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WMA Management Areas

Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

Game Zone 1 WMAs Only

  • Mountain Hunt Unit: Oconee, Pickens & Greenville counties
  • Game Zone 1 consists of all properties north of the main line of the Norfolk Southern Railroad from the Georgia State line to South Carolina Highway 183 in Westminister, then north of SC Highway 183 to intersection of SC Highway 183 and the Norfolk So. Railroad main line in Greenville and then north of the main line of the Norfolk So. Railroad to the Spartanburg County line.
  • 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.
  • During archery-only or primitive weapons seasons resident archery hunters may use any of the date specific tags issued to them to tag an anterless deer on any day provided that the archery notation and actual date of kill is validated on the tag as prescribed by SCDNR.
  • Statewide WMA limit for deer is two deer per day, 5 deer total, no more than two bucks, 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 anterless deer tag or an individual anterless deer tag.
  • Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during all hunts. No hog hunting with dogs except during special hog hunts with dogs and party dog bear hunts.
  • Individual antlerless deer tags are valid on WMA lands in Game Zone 1 starting Oct. 1. For all WMAs combined in Game Zones 1, only 1 individual antlerless deer tag may be used. Use of tags does not change the type of weapon allowed during specific seasons.

SCDNR Offices

Wildlife Office

311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson, SC 29631, 864-654-1671

Law Enforcement Office

311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson, SC 29631, 864-654-8266

Area/

Methods

Seasons

Limits

Deer — Other WMAs
(including US Forest Service Lands in WMA)

Youth Deer Hunt Day Jan. 6,

2 deer total

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 2-10

Statewide WMA Limits

All Deer Must Be Tagged

Archery only Oct. 17-30
Gun Hunts Oct. 11-16, Oct. 31-Jan. 1

  • No deer hunting on Long Creek Tracts (Oconee Co.) on or after Thanksgiving Day.

Bear

  • Tag required to take bear.
  • No Sunday hunting for bear on WMA.
  • Harvested bear must be reported by midnight on day of harvest SCDNR at 864-654-1671, ext. 24.
Still Hunt (No Dogs) Oct. 17-23

  • No sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs or less

1 bear

Party Dog Hunts Oct. 24-30

  • No sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs or less
  • Hogs allowed.
  • All parties (maximum party size of 25) must register by application due Sept. 1. For application write SCDNR, 311 Natural Resources Dr., Clemson, SC 29631 or download at www.dnr.sc.gov/bearhunting. Groups hunting together are considered 1 party.

5 bears per party

Hog

Hog Hunts
(with dogs)
Jan. 2-Jan. 10, Mar. 20-28, Refer to reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Small Game — Other WMAs

  • No small game hunting on WMAs is allowed before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1.
  • Additional small game season restrictions may apply to specific WMAs.

Named WMAs

Caesars Head/Jones Gap WMA Greenville County
SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism special permit required. See Game Zone 1 WMA map for more details.
Glassy Mountain Archery Only Area — Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve (Greenville County)
Located on the southwest side of the South Pacolet River and west of the junction of the South Pacolet River and its main tributary creek as posted.
Deer
(no dogs)
Oct. 2-Jan. 1 Archery

Statewide WMA Limits

Long Creek Tract (Forest Service) Oconee County
Game Zone 1 seasons, except small game only between Thanksgiving Day and Mar. 1.
Stumphouse WMA (Youth Area) Oconee County
Game Zone 1 seasons, limits, rules and regulations apply except small game hunting only from Thanksgiving Day through Mar. 1. In order to fish or hunt Stumphouse WMA each adult (21 or older) must have at least one youth 17 or under accompanying them. Senior citizens over 65 years of age are exempted from accompanying a youth in order to fish. No motorized vehicles or horses allowed on property. Walk-in use only.

