FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

LOW COUNTRY HUNTING LODGE

Frequently asked questions

Where is Low Country Hunting Lodge located?


We are located in Garnett, South Carolina.




How do I book a hunt or check date availability with Low Country Hunting Lodge?


Check out our available date calendar on the website or just give us a call us at 803-942-3800.




What’s included in my hunt?


Your hunt includes

  • Comfortable Lodging
  • Home Cooked meals
  • Linens (towels, washcloths, hand towels)
  • Bedding (pillows, pillowcases, sheets, blankets/comforters)
  • Game Retrieval
  • Transportation to and from the Hunting Locations
  • Stands/Blinds
  • Bait (corn and other attractants)
  • We also have .308 bolt-action rifles equipped with the ATN X-Sight II or ATN X-Sight 4K Pro Day/Night scopes for the hunters to use at $20 per hunter on our afternoon/night hog hunts or our combo whitetail deer & hog hunts.




Are the hunting license, big game permit and deer tags included?


Unfortunately, we cannot provide these. All hunting licenses, big game permits and deer tags are purchased online through the SCDNR at www.dnr.sc.gov.




Do you offer game processing?


We do not offer game processing. LCHL Staff only provides Field Dressing, Skinning and Quartering of the animals. Field Dressing, Skinning and Quartering by LCHL Staff

  • Whitetail Deer - $35 per animal​​​
  • Wild Hogs - $35 per animal​​​​​
  • Hunters must provide their own ice for their coolers.




When do you offer hog hunts and whitetail deer hunts?


Afternoon-Night Hog Hunts / Year Round Combo Whitetail Deer and Hog Hunts / August 15th thru January 1st.




Can you hunt on Sunday?


Yes we can! Per the SCDNR Sunday hunting is allowed on private lands.




Are there trophy fees or size restrictions on hogs or whitetail deer?


We do not have any trophy fees on hogs or deer, but require all bucks to be 6-points or better and 12" outside spread. With that being said, the SCDNR does have additional size restrictions on certain whitetail deer tags. Please check with the SCDNR prior to buying your whitetail deer tags.




Do you bait for wild hogs and whitetail deer?


Yes! We put corn along with other attactants out for both the wild hogs and whitetail deer everyday of the year, multiple times per day. We use drop feeders mounted to our trucks, free standing tripod feeders and also hand pour.




What types of stands or blinds do you use?


For our hunts we use a mix of 3’ to 5’ elevated box blinds, 17’ ladder stands, 15’ tower stands and 20' tower stands. All box blinds and tower stands have comfortable office chairs in them.




What is the average shot distance?


Our rifle stands are 75 to 150 yards from the feeders or bait piles and our bow stands are 25 to 40 yards from the bait piles.




What type caliber of rifle do you recommend?


We recommend .243 and above for hogs and whitetail deer. When using any caliber below that the animal recovery rate is very low.




What kind of optics should I bring?


Binoculars and Good Scope on your rifle. What we mean by a good scope is one that is great in low light conditions. There are a few reasons for this: 1) Wild hogs are mostly nocturnal and generally move at last light right before it gets totally dark. 2) They’re low to the ground and dark in color which makes them difficult to see and hit in the low light conditions. 3) When you are having trouble seeing at that last light of the day, a good scope can usually squeeze out another 10 to 15 minutes of shooting time.




Is orange required while hunting?


No it is not. Per the SCDNR orange is not required when hunting on private lands.




Why is my deposit non-refundable?


Once you have paid your deposit to reserve the hunt dates LCHL can no longer offer those specific hunt dates to other hunters that call. Basically, LCHL is turning away other paying customers that are wanting your dates. So, when you decide cancel your hunt or not show up for your hunt. LCHL not only loses out on the rest of the money that you still owed for your hunt, but we also lost the other potential paying customers that we turned away that wanted your dates. Thus, keeping your deposit helps LCHL recover a small portion of the loss we incurred due to you cancelling your hunt or not showing up for your hunt.




What is your success rate?


