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WMA Waterfowl on Management Areas

Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

General Waterfowl Management Area Regulations

Category I And Category II

Hunting on Category I Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only by means of special permit obtained through an annual drawing.

For applications contact: Public Drawing Hunts, SCDNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or visit our web site at www.dnr.sc.gov or your local DNR office.

Hunting on Category II Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only during specified days and times during waterfowl seasons including September seasons for Canada Goose and Teal.

Designated Waterfowl Or Dove Management Areas

Unless specially designated by the SCDNR as a Waterfowl or Dove Management Area, all WMAs and Hunt Units are open during the regular season including September seasons for hunting and taking of migratory birds except where restricted to special small game seasons and within migratory bird framework.

The Department may designate sections of Wildlife Management Areas and other lands and waters under the control of the Department as Designated Waterfowl Management Areas or Designated Dove Management Areas. In addition, the Department may set special shooting hours, bag limits, and methods of hunting and taking waterfowl and doves on those areas. All State and Federal migratory bird laws and regulations apply. Regulations pertaining to the use of Dove Management Areas will be filed annually.

On Designated Waterfowl Areas, no species other than waterfowl may be taken during waterfowl hunts. On Designated Dove Management Areas no species other than doves may be taken during dove hunts. Only dove hunting is allowed at Lake Wallace.

Non Toxic Shell Requirement

On all State-owned, US Forest Service and other Federally owned Category I and II Waterfowl Management Areas each hunter is limited to 25 Federally approved non-toxic shells per hunt.

Hunting From Blinds

On areas where blinds are not provided, only portable blinds which are removed at the conclusion of the hunt or temporary blinds of native vegetation may be used. Temporary blinds once vacated may be used by other hunters.

Fishing Restrictions

No fishing is permitted in any Category 1 Designated Waterfowl Management Area during scheduled waterfowl hunts.

Consent To Search

Entry onto WMA land constitutes consent to an inspection and search of the person, vessel, game bag or creel.

Category I Areas

Bear Island WMA

Beaverdam WMA

Bonneau Ferry WMA

Broad River WMA

Clemson

Donnelley WMA

Samworth WMA

Sandy Beach WMA

Santee Coastal Reserve WMA

Santee-Delta WMA

Wateree River HP WMA

Category II and Other WMA Specific Details

Area

Open Period

County

Latitude

Longitude

Special Conditions

Beidler Impoundment

Sat. AM Only

Sumter

33.8

-80.556

Carr Creek (within Samworth WMA)

Wed. and Sat. AM Only

Georgetown

33.463

-79.183

Ditch Pond

Wed. AM Only

Barnwell

33.0419

-81.466

Dunaway WMA

Sat. AM Only

Union

34.7096

-81.456

Sign in/Sign out required. No Entry before 5:00 AM

Duncan Creek WMA

Sat. AM Only

Laurens

34.5246

-81.7988

Sign in/Sign out required. No Entry before 5:00 AM

Dungannon WMA

Wed. AM Only

Charleston

32.757

-80.194

No hunting is allowed from boardwalk

Enoree River WMA

Sat. AM Only

Newberry

34.432

-81.422

Sign in/Sign out required. No Entry before 5:00 AM

Fant’s Grove WMA

Wed. and Sat. AM Only

Anderson & Pickens

34.623

-82.83

Francis Marion National Forest

Waterfowl Season (Mon. – Sat.)

Berkeley & Charleston

33.1619

-79.8291

Closed on Waterhorn WMA unit during any scheduled deer hunt

Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve WMA

Sat. AM Only

Darlington

34.388

-79.705

Hamilton Ridge WMA

AM Only during special small game seasons

Hampton

32.618

-81.359

Open only during special & scheduled small game seasons.

Hatchery WMA

Sat AM only and until sunset on last Sat.

Berkeley

33.256

-80.084

No airboats are allowed in the WMA during Nov. 15-Jan. 31. No fishing allowed during scheduled waterfowl hunts.

Hickory Top WMA

Mon. thru Sat.

Clarendon

33.607

-80.481

Waterfowl hunting at or above 76 ft. 8 in. in elevation requires a WMA permit.

Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir

Sat. AM Only

Clarendon

33.607

-80.481

Closed to all public access Nov. 1 until Mar. 1 except during scheduled hunts. Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before legal sunrise until 11:00 AM. No shooting from roads or dikes. Hunters may use only electric motors on boats. All hunters must accurately complete a data card and deposit card in receptacle prior to leaving the area. No Entry before 5:00 AM.

Lake Blalock

Wed. AM Only

Spartanburg

35.166

-81.887

Sign in/Sign out required. No Entry before 5:00 AM

Lake Cunningham WMA

Wed. AM Only

Greenville

34.987

-82.284

Lancaster Reservoir

Mon. and Friday AM Only

Lancaster

34.702

-80.751

Little Carr Creek

Wed. and Sat. AM Only

Georgetown

33.467

-79.178

Little Pee Dee River Complex

Fri. and Sat. AM Only

Marion and Horry

34.091

-79.255

Marsh WMA

Fri. and Sat. AM Only

Marion

33.948

-79.468

Monticello Reservoir WMA

Mon. thru Sat. AM Only

Fairfield

34.327

-81.313

Moultrie WMA

Mon. thru Sat.

Berkeley

33.379

-80.081

Palachucola WMA

Mon. thru Sat. AM Only

Hampton

32.599

-81.284

Open only during special and scheduled small game seasons.

Parr Reservoir WMA

Mon. thru Sat.

Fairfield

34.315

-81.362

Potato Creek Hatchery Waterfowl Area

Fri. and Sat. Only

Clarendon

33.53313

-80.27023

Closed to all hunting and fishing one week prior to and two weeks after the waterfowl season. All hunters must enter and leave this area at the designated public landing on secondary road 260. Completion and submission of data card is required. No airboats are allowed and no hunting from secondary road 260.

Russell Creek WMA

Wed. and Sat. AM Only

McCormick

34.00

-82.549

Sign in/Sign out required. No Entry before 5:00 AM.

Sampson Island Unit
(Bear Island WMA)

Thurs. and Sat. AM Only

Colleton

32.599

-80.421

Santee Cooper WMA

Sat. AM Only

Orangeburg

33.411

-80.292

Sign in/Sign out required.

Tillman Sand Ridge WMA

Mon. thru Sat. AM Only

Jasper

32.494

-81.207

Open only during special and scheduled small game seasons.

Turtle Island WMA

Fri. and Sat. AM Only

Jasper

32.06

-80.903

Tyger River WMA

Sat. AM Only

Union

34.608

-81.632

Sign in/Sign out required. No Entry before 5:00 AM.

Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve

Fri. and Sat. AM Only

Horry

33.905

-78.729

Webb WMA

Mon. thru Sat. AM Only

Hampton

32.596

-81.308

Open only during special and scheduled small game seasons.

Wee Tee WMA

Fri. and Sat. AM Only

Williamsburg

33.357

-79.759

Woodbury WMA

Fri. and Sat. AM Only

Marion

33.775

-79.29

Includes all SCDNR-owned property south of US Hwy 378 and bounded on the west by the Great Pee Dee River and Bluff Road and to the east by the Little Pee Dee River. No waterfowl hunting is allowed in the area known as Hass Pond that is bounded on all sides by Hass Pond Road.

40-Acre Rock

Sat. AM Only

Lancaster

34.6593

-80.5169