Editor’s Note: Bruce Brock from Seneca, South Carolina, has been hunting deer and hogs in South Carolina for 35 years with a gun and a bow.
I primarily hunt private land, but this year I plan to hunt public land owned by Clemson University, because it’s only 15 minutes from my house. Clemson University has a tremendous amount of public property that is designated just for bowhunting and has an antler restriction on bucks (https://www.clemson.edu/public/experimental-forest/recreation.html). To harvest a buck on these public lands, the buck has to have 4 points on one side or the inside spread of the main beams has to be more than 12 inches. Since Clemson University has instituted antler restriction, some nice-size bucks have been harvested there.
Clemson owns several plots of land with one of the bigger being Fant’s Grove. Another portion of the Clemson property is called Keowee, and that property is divided by a lake. Some of the property is on one side of the lake, and the rest of the property is on the other side. This land also contains some old U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ campgrounds. When the camps closed down, that property became a part of the Clemson University property. This region homes a lot of small properties perhaps only 75 to 100 acres each. If I can learn where these lands are, I feel confident I can find some good deer hunting on them. At the end of the season, Clemson University holds a 2-week gun season. However, hunters have to go into a drawing, and then if selected, they can hunt that property with a gun for 2 weeks.
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