2017-2018 Public Drawing Waterfowl Hunt

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Youth Only Waterfowl
Lottery Hunt Information

Application Instructions (PDF)

Apply for Waterfowl Hunts

Hunt Sites

  1. Transportation, blinds and decoys are furnished on Bear Island - East, Bear Island-Springfield/The Cut, Sandy Beach, Broad River and Wateree River WMAs. Only transportation and blinds are provided at Samworth, Santee Coastal-The Cape, Cedar Island, Murphy Island and Bear Island West. Transportation, layout boats or sleds, and marsh stools are provided at Santee-Delta East and West. Hunters will be limited to one bag of decoys per blind.
  2. All sites require moderate physical exertion.
  3. Hunting from banks or dikes is NOT allowed.
  4. Chest waders and flashlights are necessary on all sites.
  5. Hunters must report to the check station at 5:00 a.m. E.S.T. on all areas except for Santee Coastal – Cedar Island and Murphy Island where hunters must report to the check station at 4:30 a.m. E.S.T.
  6. The use of retrievers is strongly recommended. All dogs must be kept on a leash. While hunting, retrievers must remain in close proximity to the hunter except during actual retrieving. Hunters are limited to one dog per blind.
  7. Nontoxic shot (steel, bismuth or other Federally approved shot) is required on all areas.
  8. Blinds for mobility impaired hunters are available on each hunt site except Bear Island – West, Bear Island – Springfield/The Cut, Santee Coastal – Cedar Island and Murphy Island, Samworth and Santee-Delta East and West. Mobility impaired hunters on all areas where sites are available are required to call prior to the hunt date and notify area personnel of special needs.
  9. Geese can be taken at all sites on those dates that fall within the established goose season for that area of the state.
  10. The hunt period on all areas is one-half hour before sunrise to 11:00 a.m.
  11. Each hunter will be limited to 25 shells, 10 gauge or larger guns are not allowed. Alcohol is prohibited. Participation in the hunt constitutes consent to search of persons and their belongings. Any violation of any law or WMA regulation may result in immediate dismissal from the hunt.

Due to time restraints on the DNR sales page, make sure you have each applicants' customer number and date of birth or their last name, date of birth and last four of their social security number. If an error message comes up for anyone, they most likely have multiple accounts. Please contact Patty Castine at 803-734-3609 if you have any problems. Also be sure to write down your sites and dates prior to entering the DNR sales page. Make sure you have time to complete your application. If you walk away and come back you will be timed out and will have to enter all of your information all over again.

Waterfowl Areas County Hunt Dates
Bear Island - East Unit Colleton 11/18/17, 11/25/17, 12/14/17, 12/21/17, 12/28/17, 1/11/18, 1/18/18, 1/25/18
Bear Island - Springfield/The Cut Colleton 12/9/17, 12/16/17, 12/23/17, 12/30/17, 1/6/18, 1/13/18, 1/20/18, 1/27/18
Bear Island - West Unit Colleton 11/21/17, 12/12/17, 12/19/17, 1/2/18, 1/9/18, 1/16/18, 1/23 /18
Beaverdam Anderson 12/16/17, 1/6/18, 1/13/18, 1/20/18, 1/27/18
Broad River Waterfowl Area Fairfield 12/9/17, 12/16/17, 12/23/17, 12/30/17, 1/6/18, 1/13/18, 1/20/18, 1/27/18
Sandy Beach Berkeley 12/13/17, 12/20/17, 12/27/17, 1/3/18, 1/10/18, 1/17/18, 1/24/18
Santee Coastal - Cedar Island Georgetown 11/20/17, 12/14/17, 12/18/17, 12/28/17, 1/3/18, 1/11/18, 1/18/18, 1/25/18
Santee Coastal - Murphy Island Charleston 11/21/17, 12/13/17, 12/19/17, 12/29/17, 1/4/18, 1/10/18, 1/17/18, 1/24/18
Santee Coastal - The Cape Charleston 11/18/17, 12/15/17, 12/20/17, 12/27/17, 1/5/18, 1/12/18, 1/19/18, 1/26/18
Santee-Delta - East Unit Georgetown 12/9/17, 12/16/17, 12/30/17, 1/6/18, 1/13/18, 1/20/18, 1/27/18
Santee-Delta - West Unit Georgetown 12/9/17, 12/16/17, 12/30/17, 1/6/18, 1/13/18, 1/20/18, 1/27/18
Wateree River Heritage Preserve Richland 11/18/17, 12/16/17, 12/20/17, 1/3/18, 1/17/18

The above Hunt Site Information is also available as a downloadable PDF document.