Game Zone 2 WMAs Only

  • Abbeville, Anderson, Chester, Cherokee, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Lancaster, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union, York counties & those portions of the counties of Greenville, Oconee & Pickens south of the Game Zone 1 line.
  • 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.
  • Statewide WMA limit for deer is two deer per day, 5 deer total, no more than two bucks, unless otherwise specified. Antlerless deer limit is two deer per day, unless otherwise specified. All anterless deer must be tagged with either a date specific antlerless deer tag or an individual anterless deer tag.
  • Individual antlerless deer tags are valid on WMA lands in Game Zone 2 starting Sept. 15. For all WMAs combined in Game Zones 2-4, a maximum of 2 individual antlerless deer tags may be used. Use of tags does not change the type of weapon allowed during specific seasons.
  • Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during all hunts. No hog hunting with dogs except during special hog hunts with dogs.
  • During archery-only or primitive weapons seasons resident archery hunters may use any of the date specific tags issued to them to tag an anterless deer on any day provided that the archery notation and actual date of kill is validated on the tag as prescribed by SCDNR.

SCDNR Offices

Wildlife Offices

311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson, SC 29631, 864-654-1671;

2751 Highway. 72 E., Abbeville, SC, 864-223-2731;

124 Wildlife Lane, Union, SC, 864-427-5140

Law Enforcement Office

311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson, SC 29631, 864-654-8266;

2762 Wildlife Lane West Columbia, SC 29172, 803-755-1822;

510 Annie Alexander Ct., York, SC 29745

Area/

Methods

Seasons

Limits

Deer — Other WMAs
(including US Forest Service Lands in WMA)

Youth Deer Hunt Day Jan. 6

2 deer total

Archery only Sept. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

All Deer Must Be Tagged

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 2-10
Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1
Hog Hunts
(with dogs)
Jan. 2-10, Mar. 20-28, Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Small Game — Other WMAs

  • No small game hunting on WMAs is allowed before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1.
  • Additional small game season restrictions may apply to specific WMAs.

Named WMAs

Belfast WMA Laurens and Newberry Counties
  • Quality Deer Management Area.
  • Bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a minimum 12″ inside antler spread.
  • Belfast WMA is closed to public access of all types from one half hour after sunset until one half hour before sunrise except for hunts regulated by SCDNR.
  • Hunters may not enter the WMA prior to 5:00 AM on designated hunts.
  • Public visitation is not allowed during scheduled deer or turkey hunts.
  • 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. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Still gun hunts by drawing only.
Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1 except no small game hunting on Jan. 6

  • No fox squirrel hunting

WMA bag limits.

Broad River Waterfowl Management Area, Fairfield County
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 31

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game Feb. 8-Mar. 1

Game Zone 2 Limits

Delta South WMA, Union County
Deer Archery Sept. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Nov. 1-Nov. 18 Wed. & Sat. Only
Small Game (no fox squirrels) Nov. 23-Mar. 1

Game Zone 2 Limits

Draper WMA, York County
  • Data cards required for all hunter access. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving.
Deer Game Zone 2 WMA Seasons

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game
Quail Dec. 2, 9, 20, 27 Jan. 3, 6, 10, 13 sunrise until 30 min. before official sunset

Game Zone 2 Limits

Rabbit Jan. 17, 20, 24, 27, 31 Feb. 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28

Game Zone 2 Limits

Small Game other than Dove, Quail & Rabbit
  • Regular Zone 2 seasons & limits except no hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1.
  • No Fox Squirrel Hunting.
Fant’s Grove WMA Oconee, Pickens & Anderson Counties
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a minimum 12-inch inside antler spread.
Deer Archery Oct. 16-Dec. 22

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game
  • WMA seasons and limits except no hunting during Archery Deer Hunts (Oct. 16-Dec. 22) and Youth hunt (Oct. 7).
  • No hog hunting with dogs.
  • Dove hunting allowed on designated Dove Fields.
  • Raccoon and Opossum hunting allowed at night.
  • Waterfowl hunting allowed on Wed. and Sat. AM only during federal waterfowl season.
Keowee WMA Oconee & Pickens Counties
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a minimum 12-inch inside antler spread.
Deer Archery Oct. 16-Dec. 22

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game
  • WMA seasons & limits except no hunting during Archery Deer Hunts Oct. 16-Dec. 22 and No hog hunting with dogs.
  • Shotguns only north of Highway 123, west of the Keowee arm of Lake Hartwell and west of Highway 291. All other areas archery only.
  • Raccoon and Opossum hunting allowed at night.
Liberty Hill WMA Lancaster County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Antlered deer must have at least 4 points on 1 side or a minimum 12-inch inside antler spread.
  • All visitors must sign in and out at kiosks
  • No ATVs
Deer Archery Sept. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 2-10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (includes raccoon and opossum) WMA seasons and limits.

