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Turkey

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Seasons & Limits

  • Private lands statewide: March 20 – May 5
  • WMA lands statewide: April 1 – May 5
    • Some WMA’s may be more restrictive, see below for specified hunt dates.
  • Limit statewide private and WMA lands: 3 gobblers per season, no more than 2 per day.
    • Some WMA’s may be more restrictive, see below for specified limits.

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 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 Public Hunt Drawings

Donnelley WMA, Santee Cooper WMA, Bonneau Ferry WMA (Youth) & Belfast 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 “Turkey Tags” appears on your 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 or call 1-866-714-3611. Tags will be available over the counter at SCDNR offices in late February. Handwritten tags are no longer available over the counter at local vendors as in the past. All hunters, including youth, are required to have turkey tags in possession while hunting for wild turkey.

2016 spring Turkey Seasons on WMAs

Wildlife Management Areas Open to Turkey Hunting Apr. 1 – May 5 (Named WMAs)

AREAS OPEN

LIMIT

1 Keowee WMA

2

Fants Grove WMA

2

Francis Marion Hunt Unit

(WMA Only)

2

Sand Hills State Forest WMA

2

4 Webb-Palachucola-Hamilton Ridge

2

Manchester State Forest WMA (Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Moultrie Hunt Unit (Thurs.-Sat only), Greenfield, Hall, North Dike, Porcher

2

Bluefield WMA

(Adult/youth Only, Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Santee Dam WMA

2

Edisto River WMA

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

4 Oak Lea WMA

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Marsh WMA

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

McBee WMA

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Hickory Top WMA

2

5 Pee Dee Station Site WMA (Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

5 Great Pee Dee River WMA (Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Tillman Sand Ridge WMA (Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Lewis Ocean Bay HP

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Waccamaw River HP

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Cartwheel Bay HP

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

3 Little Pee Dee River Complex (Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Victoria Bluff WMA

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

2 Crackerneck WMA

(Fri. & Sat. only)

3

Worth Mountain WMA

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Draper WMA

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Wee Tee State Forest

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Woodbury WMA

(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Aiken Gopher Tortoise HP WMA

2

Longleaf Pine HP WMA
(Thurs.-Sat. only)

2

Game Zones 1 & 2
“unnamed” WMAs including
US Forest Service Land

3

Game Zones 3-4 “unnamed” WMAs

3

McCalla WMA

2

Liberty Hill WMA

2

Statewide Youth Hunt Day on Wildlife Management Areas (Tags required)

March 26, 2016 for all areas listed above, except Keowee WMA.

1 Keowee WMA – Shotguns only — north of Highway 123 and west of the Keowee Arm of Lake Hartwell and west of Highway 291. Archery Only on other sections.

2 Crackerneck WMA – Main gate opens at 4:30 AM and closed at 1:00 pm. All hunters must check in and out at main gate.

3 Little Pee Dee River Complex includes Tilghman, Dargan (including upper Gunters Is. and Huggins tracts), Little Pee Dee River and Ward Heritage Preserves in portions of Horry and Marion counties.

4 On Webb, Palachucola, Hamilton Ridge and Oak Lea WMAs, all turkey hunters must pick up and return data cards daily to kiosk and display hang tags on vehicles. Harvested turkeys must be checked in at the self-check kiosk located adjacent to the check stations at the respective properties.

5 On Pee Dee Station site WMA, Great Pee Dee River WMA, Woodbury WMA and Marsh WMA all hunters must sign in and sign out.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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