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Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting

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. 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.

South Carolina

Wildlife Management Area Properties

Open dates for each season are listed in the Hunt Seasons.

Note: * indicates an SCDNR Property.

Wildlife Management Area

Acreage

Map #

County

Telephone

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve*

1,622

3

Aiken

803-734-4080

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

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*

233

3

Aiken, Barnwell

803-734-4080

Donnelley*

8,060

10

Colleton

843-844-8957

Draper*, McConnells*, Ross*, Kirsh

1,996

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

Francis Marion National Forest

259,410

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*

417

3

Aiken

803-734-4080

Hickory Top

1,105

7

Clarendon

803-673-8589

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

10,238

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*

1,270

6

Chesterfield

843-661-4766

McCalla

5,667

2

Abbeville

864-223-2731

Moultrie

9,951

9

Berkeley

843-825-3387

Mountain Hunt Unit

152,575

1

Greenville, Oconee, Pickens

864-654-1671

Oak Lea

2,000

7

Clarendon

803-673-8589

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

843-546-8665

Sand Hills State Forest

46,000

5, 6, 7

Chesterfield, Darlington

843-661-4766

Santee Coastal*

24,000

9, 10

Charleston, Georgetown

843-546-8665

Santee Cooper

3,144

7

Orangeburg

803-673-8589

Santee Dam

575

7

Clarendon

803-673-8589

Santee-Delta*

1,899

9

Georgetown

843-546-8665

St. Helena Sound Heritage Preserve*

10,302

10

Beaufort

843-844-8822

Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve*

1,422

10

Jasper

803-625-3569

Turtle Island*

1,700

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

3,677

7

Richland

803-734-3898

Webb*

5,860

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

864-223-2731

Woodbury*

25,668

8

Marion

843-661-4766

Worth Mountain

1,643

5

York

864-427-5140

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)25,127

Clemson University11,265

Department of Energy10,600

American Forest Management17,417

SCPRT7,571

Corps of Engineers (Thurmond Res.)6,506

SC Electric & Gas Company5,187

Timber-Lands L.P. 2,002

Plum Creek Marketing, Inc.4,808

Catch Mark Timber1,376

TIAA Timberlands II (Hancock Forest Mgmt.)4,682

American Timberland II (RMK)2,751

Georgia Power Company2,814

Wells Fargo Bank (Brown Trust)3,252

SC Dept. of Commerce1,675

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

Corps of Engineers (Canal)2,465

Knightwood (Hancock Forest Mgmt.)476

Springland, Inc1,856

Duke Energy Progress1,036

SC Conf. Bd. Of Camps & Retreats1,060

Duke Energy Carolinas7,443

York County1,643

Jordan Properties2,474

Duke Energy (ROWs)1,200

Thomas Heirs LLC594

TNC – Ninetimes560

Lavinia B. George Estate944

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

Naturaland Trust2,253

Dorothy Beaty Estate557

TOTAL ACRES1,095,446