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Statewide WMA Limits

McCalla WMA Abbeville County
  • Quality Deer Management Area.
  • Bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a minimum 12-inch inside antler spread.
Deer Game Zone 2 WMA Seasons

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game WMA seasons and limits.
Hog Hunts
(with dogs)
Jan. 2-10, Mar. 20-28, Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Rock Hill Blackjacks HP WMA York County
Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game Small game hunting is not allowed.
Worth Mountain WMA York County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Antlered Bucks must have 4 points on one side or a minimum 12-inch inside antler spread.
  • All visitors must sign in and out at kiosks
Deer Game Zone 2 WMA Seasons

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game Zone 2 seasons and limits.
40 Acre Rock HP WMA Lancaster County
Deer Game Zone 2 WMA Seasons

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game WMA seasons and limits.
  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 WMAs Only

  • 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 as prescribed by the department before the animal is moved from the point of kill.
  • Statewide WMA limit for deer is two deer per day, 5 deer total, no more than two bucks, 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 or 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. 6

2 deer total

Deer Archery Sept. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

All Deer Must Be Tagged

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 2-Jan. 1
Small Game Refer to WMA seasons in chart.

Named WMAs

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve WMA Aiken County
Deer Archery Sept. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 2-Jan. 1
  • No buckshot or dogs allowed.
  • All reptiles and amphibians are protected.
Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 3 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. 2-10

Statewide WMA Limits

Gun Hunts (rifles only) Still gun hunts by drawing only.
Hog Hunts (with Dogs) Mar. 1-3

Refer to Reg. 2.16

Gate opens at 5:00 AM

No Limit

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Feb. 8 – Mar. 1 No fox squirrel hunting Game Zone 3 Limits
Waterfowl Waterfowl hunts by drawing only.
Bonneau Ferry WMA Berkeley County
  • Adult/Youth side B 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 A) Sept. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

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

Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28

Nov. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18

Deer Still Gun Hunts: Adult/Youth Only (Side B) Sept. 15-Nov. 18, Nov. 29-Dec. 16 (Wed., Fri., Sat. only) and Nov. 20-25, Dec. 20-Jan. 1
Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) (Sides A & B) Jan. 2-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel or fox hunting.

Game Zone 3 Limits

Botany Bay Plantation HP WMA Charleston County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Bucks 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. 20-25,
Dec. 25-30

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Still gun hunts by drawing only.
Other Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Jan. 3-Mar. 1 (Wed. thru Sat. only)

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 Limits

Canal WMA Berkeley County
Dove Designated fields on certain days.
Quail Only

Game Zone 3 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. 6-7

2 deer total
No more than 1 buck

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 13-14

2 deer total, no more than 1 buck

Deer Gun Hunts
Gun hunts on Fri., Sat. & Thanksgiving Day only during this period. Oct. 20-Dec. 30 buck only.

Oct. 20-21, 27-28, Nov. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, Dec. 1-2, 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. and Mar. 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. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23

Refer to Reg. 2.16.

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. 20 or after Feb. 24. 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. 21-Dec. 30 Sat. nights only;

Jan. 5-Feb. 24 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: Sat. -1 hour after official sunset to midnight. Hunters must exit gate by 1:00 AM. Fri. -1 hour after official sunset to 1 hour before official sunrise. Hunters must exit gate by official sunrise.
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. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 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.
  • Bucks 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. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Still gun hunts by drawing only.
Hog Hunts (with Dogs) Mar. 1-3

Refer to Reg. 2.16.

Gate opens at 5:00 AM

No Limit

Dove Organized hunts only.
Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 23-Mar. 1

Gates will open at 6:00 am.

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 Limits

Waterfowl Waterfowl hunts by drawing only.
Dungannon Heritage Preserve WMA Charleston County
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 23-Jan.31

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 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

Game Zone 3 Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 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. 19-24, May 21-26

Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Still hog hunts no dogs: Francis Marion National Forest
All Hunt Units Mar. 5-10, Refer to reg. 2.16.

