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Game Zone 3 WMAs Only

Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

  • Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Lexington, Orangeburg & Richland counties.
  • All deer must be tagged with a valid deer tag as prescribed by the department before the animal is moved from the point of kill. Tag must remain attached until the deer/carcass is quartered or received by a processor.
  • Statewide WMA limit for deer is two deer per day, 5 deer total, no more than two antlered deer, unless otherwise specified. Antlerless deer limit is two deer per day, unless otherwise specified. All antlerless deer must be tagged with either a date specific antlerless deer tag or an individual anterless deer tag.
  • During archery-only or primitive weapons seasons resident archery hunters may use any of the date specific tags issued to them to tag an antlerless deer on any day provided that the archery notation and actual date of kill is validated on the tag as prescribed by SCDNR
  • Individual antlerless deer tags are valid on WMA lands in Game Zone 3 starting September 15. For all WMAs combined in Game Zone 2-4, a maximum of 2 individual antlerless deer tags may be used. Individual antlerless deer tags not valid on deer hunts with dogs.
  • Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during all hunts. No hog hunting with dogs except during special hog hunts with dogs.

SCDNR Offices

Wildlife Offices

1000 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC, 803-734-3886

305 Black Oak Road, Bonneau, SC, 843-825-3387

585 Donnelley Drive, Highway 17, Green Pond, SC, 843-844-8957

Webb Center, 1282 Webb Avenue, Garnett SC, 803-625-3569

P. O. Box 23, New Ellenton, SC, 803-725-3663

Francis Marion Hunt Unit, 843-825­-3387

Dungannon HP WMA, 843-844-8957

Law Enforcement Offices

2762 Wildlife Lane, West Columbia, SC, 803-755-1822

217 Ft. Johnson Road, Charleston, SC, 843-953-9307

Area/Methods

Seasons

Limits

Other WMAs

Youth Deer Hunt Day Jan. 5 (see SCDNR Youth & Mobility Impaired Hunts for WMAs)

2 deer total

Deer Archery Sept. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

All Deer Must Be Tagged

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 1-Jan. 1
Small Game Refer to WMA seasons in chart on Small Game Regulations.

Named WMAs

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve WMA Aiken County
Deer Archery Sept. 15-29

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 1-Jan. 1
  • No buckshot or dogs allowed.
  • All reptiles and amphibians are protected.
Small Game Nov. 22-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Statewide Limits

Bear Island WMA Colleton County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Data/use cards are required for hunters, fishermen, and all other WMA users. Completed cards must be returned daily upon leaving the WMA.
  • Antlered deer must have at least 4 points on one side or a minimum 12″ inside antler spread.
  • All hunters must sign in and out at the Bear Island check station
  • Hunting in designated areas only.
  • Campground closes Nov. 2
Archery Oct. 1-10

Statewide WMA Limits

Gun Hunts (rifles only) Still gun hunts by drawing only. See WMA Public Draw Hunts on WMA Regulations.
Hog Hunts (with Dogs) Mar. 7-9

Refer to Reg. 2.16 on WMA Regulations

Gate opens at 5:00 AM

No Limit

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Feb. 8 – Mar. 1 No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Waterfowl Waterfowl hunts by drawing only. See WMA Public Draw Hunts on WMA Regulations.
Bonneau Ferry WMA Berkeley County
  • Adult/Youth side A open only to youth 17 and younger who must be accompanied by only one adult 21 years of age or older. Youth hunters must carry a firearm and hunt. Adults with youth hunters may also carry a firearm and hunt. Includes all big game and small game hunts.
  • Data/use cards are required for hunters, fishermen, and all other WMA users. Completed cards must be returned daily upon leaving the WMA.
  • Hunted areas are closed to general public access during scheduled deer, turkey and waterfowl hunts.
  • All deer must be checked at the main entrance.
  • Hunting access by boat is prohibited.
  • Hunters may not enter WMA before 5:00 AM.
Deer Archery (Side B) Sept. 15-29

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Still Gun Hunts (Side B) No open season except for hunters selected by computer drawing.

Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27

Nov. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 26-28 Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19

Deer Still Gun Hunts: Adult/Youth Only (Side A) Sept. 15-Nov. 17, Nov. 28-Dec. 19 (Wed., Fri., Sat. only) and Nov. 19-24, Dec. 20-Jan. 1
Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) (Sides A & B) Jan. 2-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel or fox hunting.

Statewide Limits

Botany Bay Plantation HP WMA Charleston County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Antlered deer must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a minimum 12″ inside antler spread.
  • All hunters, fishermen and visitors must obtain a day use pass, fill out the requested information and follow all instructions on the pass.
  • Hunting access by boat is prohibited.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10, Nov. 19-24,
Dec. 24-29

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Still gun hunts by drawing only. See WMA Public Draw Hunts on WMA Regulations.
Other Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Jan. 2-Mar. 1 (Wed. thru Sat. only)

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Canal WMA Berkeley County
Dove Designated fields on certain days. See Public Dove Fields List pg 80-83.
Quail Only See WMA Seasons in chart on Small Game Regulations.

Statewide Limits

Crackerneck WMA Aiken County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Antlered deer must have at least 4 points on one side or a minimum 12-inch inside antler spread.
  • Harvested deer will be tagged by SCDNR staff, therefore, hunters are not required to use their personal tags.
Deer Archery Oct. 5-6

2 deer total
No more than 1 antlered deer

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 12-13

2 deer total, no more than 1 antlered deer

Deer Gun Hunts
Gun hunts on Fri., Sat. & Thanksgiving Day only during this period. Oct. 19-Dec. 29 buck only.

Oct. 19-20, 26-27, Nov. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, either sex

2 per day, 5 deer total, not to include more than 3 bucks.

  • All individuals must sign in and out at gate.
  • No buckshot or dogs allowed.
  • Scouting days (no firearms or archery equipment) on Saturdays only during Sept., Mar. and May. Gate opens at 6:00 AM and closes at 8:00 PM.
  • On deer hunt days, gate opens as follows: Oct., 4:30 AM-8:30 PM; Nov.-Dec., 4:30 AM-7:30 PM. For party dog hunts for hogs in Jan. & Feb., gate will be open from 5:30 AM-7:00 PM.
Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22

Refer to Reg. 2.16 on WMA Regulations.

Handguns only.

No Limit

Small Game except raccoon and opossum
Fri., Sat. & Thanksgiving Day ONLY during regular Game Zone 3 seasons, except no hunting before Oct. 19 or after Feb. 23. Game Zone 3 limits.

  • All individuals must sign in and out at gate.
  • Bobcats, foxes, otters and fox squirrels may not be hunted.
  • During hunts, gate hours will be as follows: Oct., 4:30 AM-8:30 PM; Nov. – Dec., 4:30 AM­-7:30 PM; Jan. – Feb., 5:30 AM-7:00 PM.
Raccoon & Opossum
Oct. 20-Dec. 29 Sat. nights only;

Jan. 4-Feb. 23 Fri. & Sat. nights only

Raccoons – 3 per party per night. Opossum no limit.

  • All individuals must sign in and out at gate.
  • Hunt hours are as follows: 1 hour after official sunset to midnight. Hunters must exit gate by 1:00 AM.
Ditch Pond Heritage Preserve WMA Aiken/Barnwell County
Deer Archery Only Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 22-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Donnelley WMA Colleton County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Data/use cards are required for hunters, fishermen, and all other WMA users. Completed cards must be returned daily upon leaving the WMA.
  • Antlered deer must have a minimum 4 pts. on one side or a 12″ inside antler spread.
  • Hunters must sign in and out at the check station.
  • Hunting in designated areas only.
  • Gates will open at 4:00 AM for deer hunts.
  • All hogs harvested must be checked at the check station.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-29

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Still gun hunts by drawing only. See WMA Public Draw Hunts on WMA Regulations.
Hog Hunts (with Dogs) Mar. 7-9

Refer to Reg. 2.16 on WMA Regulations.

Gate opens at 5:00 AM

No Limit

Dove Organized hunts only. Season and limits published in the Public Dove Fields List pg 80-83
Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 22-Mar. 1

Gates will open at 6:00 am.

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Waterfowl Waterfowl hunts by drawing only. See WMA Public Draw Hunts on WMA Regulations.
Dungannon Heritage Preserve WMA Charleston County
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 22-Jan.31

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Edisto River WMA Dorchester County
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Still Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1
Raccoon & Opossum Refer to chart on Small Game Regulations

Statewide Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 22-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Francis Marion Hunt Unit, Berkeley & Charleston Counties
Tibwin special use area (in Wambaw) is closed to hunting except for special hunts.

  • During still gun hunts for deer, there shall be no hunting or shooting from, on, or across any road open to vehicle traffic.
  • All deer harvested must be checked in. See WMA map #9 for a list of check stations.
  • No buckshot is allowed on still gun hunts.
  • Shotguns and buckshot only during dog drive hunts.
  • On either-sex deer hunts with dogs, all deer must be checked in by 1 hour after legal sunset.
  • No still gun or archery hunting during deer dog drive hunts.
  • On youth deer hunts, only youths 17 and younger may carry a gun and must be accompanied by an adult 21 years old or older.
Hog Hunts with dogs: Francis Marion National Forest
All Hunt Units Mar. 18-23, May 20-25

Refer to Reg. 2.16 on WMA Regulations.

No Limit

Still hog hunts no dogs: Francis Marion National Forest
All Hunt Units Mar. 4-9, Refer to reg. 2.16
WMA Regulations.No Buckshot.

No Limit

Hellhole WMA Francis Marion National Forest
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

All Deer Must Be Tagged

Deer Still Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1

No still hunting during scheduled dog drive hunts.

Deer Dog Drive Hunt Nov. 3, Dec. 1 buck only

No still hunting and no rifles.

Youth Only Dog Hunt Nov. 17 Date specific antlerless deer tag valid
Northampton WMA Francis Marion National Forest
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

All Deer Must Be Tagged

Deer Still Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1 (No still hunting during scheduled dog drive hunts).
Deer Dog Drive Hunt Sept. 29, Oct. 10-11, Nov. 23, Dec. 28 buck only

Dec. 8 Date specific antlerless deer tag valid

All deer must be checked at Huger, Handy Mart in Macedonia, Honey Hill Lookout Tower, Kangaroo in Jamestown, or Alvin One Stop on Dec. 8 only.

Youth Only Dog Hunt Nov. 24 Date specific antlerless deer tag valid
Santee WMA Francis Marion National Forest
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

All Deer Must Be Tagged

Deer Still Gun Hunts Oct. 11- Jan. 1 (No still hunting during scheduled dog drive hunts.)
Deer Dog Drive Hunt Sept. 14-15, Oct. 24-25,
Dec. 7 buck onlyDec. 8 Date specific antlerless deer tag validAll deer must be checked at Alvin One Stop, Huger, Handy Mart in Macedonia, Honey Hill Lookout Tower, or Kangaroo in Jamestown on Dec. 8.
Youth Only Dog Hunt Oct. 20 Date specific antlerless deer tag valid
Wambaw WMA Francis Marion National Forest
Seewee Special Use Area (no dogs)

Archery Only

Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

All Deer Must Be Tagged

Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10
Deer Still Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1 (No still hunting during scheduled dog drive hunts.) No buckshot.
Deer Dog Drive Hunt Sept. 28, Oct. 13, Nov. 14-15, Dec. 26-27 buck only

