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Hog hunting expansion bill undergoes slight changes

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Hog hunting expansion bill undergoes slight changes

The aggressive effort to reduce the population of wild hogs and coyotes in South Carolina with a night hunting season was toned down slightly with amendments by a Senate subcommittee on Thursday.
The Fish, Game and Forestry subcommittee still would like hunters to kill as many of the invasive and destructive species as possible, but it doesn’t want the effort to devolve into a Wild West situation.
The amendments to a bill (H.4943) passed by the House would require landowners to at least notify the Department of Natural Resources of plans to hunt hogs, coyotes or armadillos on their property at night during the four-month season. That way DNR officers won’t have to immediately race to respond to every report of after-dark gunfire in the woods or fields, said Sen. Chip Campsen, chair of the subcommittee.

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