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. 4, Dec. 2 buck only

No still hunting and no rifles.

Youth Only Dog Hunt Nov. 18 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. 30, Oct. 11-12, Nov. 24, Dec. 28 buck only

Dec. 9 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. 9 only.

Youth Only Dog Hunt Nov. 25 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. 8-9, Oct. 25-26,
Dec. 1 buck onlyDec. 9 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. 9.
Youth Only Dog Hunt Oct. 21 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. 29, Oct. 14, Nov. 15-16, Dec. 26-27 buck only

Dec. 9 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. 9
Youth Only Dog Hunt Nov. 11 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. 3-Dec. 30 (Fridays and Saturdays only)
Small Game: Francis Marion Hunt Unit
  • 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
  • Bucks 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.
Hog Hunts (with Dogs) Aug. 24-26, Mar. 1-3, May 10-12. See Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Quail Jan. 10, 13, 24, 27, Feb. 3, 7, 17, 21.
Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset

Game Zone 3 Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 20-25, Dec. 15-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 Limits

Raccoon & Opossum Oct. 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, Nov. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 20-25, 28 Dec. 2, 5, 9, 12, 15- Mar. 1

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

Game Zone 3 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. 16-Dec. 30 (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)
  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 3 Limits

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

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 Limits

North Dike WMA Moultrie Hunt Unit
Deer Gun Hunts Sept. 15-Oct. 14

Statewide WMA Limits

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

Game Zone 3 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.

Game Zone 3 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.
  • Bucks 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.
Hog Hunts (with Dogs) Aug. 24-26, Mar. 1-3, May 10-12

See Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Quail Jan. 10, 13, 24, 27, Feb. 3, 7, 17, 21

  • Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset

Game Zone 3 Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 20-25, Dec. 15-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 Limits

Raccoon & Opossum Oct. 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, Nov. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 20-25, 28 Dec. 2, 5, 9, 12, 15- Mar. 1

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

Game Zone 3 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. 12-17

Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 23-Mar.1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 Limits

Santee Cooper WMA Orangeburg County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Bucks 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. 1-20
Dove Designated fields on certain days.
Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 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. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 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

Game Zone 3 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
  • Bucks 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.
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.
Hog Hunts (with dogs) Aug. 24-26, Mar. 1-3, May 10-12

See WMA Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Dove Organized hunts only.
Quail Jan. 10, 13, 24, 27, Feb. 3, 7, 17, 21. Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset

Game Zone 3 Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 20-25, Dec. 15-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 3 Limits

Raccoon & Opossum Oct. 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 Nov. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 20-25, 28 Dec. 2, 5, 9, 12, 15- Mar. 1

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

Game Zone 3 Limits

Game Zone 4 WMAs Only

  • Clarendon, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg 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.
  • Statewide WMA limit for deer is two deer per day, 5 deer total, no more than two bucks, 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 antlerless 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 anterless 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 4 starting September 15. For all WMAs combined in Game Zone 2-4, a maximum of 2 individual antlerless deer tags may be used.
  • Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during all hunts. No hog hunting with dogs except during special hog hunts with dogs.
  • Bears – Harvested bears must be tagged at the point of kill and reported by midnight of day of harvest. Game Zone 4 quota is 30 bears. If the quota is met prior to Oct. 30, the season will close 24 hours following season closure notice. Hunters are responsible for monitoring season status. To report harvested bears or to check season status contact: 1-844-SC1-BEAR (1-844-721-2327) or http://dnr.sc.gov.bearcheck/

SCDNR Offices

Wildlife Office

295 S. Evander Drive, Florence, SC, 843-661-4766

420 Dirleton Road, Georgetown, SC, 843-546-8119

Law Enforcement Office

295 S. Evander Drive, Florence, SC, 843-661-4766

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

217 Ft. Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412

Area/

Methods

Seasons

Limits

Deer – Other WMAs

Youth Deer Hunt Day Jan. 6

2 deer total

Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1
Small Game Additional small game season restrictions may apply to specific WMAs.

Named WMAs

Cartwheel Bay Heritage Preserve WMA Horry County
Bear Still Hunts (No Dogs) Oct 17-30

  • Tagging & reporting required.

1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.