We get this question a lot, and truly understand that hunters want to know how likely they will be to harvest game while hunting with us. However, hunters also must understand that our success rates are dependent on which opportunities hunters take and how well they shoot during those opportunities since buck/boar fever often impede hunters ability to shoot well. So to give hunters a better idea of how successful they should be while with us, we use “opportunity rate” instead. An opportunity is when our hunter sees game during their hunt that they COULD have shot; this may be a buck, doe or hog during a combo hunt or a hog during our afternoon/night hunt. It does not matter whether a shot is taken or not since the opportunity to do so was available nor does it matter how big the buck or boar was since we don’t guarantee any animal or the size of them since we are a 100% free range/fair chase outfitter. So now that we have explained the difference, we will address both. Our Opportunity rate on all hunts varies from hunt to hunt since we cannot control what the animals do, the weather or what the hunter does while on stand to affect his or her hunt! Our hunters almost always see something that they are allowed to shoot during a 3 day hunt. And since we are a hunting lodge (not an outdoor bed and breakfast), we take great pride in providing those opportunities to the hunter. But please keep in mind not every hunt is a successful hunt. We do everything we can to put hunters in the best possible position to harvest an animal, but it is still hunting and sometimes the animals just don't move. As for our current 2020 success rates ( HUNTERS HITTING WHAT THEY SHOOT AT), our hunters are at currently hitting 43.37% of the hogs they shoot at during the afternoon-night hog hunts. During the 2020 deer season our hunters were hitting 44.62% of the deer they shot at and 50% of hogs they shot at during the daytime combo deer and hog hunts. With that being said, hunters usually shoot slightly better on deer since they are taller animals and move often during good daylight hours. However hunters typically shoot slightly worse on hogs during the Fall hunts due to the pigs being dark colored, moving very close to dark and against a dark background; hogs also usually don’t stand still at all, making them tougher to hit in a vital area. However, usually our success rate goes way up on pigs during our afternoon/night hunts due to the fact that the hogs usually are easier to hit since they settle down more after dark when they feed, making them easier to hit properly. Plus, the hunters are using LCHL's rifles and not their own rifles that are usually not sighted properly.




What’s the biggest difference between hunting whitetail deer and wild hogs?


While we hunt deer and hogs out of the same stands, they are two very different animals to shoot properly as well as to recover. Whitetail deer tend to move earlier in the afternoon making them easier to see, have a large kill zone and also tend to stand still while eating, making it easier for the hunter to get off a quality shot at them. The deer also tend to not run very far before bedding up after being shot properly along with usually bleeding a lot, making them easier to find. However, wild hogs tend to be darker colored, shorter in stature and move later (or after dark), making them harder to see against a dark wood line. All of this combined with the fact that hogs almost never stop moving while eating and have a much smaller kill zone makes them a much tougher animal to shoot properly. Then, following any shot that doesn’t anchor the hogs on the spot, our hogs retreat back in to the absolute thickest cover they can find (usually briers). Finding them in this super thick cover is further compounded by the fact that hogs have very thick hides that seal up the bullet wound, keeping them from bleeding much or if any at all! So there is usually very little or no blood at all to assist in finding them in that cover.




Harvest Limit


1. How many deer can I shoot during a Daytime Combo Deer & Hog Hunt?

- 1 Deer, 1 Hog per day

- 1 animal on the morning hunt

- 1 animal on the afternoon hunt

- Only 1 Buck per hunt

- Bucks must have a minimum of 6-points and 14-inch spread.

2. How many hogs can I shoot during a Afternoon-Night Hog Hunt?

- 1 Hog per day

Note:

The hunter will be charged $500 if they pull the trigger on a second hog. It does not matter if the shot is a kill, missed shot or the hog is wounded but non-recoverable. The attempt by the hunter to harvest the animal was made.




How many hunters can you accomodate?


Combo Hunt - 2 to 3 hunters Afternoon-Night Hog Hunt - 2 to 7 hunters




Do you have a washer and dryer at the lodge?


We do not have a washer and dryer for hunter use. We ask that you bring the appropriate amount of hunting clothes for the duration of your hunt.




What is a normal tip for guides and lodge staff?


The standard tip in the outfitting industry runs anywhere from 10% to 20% of the hunt cost. The 10% to 20% tip is generally shared between all the staff members that worked during the time of your hunt.

  • Tipping is not a requirement but does show the staff you appreciated their hard work in making your hunt enjoyable and is always greatly appreciated.