Dec. 8 Date specific antlerless deer tag valid

  • No deer hunting with dogs east of HWY 17.
  • All deer must be checked at Handy Mart in Macedonia, Huger, Kangaroo in James- town, Alvin One Stop or Honey Hill Lookout Tower only on
    Dec. 8
Youth Only Dog Hunt Nov. 10 Date specific antlerless deer tag valid
Waterhorn WMA Francis Marion National Forest
Deer Archery Only Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

All Deer Must Be Tagged

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 11-20
Still Gun Hunts Nov. 2-Dec. 29 (Fridays and Saturdays only)
Small Game: Francis Marion Hunt Unit
  • Refer to WMA seasons in chart on Small Game Regulations.
  • Dogs are allowed during small game gun season only.
  • Closed during scheduled deer hunt­ing periods on Waterhorn and when dogs are used for deer on Wambaw, Northampton, Hellhole and Santee WMAs.
  • No fox or coyote hunting with dogs on the Francis Marion NF.
Hamilton Ridge WMA Hampton County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Antlered deer must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a minimum 12″ inside antler spread.
  • Data cards/use cards are required for hunters, fishermen and all other WMA users. Completed cards must be returned daily upon leaving Hamilton Ridge WMA.
  • No ATVs allowed on area.
  • Hunters may camp at designated camp­ ground one day prior to and during deer, hog and turkey hunts.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Gun Hunts Still gun hunts by drawing only. See WMA Public Draw Hunts on WMA Regulations.
Hog Hunts (with Dogs) Aug. 23-25, Mar. 7-9, May 9-11. See Reg. 2.16 on WMA Regulations.

No Limit

Quail Jan. 9, 12, 23, 26, Feb. 2, 6, 16, 20.
Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset

Statewide Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 19-24, Dec. 15-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Raccoon & Opossum Oct. 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 19-24, 27 Dec. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15-Mar. 1

  • On Saturdays prior to Dec. 15, hunters may not enter the WMA prior to 1 hour after official sunset.

Statewide Limits

Hatchery WMA Berkeley County
Deer Archery No deer hunting with dogs. Sept. 15-Jan. 1
Hatchery is closed to fishing each Saturday morning during waterfowl season and all day the last Saturday of waterfowl season.

Statewide WMA Limits

Henderson Heritage Preserve WMA Aiken County
Deer Archery Only Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

  • No Small Game Hunting
Moultrie Hunt Unit Berkeley County
  • No hunting or shooting within 50 feet of the center of any road during gun hunts for deer except for SCDNR draw youth hunts.
  • All deer harvested must be checked in. See WMA map #9 for a list of check stations.
Bluefield WMA: Adult/Youth area only Moultrie Hunt Unit
  • Open only to youth 17 years of age or younger accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. Youth hunters must carry a firearm and hunt. Adults may also carry a firearm and hunt.
Deer Gun Hunts
(no buckshot)
Sept. 15-Dec. 29 (Wed. & Sat. only)

Open only to youth 17 years of age or younger accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. Youth hunters must carry a firearm and hunt. Adults may also carry a firearm and hunt.

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) See chart on Small Game Regulations

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Statewide Limits

Greenfield WMA Moultrie Hunt Unit
Deer Still Gun Hunts Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 22-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

North Dike WMA Moultrie Hunt Unit
Deer Gun Hunts Sept. 15-Oct. 15

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Jan. 2-Mar.1

Statewide Limits

  • Sandy Beach Waterfowl Area open for raccoon hunting Feb. 1-Mar. 1
Porcher & Hall WMA except Cross Station Special Use Area Moultrie Hunt
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Jan. 2-Mar. 1 shotguns only

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Statewide Limits

Old Island HP WMA Beaufort County
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Palachucola WMA Hampton & Jasper Counties
  • Quality Deer Management Area.
  • Antlered deer must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a minimum 12″ inside antler spread.
  • Data cards/use cards are required for hunters, fishermen and all other WMA users. Completed cards must be returned daily upon leaving Palachucola WMA.
  • All deer must be checked at check station.
  • Hunters may camp at Palachucola camping area one night prior to and during deer, hog and turkey hunts only.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Still gun hunts by drawing only. See WMA Public Hunt Drawings on WMA Regulations.
Hog Hunts (with Dogs) Aug. 23-25, Mar. 7-9, May 9-11

See Reg. 2.16 on WMA Regulations.

