Hogs, Coyotes Now Legal to Hunt at Night

Hippies are heartbroken and loudly protesting recent changes to the hunting regulations in South Carolina that allows night hunting of feral hogs and coyotes. The new regulations are partly an attempt by lawmakers to get more hunters interested in culling the the burgeoning, and increasingly dangerous, populations of both animals.

Less than a year ago Canadian folk singer Taylor Mitchell was killed by coyotes while hiking Cape Briton Island. A few months ago a series of coyote attacks in a residential Greenville neighborhood put locals on edge. On Butler Road there’s an unfinished office park (where the abandoned Pawleys is located) that is a popular spot for people to pick blackberries, and I have observed coyote tracks there and over the winter while out for an early morning walk saw a coyote running through that area.

Hogs are a growing problem for all of the south, partially because sport hunters were transplanting the fecund creatures to areas to create hunting opportunities. But the feral hog is a destructive, invasive species that breeds several times a year and can easily reach the 500lb range. They can be aggressive, so much so that even mainstream researchers have floated conspiracy theories about “super pigs” with Russian boar genes being bred in the wild.

Feral hogs have historically been vicious animals. Too many in an area will not only destroy the native ecosystem, but will lead to attacks on people. Observe:

The above clip is from the Discover Channel’s excellent (if a bit too credulous) documentary Pig Bomb. Most of it is available on YouTube if you haven’t seen it so check it out.

My only confusion on this is that my understanding of DNR regulations was that night hunting could only been done with .22s and birdshot #4 or smaller. I assume the legislature amended the rules in terms of firearms since neither a coyote nor a boar could be taken humanely with a .22 or some birdshot. Although I’m told coyotes aren’t particularly hard to kill, you should probably use something a little stiffer than a .22 lr to ensure a quick, clean kill.

Of course this is all too little, too late. The problem coyotes are already in the urban areas, and the hogs aren’t far behind. Once they are established within the urban sprawl hunting can’t manage the animals because you simply cannot shoot at them safely.

Armadillos were also put on the list of animals legal to night hunt. I didn’t know we had them.


4 Responses to “Hogs, Coyotes Now Legal to Hunt at Night”

  1. Concerned resident on October 5th, 2010 4:26 pm

    I live in Mauldin and occasionally see 1-3 coyotes running across Pruitt Rd. Also a dead one opposite the Standing Springs exit on 385. The HOA at Planters Row sub-division has also mentioned that there are coyotes in the area through their regular news letter.

  2. Rob Taylor on October 5th, 2010 7:27 pm

    I’ve seen a coyote and multiple coyote tracks near the closed down Pawleys steak house.

  3. Karen Kniffin on October 21st, 2010 4:30 am

    We live on the Greenville/Spartanburg County line between 176 and Hwy 11(at the base of Hogback Mtn) and there is a rather big pack that comes down off Hogback Mountain.They first few years you could hear them far away on the Mtn, but this year they are in the back yard at night. I have not seen them, but having been out west I know what they sound like.There is alot of yipping and howling when they run through the area so I know there are at least 6-8. I no longer let my small dogs go out alone at night and I suspect that we will need to fence our yard. Its scary to think that they are this close to the town of Landrum and I wonder how long it is before they actually make it to town. I am very surprised that hunters who frequent Hogback and the nature area at 11 and 14 have not worked on thinning down the population some.

  4. Rob Taylor on October 21st, 2010 3:36 pm

    I’m not a hunter myself but I’m told coyotes are pretty wiley (no pun intended) and most coyotes harvested in this country were harvested by trappers who would sell the fur. But the fur market bottomed out with the recession and most trappers lose money doing the part time stuff.

    If you have the stomach you could make about $150 on the pack you describe with the furs, but you’ll need to buy traps. Be safe.

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