Deer Archery Sept. 15-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 4 limits

Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve WMA Darlington County
  • For big game hunting, access is restricted from two hours before sunrise to two hours after official sunset.
  • All visitors must sign in and out at the kiosk.
  • Gates may be locked in wet weather.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 31

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Nov. 1-30
Hog Still
Gun Hunts
Mar. 5-10 Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Mar. 19-24, May 21-26

  • Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Raccoons and Opossum

Game Zone 4 Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 4 Limits

Hickory Top WMA Clarendon County
  • Data cards required for hunter access. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving the WMA.
  • Hickory Top Greentree Res. is closed to public access from Nov. 1-Mar. 1 except for scheduled waterfowl hunts. WMA permit required.
  • Public waterfowl hunting without a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) permit will be allowed on all land and water below 76.8’ following current regulations governing waterfowl hunting on Lake Marion. Waterfowl hunting at or above 76.8′ elevation requires a WMA permit. Waterfowl hunters crossing WMA lands to hunt areas below 76.8′ lake elevation must have their guns unloaded and cased.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 31

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Nov. 1-Jan. 1
Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Mar. 12-17

  • Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum)
  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 4 bag Limits

Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve WMA Horry County
  • Deer hunters must sign in and out daily and record harvest at the kiosk.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited during all big game hunts.
Bear Still Hunts (No Dogs) Oct 17-30

  • Tagging & reporting required.

1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.

Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 11-20
Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 21-Jan. 1
Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 23-Mar.1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 4 Limits

Liberty Hill WMA Kershaw County
  • Quality deer management area.
  • Antlered deer must have at least 4 points on 1 side or a minimum 12-inch inside antler spread.
  • All visitors must sign in and out of the kiosks.
  • No ATVs allowed.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 2-10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (includes raccoon and opossum) WMA seasons and limits.

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Statewide WMA Limits

Little Pee Dee Heritage Preserve (HP) River Complex Horry & Marion Counties – Includes Little Pee Dee River HP, Tilghman HP, Dargan HP and Ward HP, also Upper Gunters Island and Huggins tracts in Horry County which are part of Dargan HP.
Bear Still Hunts (No Dogs)

Oct. 17-30.

  • Tagging & Reporting required.

1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.

Deer Archery

Sept. 15-Oct. 10

1 deer per day

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 11-20

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 21-Jan. 1
Hog Still

Gun Hunts

Mar. 5-10
Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Hog Hunt
(with Dogs)
Mar. 12-17

Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Raccoon and Opossum

Game Zone 4 Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.
Longleaf Pine Heritage Preserve WMA Lee County
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Still Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1

Statewide WMA Limits

Small Game (includes raccoon and opossum) Nov. 23-Mar.1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 4 Limits

Lynchburg Savanna Heritage Preserve WMA Lee County
Small game only — no deer or turkey hunting
Small Game
  • No fox squirrel hunting.
Manchester State Forest (MSF) WMA Sumter County
  • Dog hunt clubs by drawing only. SC Forestry Commission will handle drawing 803-494-8196.
  • Firearms must be unloaded and cased and not readily accessible when not in legal use.
  • No deer hunting or shooting from, on, or across any road open to vehicle traffic.
  • All hunters are reminded that the Palmetto Trail may be in use by nonhunters.
  • Self Deer Check at Battens, Tuomey Kiosk and Manchester SF Headquarters.
  • Some gates may be locked due to wet roads.
Deer Archery Sept. 18-23

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Sept. 25-30
Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 2-7, 9-14, 17-20, 24-27
Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, Nov. 7-10, 14-18, 20-25, 27 – Dec. 1, Dec. 5-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-30
Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Mar. 12-17 Refer to Reg. 2.16
Small Game (includes raccoon and opossum) Nov. 23-Mar. 1

Game Zone 4 Bag Limits

Dove Sat. afternoons only during 1st season in designated fields only. Any day during 2nd and 3rd seasons on general forest and designated fields.
Marsh WMA Marion County
  • All visitors must sign in and out at the kiosk.
  • No ATVs.
  • A portion of Marsh WMA is designated a youth special hunt area and is closed for hunting except for special lottery hunts.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 31

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Nov. 1-30
Hog Still
Gun Hunts
Mar. 5-10, Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Mar. 19-24, May 21-26

Refer to Reg. 2.16.

