South Carolinians will now be able to hunt black bears along the coast for the first time since the 1950s.
The state Department of Natural Resources approved a black bear hunting season in three new coastal counties Friday. The State newspaper of Columbia reports the DNR board unanimously approved a two-week season in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties starting Dec. 1.
The agency will approve 10 bear tags for each of the three counties. Hunters who want to participate can enter a drawing. The hunt represents the first black bear season in the area since it was banned in the 1950s. Bear hunting is already allowed on a limited basis in the Upstate.
The agency estimates there are currently about 500 bears on the South Carolina coast.