Another reason to love South Carolina

Posted Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Humor?, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

Yesterday one of the emails from the South Carolina Judicial Department noted a CDR (Criminal Docket Report) code had been added for the offense of  “Illegal night hunting of coyotes and armadillos,” otherwise known as S.C. Code §50-11-0710(A)(3).  This subsection reads:

[C]oyotes and armadillos may be hunted at night with an artificial light that is carried on the hunter’s person attached to a helmet or hat, or part of a belt system worn by the hunter. Coyotes and armadillos may be hunted with a rifle or sidearm no larger than .22 caliber rimfire, a shotgun with a shot size no larger than a BB, or a sidearm of any caliber that has iron sites and a barrel length not exceeding nine inches. Any weapon used to hunt coyotes or armadillos may not be equipped with a butt-stock, scope, laser site, or light emitting or light enhancing device. It is unlawful to have in one’s possession any shot size larger than a BB while legally hunting coyotes and armadillos at night with a shotgun, and coyotes and armadillos may not be hunted at night from a vehicle, unless specifically permitted by the department. A person who violates this item is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both.

Prior to receiving that email, I was unaware our state was having issues with “illegal night hunting of coyotes and armadillos.”  However, I am impressed that someone in our state recognized this problem and obviously put a great deal of thought in the proper and improper ways to hunt coyotes and armadillos at night.

Myriad interesting issues are raised by this statute subsection: Was anyone aware there was “legal” night hunting of these animals?  Why did we need a separate statute to deal with nighttime and day time hunting? Why lump coyotes and armadillos together in one statute?

It’s as though some redneck genius–no pejorative connotation intended–spent days cogitating on the proper way to regulate the hunting of one particular canine species and something that looks like a mammalian pill bug. I would love to take the author of this new statute to some dive bar and have him or her explain the meaning of life to me. I’m sure it would be fascinating.

So let folks from other, more cosmopolitan, places spend their days contemplating the proper way to design a health care system or banking system.  Here folks spend their time thinking about the proper ammunition size and whether one should be allowed to use laser sites for hunting armadillos at night.  I’m no hunter but I’m certain that night time armadillo hunting is a whole lot more fun than determining proper medicare reimbursement rates for colonoscopies.

…And if there’s one thing I know about South Carolinians after nineteen years of living here, they sure love to have their fun.

6 thoughts on Another reason to love South Carolina

  1. MJ Goodwin says:

    Let me start by saying that “it’s a great day in South Carolina.” Now, having said that, I must say that coyotes are a problem in some rural areas of the state. But we don’t “hunt” them. We shoot them dead when they come in the yard and threaten our pets or livestock. We have not had as much of a problem with them now that we have two stallions. A stallion can easily stomp a coyote to death. You should come and visit. We’ll call the pack near the farm and you can hear them yipping and “laughing” in the woods. It is really creepy. As for the armadillo, we’ve only seen one of those and it was dead in the road. I don’t think any gun was involved.

    As for the CDR code, it amazes me that I am continually bombarded with emails updating them. We also seem to get alot of updates on court forms. Is there someone in Columbia whose sole responsibility it is to update these things? That bugs me more than the coyotes in the woods and how I can or cannot kill them.

    Remember, it’s a great day in South Carolina.

  2. California Observer says:

    In San Francisco, plastic shopping bags are illegal.

    1. Then how are folks supposed to get their dead armadillos home?

  3. Van says:

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will take the laser sight off my sling shot before I go armadillo hunting downtown on King St.

    1. You only need to take your laser site off if you’re hunting at night.

  4. MJ Goodwin says:

    My husband advises me that this code section is likely DNR’s response to poachers who are illegally hunting deer at night, otherwise known as “spotlighting”, but who claimed to be hunting coyote, which was not illegal to do at night. Chris says you can’t kill a coyote with a .22 calibre bullet. Ya’ll come see us!

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