On the other hand, if you feel that the service provided was not as expected, please don’t leave without letting us know.




Can I bring my handgun?


For safety reasons we do not allow hunters to carry handguns on their person or in their hunting bag while hunting or during the animal recovery.




Do you have a wounded animal or missed shot policy?


Yes, we do have a wounded animals/missed shots policy for each type of hunt we offer. This policy is in place for the protection of our game animals, the management of our properties and to insure that all of our hunters make ACCURATE, CLEAN, ETHICAL kill shots during their hunt.​ Each hunter will be allowed one wounded animal during their hunt. If the hunter has a second wounded animal it will be at the sole discretion of LCHL on whether that clients hunt will continue or that clients hunt will be terminated. This also goes for any hunter not informing us of a shot taken, a shot missed or a possibly wounded or dead animal. 1) This has drastically reduced the number of missed shots and wounded animals. 2) This also eliminates the confusion of multiple wounded animals and blood trails in the same area. 3) Most importantly this helps keep the properties and stand locations productive by not blowing them up and ruining them for the remainder of your hunt and any future hunts.​​​ NOTE: We expect all hunters to be proficient at shooting! Every hunter should be able to make accurate, clean and ethical shots on animals from 10 yards to 150 yards when using a scoped rifle or crossbow that is resting on a stand shooting rail or one of our tripod gun rests.




Can I bring a non-hunter?


Yes, you can certainly bring a non-hunter. You will need to schedule that when booking the hunt.

  • Non-Hunters are same price as the hunter.

  • All Non-Hunters under the age of 18 are required to accompany the hunter in the field during the hunt.

  • If the Non-Hunter under the age of 18 does not want to go to the field for that morning or afternoon hunt the hunter must remain at the lodge with them.




Does my son/daughter require a hunting license, big game permit or tags?


Youth Hunters under the age of 16 years! 1. No Hunting License is required. 2. No Big Game Permit is required. 3. Deer Tags are required.

  • Non-Resident Youth receive base set of deer tags for free by request.
  • They may also purschase additional tags: one antler restriction buck tag ($50) and up to 4 individual antlerless tags ($10 each).
  • To request free base set of deer tags call 803-734-3833 or go online to http://dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html




Do you take individual hunters?


If we have an available spot with another group of hunters, but their choice of dates will be limited to what remaining spot we have available with the other group of hunters that have already booked a hunt. If we don't have a spot availabile with another group, we can put that individual hunter on a call list to be notified when a spot becomes available. Please understand this doesn't happen that often.




How far in advance should I book my hunt?


LCHL only takes a limited number of hunters per week/weekend and spots fill up rather quickly. We recommend booking your hunt as far in advance as possible. With that being said, we can sometimes fit 2 or 3 hunters in on short notice due to a hunt being rescheduled or a hunt cancellation.




Can I shoot coyotes, foxes or bobcats while on a hunt?


No, you cannot shoot foxes or bobcats during your hunt! Yes, you can shoot coyotes during your hunt, but we do not allow calling in the properties.




Is this a guaranteed hunt?


No, we are a 100% fair chase hunting operation and not a fenced operation. We can't control the animals, the weather or how the hunters shoot.




Breaking a Game Laws while at LCHL?


We hope this doesn't happen to any of our hunters and really don't want to do it. But, if you violate any SCDNR game laws or federal game laws while hunting here at LCHL. We will immediately notify South Carolina DNR and you’re subject to prosecution at your own expense. LCHL will also immediately terminate your hunt without refunding any paid fees and you will be asked to leave. NO EXCEPTIONS!




Hunting Hogs


If you are interested in hunting just hogs. Please do not book a Daytime Combo Whitetail Deer & Hog Hunt and expect to just hunt hogs. This hunt is a daytime only hunt and hogs are nocturnal by nature. They do not move very often during daylight hours. So, please book an Afternoon-Night Hog Hunt if you are interested in hunting just hogs.




Hunters under the age of 18 years old.


If the hunter under the age of 18 does not want to go to the field for that morning or afternoon hunt the adult hunter must remain at the lodge with them. No exceptions will be made to this rule!





Call now to book your Hunt

(803)-942-3800

Low Country Hunting Lodge

Garnett, South Carolina

Phone: 803-942-3800

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