SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says it will give a complimentary lifetime hunting license to the hunter who kills one of 24 tagged coyotes in the state.
The reward is part of the state’s Coyote Harvest Incentive Program.
DNR officials announced Wednesday that 16 tagged coyotes have been released across the state, including eight in the game zone areas encompassing the Upstate.
Sixteen tagged coyotes were also released last year–the first year the program was implemented. Eight have been claimed so far.
To receive the lifetime hunting license, you must save the carcass for verification and contact the DNR. The agency’s number is 803-734-3833.
Coyotes first appeared in the Upstate in 1978 and have since spread to all counties across the Palmetto State, impacting deer and small game populations, according to the DNR.