Coastal black bear season applications available

Applications for the coastal black bear season in Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties are now available online, by stopping by any regional South Carolina Department of Natural Resources office or by calling (803) 734-3886.

Deadline for application is Nov


2. Ten tags will be issued for each county, chosen by a computer drawing.

The coastal black bear season is set for Dec


1-15, 2012.

The non


refundable application fee is $10.

Those selected will have to buy a tag at a cost of $25 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. The tag will only be valid for one of the three counties, so applicants should rank the counties in order of preference.

Selected hunters will be allowed to hunt on Wildlife Management Areas in the county selected, but must have a valid Wildlife Management Area permit. Bears may be taken on private lands as long as the hunter has the permission of the landowner or person holding the hunting lease.