MYRTLE BEACH, SC (NEWS RELEASE) - Over 45,000 turkey hunters take to the woods annually in South Carolina with hopes of harvesting a wily gobbler, and the 2014 spring turkey season was no exception, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
The following news release was issued by SCDNR:
South Carolina's spring wild turkey season opens April 1 and closes May 1 in most areas of the state and on all public lands with turkey hunting. The season opens March 15 on private lands in 12 Lowcountry counties in the state. Annually, spring turkey hunters contribute more than $30 million in direct expenditures to South Carolina's economy. Results of the 2014 spring turkey season can be found on the DNR website.
Top counties for total turkey harvest were Williamsburg, Laurens, Berkeley, Union, and Fairfield. However, because counties vary in size, a better method of comparing harvests between counties is the harvest per unit area, for example turkeys harvested per square mile. Using this method top counties were Union, Laurens, Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Greenville.