South Carolina is a hot spot for hunting with an earlier hunting season and bigger deer population than the Tar Heel state. However, the state is limiting access to those hoping to shoot a buck because of recent flooding.
Hunting is much more than a sport for Rick Moody. It's a religious experience.
"It's kind of like a second church. You get to spend time with family and get to go out and everything is quiet. There are no cell phones or people calling your name," said Moody.
He's been hunting in North Carolina, Georgia, but he says hunting in South Carolina is special.
"Deer population in South Carolina is much higher than it is here in North Carolina, especially in surrounding counties. We would go down and hunt with family on wildlife managed areas and have a higher possibility of seeing deer," said Moody.
But due to the tremendous flooding in some parts of South Carolina, the Department of Natural Resources – also known as DNR - has closed hunting in some south-eastern counties.
"I think the biggest reason they closed it is hunter safety. Most of those wildlife management areas are in low-lying areas. Half of it is probably flooded. The other part of it is the wildlife would have to go to high ground. It wouldn't be a hard thing to kill a lot of animals you wouldn't normally see," said Moody.
But not everyone's happy with the state's decision. On DNR’s Facebook page, some left comments like these:
"It is an unfair policy if you ask me. If it is closed, then all of the state should be closed."
"Can we have two extra weeks after the season is supposed to close??”
But Moody says it's the people who need to hunt to survive who are really feeling it.
"People who were in the flood, if they lost the things they put in the freezer from last year, they'll have to restock their freezers to get through the winter and get them back to spring and summer again," said Moody.
The restrictions are set to be lifted this week. The temporary hunting closure only applies to a handful of South Carolina counties. Click here for the complete list. It includes all game species except for alligator, doves, hogs and coyotes.