COLUMBIA -- The state Department of Natural Resources has approved a black bear hunting season in three counties along South Carolina's northern coast.

The State newspaper of Columbia reports that the agency's board on Friday unanimously approved a two-week season in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties starting Dec. 1. The agency will approve 10 bear tags for each of the three counties. Hunters who want to participate can enter a drawing.

The approved hunt represents the first black bear coastal hunting season since it was banned in the 1950s. A limited bear hunt is already allowed in Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties.

Neither hunting dogs nor baiting is allowed.