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#07-63 March 5, 2007

North Island dogs-only feral hog hunts in March

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is continuing efforts to remove and eliminate destructive feral hogs from North Island in Georgetown County by scheduling three dogs-only hog hunts in March. The hunt is part of an overall hog removal project on the Yawkey Wildlife Center.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will allow three dogs-only hog hunts to take place on North Island on March 10, 17 and 24, from sunrise to sunset. North Island is only accessible after crossing Winyah Bay by boat and contains 1,410 acres of uplands and 1,703 acres of marsh.

No special permits or tags, other than a valid hunting license, are required to participate in the dogs-Feral pigonly hog hunts. Hunters must launch and return with any harvested hogs to the South Island Ferry Landing and must check out after each hunt. DNR staff will be on site to collect pertinent information. Contact the Yawkey Wildlife Center at (843) 546-6814 with any questions on the dogs-only hog hunts at North Island.

“Feral hogs have continued to multiply on the island, causing destruction to the landscape and native plants, jeopardizing the nesting success of ground-nesting birds as well as sea turtle nests scattered along the beaches of this barrier island wilderness area,” said Bob Joyner, DNR wildlife biologist.

Hunters must comply with the following guidelines in order to participate in the North Island dogs only hog hunts:

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