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    Default New Proposal for Our Turkey Season

    Wild turkey hunting season
    SECTION 2. Section 50-11-580 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
    "Section 50-11-580. (A) The season for hunting and taking a male wild turkey is:
    (1) in Game Zones 1 and 2, April 1 through May 10; and
    (2) in Game Zones 3 and 4, March 22 through April 30.
    (B) The season bag limit for male wild turkeys is three statewide for residents and two statewide for nonresidents. The daily bag limit is one, provided that:
    (1) only one male wild turkey may be taken from April 1 through April 10 from within Game Zones 1 and 2; and
    (2) only one male wild turkey may be taken from March 22 through March 31 from within Game Zones 3 and 4.
    (C) It is unlawful for a person to take a female wild turkey unless authorized by the department pursuant to Section 50-11-500(3).
    (D) The department shall provide an annual report on wild turkey resources in South Carolina to the Chairman of the Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee and the Chairman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee."
    Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend
    SECTION 3. Article 3, Chapter 11, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
    "Section 50-11-590. (A) The Saturday and Sunday preceding the start of a game zone turkey season is declared to be 'Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend' within the game zone for youth turkey hunters under eighteen years of age.
    (B) A license or tag requirement is waived for a youth turkey hunter during Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend.
    (C) The bag limit during Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend is one male wild turkey for the weekend that shall count toward the season bag limit. A turkey harvest must be reported to the electronic harvest reporting system pursuant to the provisions of Section 50-11-546.
    (D) Youth turkey hunters who have not completed the hunter education program pursuant to Section 50-9-310, and who hunt during Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend, must be accompanied by an adult who is at least twenty-one years of age. An adult may not harvest or attempt to harvest turkeys during Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend but is permitted to call turkeys for a youth turkey hunter."
    Resident and nonresident wild turkey tags
    SECTION 4. Section 50-9-920(B) of the 1976 Code is amended by adding a new item to read:
    "(13) resident and nonresident wild turkey tags shall only be used for the following purposes:
    (a) the funding of wild turkey scientific research on public lands and private lands with the consent of landowners;
    (b) the improvement of the wild turkey habitat and hunting opportunities for wild turkeys on public lands;
    (c) wild turkey predator control;
    (d) the enforcement of the wild turkey hunting laws and regulations; and
    (e) the printing and mailing of the wild turkey tags."
    Wild turkey tag fees
    SECTION 5. Article 6, Chapter 9, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
    "Section 50-9-640. (A) For the privilege of hunting wild turkey, in addition to the required hunting license and big game permit, a person must possess a wild turkey tag issued in the person's name. The fee for a:
    (1) resident is five dollars for three tags, one dollar of which may be retained by the license sales vendor; and
    (2) nonresident is one hundred dollars for two tags, one dollar of which may be retained by the license sales vendor.
    (B) There is no cost for wild turkey tags for persons under the age of sixteen, lifetime licensees, and gratis licensees upon request to the department."
    Electronic harvest reporting system
    SECTION 6. Article 3, Chapter 11, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
    "Section 50-11-546. (A) In order to document the harvest of wild turkeys and to assist with the enforcement of seasons, methods of harvest, and bag limits, the department must implement an electronic harvest reporting system.
    (B) A person who harvests a wild turkey must report the harvest to the electronic harvest reporting system as prescribed by the department. A harvest report must be submitted by midnight of the day a wild turkey is taken unless a person is incapable of accessing the reporting system, in which case a report must be submitted prior to the carcass leaving the person's possession.
    (C) Upon completion of the harvest reporting process, a harvest report confirmation number will be provided by the department, which must be recorded by the person submitting the harvest report.
    (D) The department must promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of this section, including the methods of telephonic and electronic reporting, contents of the report, and recording and maintenance of the harvest report confirmation number.
    (E) The department is prohibited from requesting or acquiring the geolocation data of a person submitting a harvest report through electronic means and from requesting a person to self-report location information to the harvest reporting system more specific than the county in which a turkey is harvested.
    (F) There is no cost to a person for reporting a harvest, and the department may exempt the harvest reporting requirement for persons who harvest wild turkeys under specific conditions or department programs.
    (G) A person who violates this section or provisions established by the department for electronic harvest reporting is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than twenty-five dollars."
    Points assigned for failing to report wild turkey harvest
    SECTION 7. Section 50-9-1120(2) of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately lettered item at the end to read:
    "( ) failing to report the harvest of wild turkey as required by Section 50-11-546: 6."
    Repeal
    SECTION 8. Section 50-11-520 of the 1976 Code is repealed.
    Repeal
    SECTION 9. SECTION 7 of Act 41 of 2015 is repealed.
    Time effective
    SECTION 10. (A) SECTIONS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9 take effect on July 1, 2019.
    (B) SECTION 6 of this act takes effect on July 1, 2020.
    (C) SECTION 7 of this act takes effect on July 1, 2021.
    Ratified the 13th day of May, 2019.
    __________________________________________
    President of the Senate
    ___________________________________________
    Speaker of the House of Representatives
    Approved the ____________ day of _____________________2019.
    ___________________________________________
    Governor



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    NR's screwed over again on the ridiculous tag fee difference in price.
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    Yep and quantity reduction.......And now everybody buys(is taxed) tags. Wonder if dnr has ever had a full audit on where every dollar goes....Gov. the greedy monster that takes so much and gives so little. The so called funds for studies(don't they already know) and predator controls are BS.

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    Just to confirm -- is this the "new laws" or is this being voted on later ?? ( sorry ,I'm old and don't cpmprehen like I use too ***)

    by the way,has any word of change to the ""deer tags"" been voted or approved ???

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    May has been awful hot this year. I think these new regs will make turkey hunting a lot less enjoyable. The majority of your season will be from April 11ty on in the upstate since you can only kill one the first 10 days. As few wardens as we have I’m sure a lot of folks will continue to hunt how they always have. I think these new regs are dumb but time will tell if they work or not.

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    The only thing that has to make these legal is the signature of the Gov. which I expect him to do. Don't like them and glad the majority of my turkey hunting is over due to age. It get worse and worse every couple of years.



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    Seems bad laws pass quickly and beneficial laws get stuck in committee, everywhere.
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    I wouldn’t be surprised if in 15-20 years a resident would have to put in to be drawn for one tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater50 View Post
    I wouldn’t be surprised if in 15-20 years a resident would have to put in to be drawn for one tag.
    Before that resident license and tag fees will escalate to at lease the national average maybe higher. Be careful what you ask for cause you gotta feed the beast you have created.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    Before that resident license and tag fees will escalate to at lease the national average maybe higher. Be careful what you ask for cause you gotta feed the beast you have created.
    Only thing I asked for was to leave it the way it is now.

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    I hear you but the only thing constant is change. That don't mean it is change for the good.
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