South Carolina Woodcock Wing Survey (1982-85)

The 1982-85 South Carolina woodcock (Scolopax minor) wing survey yielded 683 wings with varying amounts of information on date and county of collection, type of hunting being done, and habitat where the bird was found. Age and sex information was obtained from the U.S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service on another 176 woodcock harvested in South Carolina as well as the total harvest in the eastern region for the 1982-85 period. The 1982-85 South Carolina harvests were composed of 19.7% adult males, 29.8% adult females, 23.5% immature males, and 27.0% immature females. Age and sex characteristics of the woodcock harvest in South Carolina were similar to those for the entire eastern region although significant differences were found between the Coastal Plain and Piedmont regions within the state. Apparently, about 24% of the South Carolina woodcock harvest occurs in the first 20 days of the season and about 37% occurs in the last 20 days. These data give insight for predicting the consequences of reducing the woodcock season length from 65 to 45 days.

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