Wildlife Management Areas
South Carolina Hunting & Fishing
Through the cooperative effort of private landowners, the U. S. Forest Service and the SCDNR, Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are provided for the enjoyment of all wildlife enthusiasts. Funds generated from the sale of WMA permits enable the SCDNR to lease approximately 1.1 million acres of land for wildlife conservation and management.
Heritage Preserves are properties acquired by the SCDNR for the primary purpose of protecting habitat for rare and endangered species. Some heritage preserves offer game hunting opportunities and are included in the WMA Program. All persons using WMA lands are reminded that only US Forest Service lands and those areas marked by WMA signs are open to the public. Lands not posted with these signs are the property of private individuals, and landowner permission must be obtained.
General locations of the areas described below are shown on the map on Type of WMA Properties. For detailed maps showing these and other WMA lands, write WMA MAPS, SCDNR, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC, 29202, call 803-734-3886 or visit www.dnr.sc.gov/wma/maps.html. Reference map # from chart below.
WMA properties should be marked with these yellow and black signs.
Thanks to Landowners
Landowners providing their land for public hunting and recreation are due much appreciation from the SCDNR and all outdoor enthusiasts. Without these lands, public hunting as provided in this state would be impossible. Sportsmen seeing the yellow and black diamond-shaped signs designating WMA boundaries should remember they are hunting as guests of the landowner and be respectful of this privilege.
US Forest Service632,177
SC Department of Natural Resources234,676
SC Forestry Commission90,296
SC Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper)24,949
Department of Energy10,470
American Forest Management17,417
Corps of Engineers (Thurmond Res.)6,506
SC Electric & Gas Company5,187
Timber-Lands L.P. 1,044
Plum Creek Marketing, Inc.4,808
Catch Mark Timber3,245
TIAA Timberlands II (Hancock Forest Mgmt.)4,682
American Timberland II (RMK)2,751
Georgia Power Company2,814
SC Dept. of Commerce1,675
SC Public Ser. Auth. (Pee Dee)2,755
Corps of Engineers (Canal)2,465
Knightwood (Hancock Forest Mgmt.)476
Duke Energy Progress1,036
SC Conf. Bd. Of Camps & Retreats1,060
Duke Energy Carolinas7,443
Duke Energy (ROWs)1,200
Thomas Heirs LLC594
City of Walhalla439
City of Clinton276
Brown Family Partnership205
Commission of Public Works (Greer)100
William & Joab Lesesne92
Vandiviere Properties LLC655
John and Irene Blackmon1,587
Blue Heron Timber LLC594
The Conservation Fund3,101