Seasons, limits and regulations for all Wildlife Management Areas are set by the DNR, and South Carolina has some great hunting opportunities.
Game Zones of South Carolina
Seasons, limits and regulations for all Wildlife Management Areas are set by the DNR. Seasons on private land in all game zones are regulated by the S.C. General Assembly. For detailed information on hunting seasons and limits, request the South Carolina Rules and Regulations brochure. Write SCDNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202-0167 or call (803) 734-3886. You can also ask your local license agent for copies or visit the DNR website: www.dnr.sc.gov.
Antlerless Deer Harvest
Antlerless deer harvests are conducted using either-sex days and two optional antlerless deer tag programs. The dates for either-sex days are indicated in the DNR's Rules and Regulations brochure. Optional antlerless deer tag programs that hunters may choose to participate in include the Individual Antlerless Deer Tag program and the Antlerless Deer Quota program.
Individual Antlerless Deer Tag Program
Hunters can purchase either two or four tags per person, for $5 each, which can be used on any day open to deer hunting with certain game zone restrictions. All persons purchasing tags in past years will be sent a renewal notice in August.
Antlerless Deer Quota Program
Antlerless deer quotas are issued to qualifying landowners or leasees statewide who complete and submit an application along with a $50 fee prior to July 15 each year. Under the ADQP, a quota of tags is issued for a particular tract of land based on criteria including density of the local deer population, condition of the local deer population, the size of the tract of land and the recreational and agricultural objectives of the property owner. Write to: SCDNR Deer Project, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202-0167, or call (803) 734-3886 for applications and information.
Wildlife Management Areas
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are lands owned or leased by the DNR. Public hunting is available during special seasons set by the department. A WMA permit is required for hunting on these lands in addition to applicable licenses. For details and regulations, write to: SCDNR WMA Program, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202-0167, or call (803) 734-3886 or visit https://www2.dnr.sc.gov/ManagedLands/ManagedLand/WMAs.
The areas on this map show the approximate locations for the major Wildlife Management Areas in South Carolina. For detailed maps, write to: WMA Maps, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, call (803) 734-3886, or visit the DNR website: www.dnr.sc.gov.
Public Draw Hunts
- Webb WMA: Two half-days per hunt slot. Two meals and overnight accommodations are provided. Hunt fees will apply.
- Webb WMA Mobility Impaired Hunts: Two half-days per hunt slot. Two meals are provided. (Participants must provide for their own accommodations.) $15 fee per person.
- Bear Island, Belfast, Bonneau Ferry, Botany Bay, Donnelley, Hamilton Ridge, Santee Cooper, Palachucola WMAs: Applicants drawn to hunt on one of the four WMAs. Hunt fees will apply. Bear Island, Belfast, Bonneau Ferry, Botany Bay, Donnelley, Hamilton Ridge, Santee Cooper and Palachucola WMAs each provide two and one-half days per hunt slot. Santee Cooper WMA provides one one-day afternoon hunt per hunt slot.
Deer Hunts with Dogs
- Manchester State Forest WMA: Deer hunt with dogs for clubs only. Hunt fees will apply.
- Hunters must provide dogs, equipment and transportation for quail hunts. McBee WMA: A one-day hunt. Hunt fees will apply.
- Waterfowl Management Areas: Waterfowl morning hunts are held on 13 WMA sites. Special hunts include an adult-youth waterfowl hunt. Hunt fees will apply.
- Belfast, Bonneau Ferry, Donnelley, Santee Cooper WMAs: Saturday morning hunts for adult-youth parties only. Hunt fees will apply.
NOTE: To be placed on the mailing list for any or all hunts, send requests to SCDNR, Public Draw Hunts, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202-0167 or call (803) 734-3609.
Migratory Game Birds
All migratory bird seasons and limits are set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and are available in early September. For current regulations, write Migratory Bird Regulations, SCDNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202-0167, or visit the DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/migratorybird/regulations.html.
Commercial fur harvest is regulated by special seasons and limits set by the S.C. General Assembly. Persons who trap or take furbearers by other means for commercial purposes must purchase a Commercial Fur Harvest License. For complete regulations concerning commercial fur harvest in South Carolina, write License Division, SCDNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29211-9989, or visit the DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov.