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Antler Measuring Sessions Set Across South Carolina

Febuary 24, 2022

Camo-dressed person measuring antlers

SCDNR staff will score deer antlers during sessions scheduled across South Carolina. (SCDNR photo by Danielle Kent)

The search for the new state deer antler record is underway as the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) gears up for their annual series of measuring sessions.

Each winter SCDNR measures deer antlers throughout the state, with a major effort during the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic scheduled for March 25-27 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. A total of 7,691 sets of white-tailed deer antlers, including 7,378 typical racks and 313 nontypical, are currently ranked on South Carolina's all-time antler records list. Minimum scores for state record listing are 125 points for typical antlers and 145 points for nontypical antlers. Measurements are based on the Boone and Crockett system.

The objectives of the state records list are to recognize outstanding animals and to identify areas that produce quality deer. This information allows biologists to take a closer look at habitat and deer herd conditions in order to make future management recommendations.

Although record deer have been recorded from all counties, Aiken, Anderson, and Orangeburg counties have produced the greatest numbers in the past three to four years. Generally, larger deer are more abundant in areas that have fewer deer, as compared to parts of the state with high deer numbers. In spite of issues related to COVID-19 decreased measuring activities the last two years, 222 new records were added into the South Carolina records list.

Hunters must provide necessary documentation, such as the date and county of the kill, and sign a "fair chase" statement when they bring in a set of antlers for measuring. Antlers in velvet or those that are broken and repaired, or antlers separated from the skull plate cannot be officially measured for the state records list. If the lower jawbone of the animal was extracted during taxidermy or otherwise saved, it should be brought to the measuring session so biologists can determine the deer's age. An accurate weight measurement at the time of the kill is also helpful.

For additional information on the Antler Records Program visit the SCDNR website.

2022 Antler Measuring Sessions

Date Time Location Telephone
Friday, February 25 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sumter, Simpson’s Hardware, 40 W. Wesmark Blvd. 803-773-3397
Tuesday, March 1 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Pickens, Durham’s Grocery, 3210 Walhalla Hwy. 864-868-2070
Thursday, March 3 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Piedmont, Saluda River Archery, 3318 Highway 153 864-385-4117
Friday, March 4 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Warrenville, Wilson’s Taxidermy, 154 Victory Lane 803-593-3357
Tuesday, March 8 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Pauline, Carolina Farm and Wildlife Supply, 2640 Highway 56 864-585-0935
Thursday, March 10 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. GreenwoodHunter’s Headquarters, 1845 Calhoun Rd. 864-223-1911
Friday, March 11 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Gilbert, Price’s Country Store, 540 Peach Festival Rd. 803-892-2457
Wednesday, March 16 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Bonneau, Dennis Wildlife Center, 305 Black Oak Rd. Please call ahead
Friday, March 25 noon - 8:00 p.m. Columbia, Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, State Fairgrounds 803-734-3886
Saturday, March 26 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Columbia, Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, State Fairgrounds 803-734-3886
Sunday, March 27 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Columbia, Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, State Fairgrounds 803-734-3886
By appointment only during March Camden, At SCDNR Office, 632 West Dekalb St. Room 211 843-309-5165
By appointment only during March Clemson, At SCDNR Office, 311 Natural Resources Dr. 864-986-6247
By appointment only any time of year Columbia, At SCDNR office, 1000 Assembly St. 803-734-8738
By appointment only during March Florence, At SCDNR office, 295 S. Evander Dr. 843-661-4768
By appointment only anytime of year Garnett, At SCDNR office, 1282 Webb Ave. 803-625-3569
By appointment only during March Georgetown, At SCDNR office, 420 Dirleton Rd. 843-546-8119
By appointment only anytime of year Union, At SCDNR Office, 124 Wildlife Dr. 864-427-5140