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WMA Program

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 Types 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.

Wildlife Management Area Properties

Open dates for each season are listed in the Game Zone WMAs Only sections.

Note: * indicates an SCDNR Property.

Wildlife Management Area

Acreage

Map #

County

Telephone

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve* 1,782 3 Aiken 803-755-2265
Bear Island* 12,153 10 Colleton 843-844-8957
Belfast* 4,664 4 Laurens, Newberry 803-734-3898
Bonneau Ferry* 10,712 9 Berkeley 843-825-3387
Botany Bay Plantation 4,687 10 Charleston 843-869-2713
Broad River Waterfowl Area 640 4 Fairfield 864-427-5140
Canal 2,491 9 Berkeley 843-825-3387
Cartwheel Bay Heritage Preserve* 568 8 Horry 843-546-8119
Central Piedmont Hunt Unit 183,706 4, 5, 6 Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Laurens, Newberry, Spartanburg, Union, York 864-427-5140
Crackerneck 10,600 3 Aiken 803-725-3663
Delta South 2,174 4, 5 Union 864-427-5140
Ditch Pond Heritage Preserve* 285 3 Aiken, Barnwell 803-755-2265
Donnelley* 8,066 10 Colleton 843-844-8957
Draper* 806 5 York 864-427-5140
Dungannon Heritage Preserve* 730 9, 10 Charleston 843-546-8119
Edisto River* 1,394 10 Dorchester 843-844-8957
Fants Grove 7,444 1, 2 Anderson, Oconee, Pickens 864-654-1671
Forty Acre Rock* 2,965 4 Lancaster 803-419-9374
Francis Marion National Forest 260,480 9, 10 Berkeley, Charleston 843-825-3387
Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve* 2,725 6, 7 Darlington 843-661-4766
Hamilton Ridge* 13, 281 10 Hampton 803-625-3569
Hatchery 2,400 9 Berkeley 843-825-3387
Henderson Heritage Preserve* 453 3 Aiken 803-734-4080
Hickory Top 1,105 7 Clarendon 803-609-7011
Keowee 4,930 1, 2 Pickens, Oconee 864-654-1671
Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve* 10,097 8 Horry 843-546-8119
Liberty Hill 7,876 4 Kershaw, Lancaster 843-661-4768
Little Pee Dee Heritage Preserve* Complex 10,444 8 Horry, Marion 843-546-8119
Longleaf Pine Heritage Preserve* 843 7 Lee 803-419-9374
Lynchburg Savanna Heritage Preserve* 291 7 Lee 803-419-9374
Manchester State Forest 23,135 7 Sumter 803-494-8196
Marsh* 8,660 8 Marion 843-661-4766
McBee* 1,221 6 Chesterfield 843-661-4766
McCalla 5,667 2 Abbeville 864-223-1307
Moultrie 9,773 9 Berkeley 843-825-3387
Mountain Hunt Unit 154,249 1 Greenville, Oconee, Pickens 864-654-1671
Oak Lea 2,000 7 Clarendon 803-609-7011
Old Island Heritage Preserve* 400 10 Beaufort 843-546-8119
Palachucola* 6,757 10 Hampton, Jasper 803-625-3569
Parr Hydroelectric Project 4,400 4, 5 Fairfield, Newberry 803-609-6992
Pee Dee Station Site 2,701 8 Florence 843-661-4766
Rock Hill Blackjacks Heritage Preserve* 291 5 York 864-419-9374
Samworth* 1,588 9 Georgetown 843-546-8119
Sand Hills State Forest 46,838 5, 6, 7 Chesterfield, Darlington 843-661-4766
Santee Coastal* 23,776 9, 10 Charleston, Georgetown 843-546-8665
Santee Cooper 3,144 7 Orangeburg 803-609-7011
Santee Dam 575 7 Clarendon 803-609-7011
Santee Delta* 1,899 9 Georgetown 843-546-8665
South Fenwick 427 10 Colleton 843-844-8822
St. Helena Sound Heritage Preserve* 10,302 10 Beaufort 843-844-8822
Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve* 1,437 10 Jasper 803-625-3569
Turtle Island* 1,667 10 Jasper 803-625-3569
Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve* 1,113 10 Beaufort 803-625-3569
Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve* 6,691 8 Horry 843-546-8119
Wateree River Heritage Preserve 3,674 7 Richland 803-609-4522
Webb* 5,866 10 Hampton 803-625-3569
Wee Tee 12,439 9, 10 Williamsburg, Georgetown 843-661-4766
Western Piedmont Hunt Unit 146,561 2, 3, 4 Abbeville, Edgefield, Green­wood, McCormick, Saluda 864-223-1307
Woodbury* 25,668 8 Marion 843-661-4766
Worth Mountain 1,643 5 York 864-427-5140

 

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 Service – 632,177

SC Department of Natural Resources – 234,676

SC Forestry Commission – 90,296

SC Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) – 24,949

Clemson University – 11,265

Department of Energy – 10,470

American Forest Management – 16,929

SCPRT – 7,571

Corps of Engineers (Thurmond Res.) – 6,506

SC Electric & Gas Company – 5,187

Timber-Lands L.P. – 1,044

Plum Creek Marketing, Inc. – 4,808

Catch Mark Timber – 3,245

TIAA Timberlands II (Hancock Forest Mgmt.) – 4,617

American Timberland II – 2,246

Georgia Power Company – 2,814

George Family – 4,753

SC Dept. of Commerce – 1,675

SC Public Ser. Auth. (Pee Dee) – 2,755

Corps of Engineers (Canal) – 2,465

Knightwood (Hancock Forest Mgmt.) – 476

Springland, Inc – 1,856

Duke Energy Progress – 1,036

SC Conf. Bd. Of Camps & Retreats – 1,060

Duke Energy Carolinas – 7,443

York County – 1,643

Jordan Properties – 2,365

Duke Energy (ROWs) – 1,200

Thomas Heirs LLC – 594

TNC – 1,518

City of Walhalla – 439

City of Clinton – 276

Brown Family Partnership – 205

Commission of Public Works (Greer) – 100

William & Joab Lesesne – 92

Vandiviere Properties LLC – 655

John and Irene Blackmon – 1,587

Blue Heron Timber LLC – 594

Naturaland Trust – 2,948

The Conservation Fund – 3,101

TOTAL ACRES – 1,099,057