No Limit

Quail Jan. 9, 12, 23, 26, Feb. 2, 6, 16, 20

  • Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset

Statewide Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 19-24, Dec. 15-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Raccoon & Opossum Oct. 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 19-24, 27 Dec. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15-Mar. 1

  • On Saturdays prior to Dec. 15, hunters may not enter the WMA prior to 1 hour after official sunset.

Statewide Limits

Santee Coastal WMA Charleston County
  • Hunting is allowed on the mainland only.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Hog Hunts (with Dogs) Mar. 11-16

Refer to Reg. 2.16 on WMA Regulations.

No Limit

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 22-Mar.1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Santee Cooper WMA Orangeburg County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Antlered deer must have minimum 4 points on one side, or a minimum 12 inch inside antler spread.
  • Campground is open during scheduled deer hunts.
  • Data/use cards are required for hunters, fishermen, and all other WMA users. Completed cards must be returned daily upon leaving the WMA.
  • Hunters limited to 2 deer/tree stands which must contain label with hunter’s name and address. No deer stand can be placed on WMA prior to Sept. 1
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 31

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Nov. 1-19
Dove Designated fields on certain days. See Public Dove Fields List on WMA Public Dove Fields
Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 22-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

South Fenwick Island Colleton County
  • Deer Hunting by permit only.
  • Primitive camping allowed by permit, which may be obtained at McKenzie Field Station, Bennetts Point, 843-844-8822
Deer Archery Oct. 1-10

Statewide WMA Limits

St. Helena Sound HP WMA Beaufort and Colleton Counties
Hunting and camping by special permit which may be obtained at McKenzie Field Station, Bennetts Point, 843-844-8822. Camping Otter Island Only.
Ashe, Beet, Warren, Big, Otter & South Williman Islands
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Tillman Sand Ridge HP WMA Jasper County
  • All deer must be checked at check station.
  • All reptiles and amphibians are protected.
  • Data/use cards are required for hunters, fishermen, and all other WMA users. Completed cards must be returned daily upon leaving the WMA.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 22-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Turtle Island WMA Jasper County
  • Waterfowl hunting is open on Wed. & Sat. during the waterfowl season.
  • Marsh hen hunting is open during the marsh hen season.
  • Other small game hunting is closed.
  • Deer hunting is closed.
Victoria Bluff HP WMA Beaufort County
All deer must be checked at check station.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Jan. 2-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting
  • Shotguns only

Statewide Limits

Wateree River HP WMA Richland County
  • Data/use cards are required for all WMA users. Completed cards must be returned daily upon leaving the WMA.
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Antlered deer must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a minimum 12” inside antler spread.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Still gun hunts by drawing only. See WMA Public Lottery hunts on WMA Regulations.
Other Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Jan. 2-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Bag Limits

Webb WMA Hampton County
  • Data/use cards are required for hunters, fishermen and all other WMA users. Completed cards must be returned daily upon leaving Webb WMA.
Deer Hunts Still hunts by drawing only. See WMA Public Draw Hunts on WMA Regulations.
Hog Hunts (with dogs) Aug. 23-25, Mar. 7-9, May 9-11

See WMA Reg. 2.16 on WMA Regulations.

No Limit

Dove Organized hunts only. Seasons and limits published in Public Dove Field list pg 80-83.
Quail Jan. 9, 12, 23, 26, Feb. 2, 6, 16, 20. Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset

Statewide Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 19-24, Dec. 15-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Statewide Limits

Raccoon & Opossum Oct. 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 Nov. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 19-24, 27 Dec. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15-Mar. 1

  • On Saturdays prior to Dec. 15, hunters may not enter the WMA prior to 1 hour after official sunset.

Statewide Limits