The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has conducted a study entitled “The Impact of Sport Raccoon Hunting on Deer movement and Deer hunting Success.”
SCDNR did an extensive study and determined that sport hunting raccoons at night had no significant impact on the overall movement of deer, noting that raccoon hunting during the time of sunset to midnight has no apparent affect on the ability of hunters to observe and potentially harvest deer in the same general area during the following day.”
While many deer hunters frown on raccoon hunting during deer season, the science seems to indicate that there is no impact on deer behavior or movement. Hopefully, this information will begin to permeate and allow more and more raccoon hunters to enjoy their sport.
To view the report, visit: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/publications/pdf/raccoonimpact.pdf