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Turkey Regulations

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Seasons & Limits

  • Private lands statewide: March 20 – May 5
  • WMA lands statewide: April 1 – May 4
    • Some WMAs may be more restrictive.
  • Limit statewide private and WMA lands: 3 gobblers per season, no more than 2 per day.
    • Some WMAs may be more restrictive.

General Turkey Hunting Laws and Regulations for Hunting on Private & WMA Lands

  • Sunday hunting allowed on private lands (SC 50-11-555). No Sunday hunting allowed on WMA land (Reg. 123-51).
  • Statewide limit of 3 gobblers, no more than 2 per day (SC Code 50-11-525). Bearded hens are not legal.
  • All hunters, including hunters younger than 16 or those who are calling or guiding must possess a valid set of turkey tags. All harvested turkeys must be tagged and validated as prescribed on the tag form before being moved from the point of kill. No person may possess more than one set of turkey tags (SC 50-11-544).
  • Hunters who have used all their tags may call or guide for other hunters provided they possess their tag form.
  • Legal weapons – shotguns, muzzleloading shotguns, bows and crossbows. All other weapons or methods are prohibited including rifles, pistols, slugs, and buckshot (SC 50-11-500, Reg. 123-51).
  • Turkeys may not be hunted with dogs, live decoys or electronic calls (SC 50-11-40, Reg. 123-51).
  • Unlawful to shoot any turkey between 30 minutes after official sunset and 30 minutes before official sunrise. Unlawful to take or attempt to take a wild turkey from a vehicle on a public road. Unlawful to trap or snare a wild turkey. Unlawful to take wild turkey from a watercraft (SC 50-11-500).
  • Unlawful to hunt or take a wild turkey by means of bait or on or over any baited area (SC 50-11-510). Bait means placing, depositing, exposing, distributing, or scattering of salt, corn, wheat, or other grain, or foodstuffs to constitute a lure or attraction for wild turkeys. An area remains a baited area for ten days following the complete removal of all bait. NOTE: The following activities can result in a baited area if done prior to or during turkey season: planting, discing or manipulating chufa to expose the tubers; mowing or manipulating standing grain crops where grain is scattered or exposed; top sowing of any grains; bait or feed intended for other species.

Savannah River Site Draw Hunts for Persons with Disabilities

Savannah River Site will hold a draw hunt for persons with disabilities in Apr. for hunt applications, contact NWTF’s Wheelin’ Sportmen’s Coordinator, 800-843-6983 ext 7421.

Wildlife Management Area Lottery Hunts

Donnelley WMA, Santee Cooper WMA, Bonneau Ferry WMA, Belfast WMA, and Wateree River WMA (Adult hunts and Youth hunts). Turkey hunts available by public hunt drawing ONLY. To apply, visit our website at www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/drawhunts. Deadline for applications is Feb. 27.

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Turkey hunts available by public hunt drawing only. Contact: Carolina Sandhills NWR, 23734 Highway 1, McBee, SC 29101 or call 843-335-6026

How to Get Turkey Tags

Request turkey tags when you get your Big Game Permit, Sportsman’s or Combination License. If “Seasonal Turkey Tags” appears on your annual recreational license, you should receive tags by mail. Tags will be mailed in mid February. You can order turkey tags by visiting http://dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html or by completing and mailing the application on Applications (PDF) or call 1-866-714-3611. Tags will be available over the counter at SCDNR offices in late February. All hunters, including youth, are required to have turkey tags in possession while hunting for wild turkey except on the designated youth days.

Statewide Turkey Youth Hunt Days on Private Land

Mar. 16-17 for youth 17 years old and younger. Youth hunters who have not completed the hunter education program must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. No license or tags required for youth or adult on these designated youth days. Adult may call or guide, however, only the youth may take or attempt to take. Limit 2 gobblers.