to take or possess more than one tarpon in any one day or a tarpon of less than seventy-seven inches in fork length. Fork length means the length of a fish laid flat and measured from the tip of the closed mouth (snout) to the center of the fork of the tail. It is a straight line measure, not over the curvature of the body.

    H.3047 - Makes it unlawful to gig for flounder in salt waters during daylight hours, defines "daylight hours", and to provide that gigging does not include underwater spear fishing.
    Effective Date 04/23/13
    Sponsor: Rep. Barfield and Hardee – Act No. 14

    This Act provides that it is unlawful for a person to gig for flounder in the salt waters of this State during daylight hours. For the purposes of this law, ‘daylight hours’ means that period of time between official sunrise and official sunset. Any person violating the provisions of this section, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days. For the purposes of this section, gigging does not include underwater spear fishing.

    H.3735 - Black sea bass (Centropristis striata) catch and size limit, and to provide that there is no closed season on the catching of black sea bass (Centropristis striata).
    Effective Date 06/13/13
    Sponsor: Reps. Goldfinch, Hardwick, H.A. Crawford– Act No. 83

    This Act sets the Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) lawful catch limit at five fish per person per day or the same as the federal limit for Black Sea Bass, whichever is higher. The lawful minimum size is thirteen inches total length. Additionally, there is no closed season on the catching of Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata).

    The 2013-2014 Laws and Regulations (file size 15MB) are provided in the Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) format. Adobe® Reader® is required to open this file and is available as a free download from the Adobe® Web site.

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    Thank you Morgan.
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    Has anyone seen the new R&R booklets at Walley World yet......
    "Heaven, and there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 280 Man View Post
    Has anyone seen the new R&R booklets at Walley World yet......
    I have tried Dicks, Wally World, Academy and a few other smaller places that sell licenses and NO hard copies.

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