Handguns only

No Limit

Raccoons & Opossums

Game Zone 4 Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 4 Limits

McBee WMA Chesterfield County
  • No ATVs.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Nov. 18
Quail Hunts by drawing only.
Other Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Regular Zone 4 seasons & limits except no hunting before Jan. 15 or after Mar. 1.

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 4 Limits

Oak Lea WMA Clarendon County
  • Data cards required for hunter access. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving Oak Lea WMA.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-30

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Still Gun Hunts Hunters selected by drawing

*Still Gun Hunters are selected by public drawing. Parties of 8-10. Parties may hunt for 4 days (Wed.-Sat.). Hunt periods will be approximately weekly (Oct. 1-Jan. 1). SC Forestry Commission will handle drawing 803-494-8196.

20 per hunt – party

Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Small game (except quail) Jan. 2 – Mar. 1 except no small game hunting during scheduled quail hunts.

  • No fox squirrel hunting.
Quail Hunts Dec. 5, 12, 26, Jan. 6, 20, Feb. 3

Quail hunters must pick up and return data cards at kiosk.

12 per day

Dove Dove hunts on designated days only.
Pee Dee Station Site WMA Florence County
  • All visitors must sign in and out at kiosk.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 31

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Nov. 1-30
Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.
Samworth WMA Georgetown County
Deer Archery (impoundments only) Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Hog Hunts (with Dogs) (impoundments only) Mar. 12-17

  • Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Sand Hills State Forest WMA Chesterfield County
No hunting within the boundary of the H. Cooper Black, Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area during scheduled field trials. Inquire at H. Cooper Black Jr. Headquarters about scheduled events or call 843-378-1555.
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1

  • No man drives allowed.
Small Game
  • No hunting within the boundary of the H. Cooper Black, Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area during scheduled field trials. Inquire at Forest Headquarters about scheduled events or call 843-378-1555. No quail hunting allowed on H. Cooper Black, Jr. Memorial Field Trial Area.
Santee Dam WMA Clarendon County
  • Hunter access by watercraft only from Borrow Pitt Landing (Clarendon Co.) or Wilson’s Landing (Berkeley Co.) except during scheduled dove hunts (see Migratory Bird Regulations)
Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 31

Stateweide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Nov. 1-Jan. 1
Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Mar. 12-17 Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Dove Dove hunts on designated days only.
Small Game Jan. 2 – Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 4 Limits

Santee Delta WMA Georgetown County
Deer Archery Sept. 15 – Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Mar. 12-17 Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve WMA Horry County
Bear Still Hunts (No Dogs)

Oct. 17-30.

  • Tagging & Reporting required.

1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.

Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 11-20
Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 21-Jan. 1
Small Game (including raccoon and opossum) Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 4 Limits

Hog Still
Gun Hunts
Mar. 5-10
Refer to Reg 2.16.

No Limit

Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Mar. 12-17
Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Wee Tee WMA Williamsburg & Georgetown Counties
Bear Still Hunts (No Dogs)

Oct. 17-30.

  • Tagging & Reporting required.

1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.

Deer Archery Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 11-Jan. 1
Hog Still
Gun Hunts
Mar. 5-10, Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Mar. 12-17

  • Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Raccoon and Opossum

Game Zone 4 Limits

Other Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting.

Game Zone 4 Limits

Woodbury WMA Marion County
  • Quality Deer Management Area
  • Antlered deer must have at least 4 points on 1 side or a minimum 12-inch inside antler spread.
  • All visitors must sign in and out at the kiosk.
  • No ATVs allowed.
Deer Archery Sept 15-Oct. 10

Statewide WMA Limits

Deer Primitive Weapons Oct. 11-20
Deer Gun Hunts Oct. 21-Jan. 1
Hog Still Gun Hunts Mar. 5-10, Refer to Reg. 2.16.

No Limit

Hog Hunts
(with Dogs)
Mar. 19-24

May 21-26

Refer to Reg. 2.16.

  • Handguns only

No Limit

Small Game
Raccoons & Opossums

Game Zone 4 Bag Limit

Other Small Game Nov. 23-Mar. 1

  • No fox squirrel hunting

Game Zone 4 Bag Limit