Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Wednesday marked the start of deer hunting season in many parts of the state.
"It is a big tradition in South Carolina," said Sgt. Ken Simmons with the Department of Natural Resources.
The tradition had people lining up Wednesday afternoon hoping to obtain their hunting license.
With the start of the new season, there is also new interest from younger folks.
"Hunter education is required for anyone born after June 30, 1979 in order to get their hunting license at age sixteen," said Sgt. Karen Swink who teaches the safety classes throughout the year.
Aside from gun safety, tree stand safety is also on their list of concerns. There were 4 fatalities last year alone. While the sport is a tradition for many families, Sgt. Ken Simmons is hoping safety gets passed down from generation to generation.
"Hunt with your parents or legal guardian, someone who is experienced. It is a high powered riffle or shotgun that you hunt with and you can get killed with it".
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