2016 - 2017 Specific Hunting Criteria - Youth Age 17 & Younger

Date Location Contact Information
Turkey
March 18-19, 2017 Private Lands Statewide; Turkey tags required.

Youth 17 years old and younger accompanied by a licensed adult 21 or older. No license required for youth. Adult may call or guide, however, only the youth may take or attempt to take. Limit 2 gobblers.
March 25, 2017 All WMAs normally open to turkey hunting except: Bear Island, Donnelley, Keowee, Santee Coastal Reserve, Santee Cooper, Hatchery Waterfowl Area, Bonneau Ferry, Belfast, Wateree River HP
Raccoon
September 10, 2016 Private Lands Only  
Squirrel
September 24, 2016 Private Lands Only  
Quail
November 19, 2016 Private Lands Only  
Rabbit
March 4, 2017 Private Lands Only  
Deer
January 7, 2017

Limit 2 deer total, 1 antlerless; no tags required
Private Lands Statewide
All WMAs normally open to deer hunting except: Bear Island, Crackerneck, Donnelley, Draper, Fant’s Grove, Keowee, McBee, Palachucola, Santee Coastal Reserve, Santee Cooper, Hatchery, Webb, Bonneau Ferry, Hamilton Ridge and Botany Bay Plantation.
Youth Dove
Eligibility for these hunts requires adults 21 years or older to bring 1 or 2 youths 15 years of age and younger. Youths 16 and 17 years of age may participate in the hunt with or without an accompanying adult. Only the youth may shoot. No preregistration required.
September 3 Abbeville County
USFS Power of Partnerships
For information call 864-223-2731
September 3 Union County
USFS Herbert Dove Field
For information call 864-427-5140
September 3 Newberry County SCDOT For information call 803-734-3886
September 3 Draper WMA York County For information call 864-427-5140
September 3 Sumter County Manchester State Forest Bland Field 1 For information call 803-734-3886
September 3 Santee Cooper WMA Orangeburg County For information call 803-734-3886
Selected Days Botany Bay Plantation WMA For information call Region 4 SCDNR 843-844-8957 or 843-869-2713
Selected Days Bonneau Ferry WMA For information call 843-825-3387
Youth Only Deer Lottery Hunt
Selected Day in
November
Poinsett Gunnery Range
Sumter County
Applications available in September Region 3 SCDNR 803-734-3898 or download application.
Selected days
October - November
Upstate Private Areas (Cherokee, Laurens, Spartanburg, Union Counties) Region I SCDNR 864-427-5140. Call or write for application or download application. Application due by September 12.
October 1 Fants Grove WMA Applications available in early August. Call Clemson office at 864-654-1671 ext. 19 or download application.
Selected days
October - November
Belfast WMA Applications available August 20 through September 20. Call SCDNR office 803-734-3898 or download application.
Selected days
October - November
Moultrie Hunt Unit Applications available late August. Call Dennis Wildlife Center at 843-825-3388 or 843-761-8820.
Selected days Tibwin (Francis Marion Hunt Unit) Applications available early September. Call US Forest Service at 843-336-3248.
Selected days
October - November
Congaree Bluffs HP Applications available August 20 through September 20. Call SCDNR office 803-734-3898 or download application.
Selected days
October - November
Manchester State Forest Applications available August 20 through September 20. Call SCDNR office 803-734-3898 or download application.
Adult/Youth Deer, Turkey, Small Game
September 17 - Dec. 31 (Wed. & Sat. only)buck only, except either sex

October 1, 8, 15, November 12, 19, 26, December 31
Bluefield WMA Open only to youth 17 years of age or younger accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. Youth hunters must carry a firearm and hunt. Adults may also carry a firearm and hunt. No Buckshot.

For information, call Dennis Wildlife Center at 843-825-3387.
Adult/Youth Deer
September 16 - November 19,

November 30 - December 17 (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday only),

November 21-26, December 20 - 31, either-sex
Bonneau Ferry Area A Statewide WMA Limits

For information, call Dennis Wildlife Center 843-825-3387.
Youth Only Raccoon
October Darlington County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
November Edgefield County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
November Union County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
November Georgetown County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
January 2017 Orangeburg County For applications call Region 3 SCDNR 803-734-3898. Applications due before the first Saturday in January.
January 2017 Colleton County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
South Carolina Youth Raccoon Hunting Championship
February or March 2017 Webb WMA Participants are selected by regional Qualifying hunts. For more information, call the Furbearer Project at 803-734-3609 or Webb WMA at 803-625-3569.
Draw Youth Turkey
Saturdays during WMA season Santee Cooper, Donnelley, Bonneau Ferry, Belfast WMA Turkey applications available in late February. Call Columbia office at 803-734-3886. Applications due in March.
Draw Youth Waterfowl
Saturdays during season Donnelley, Bonneau Ferry WMA, & Clemson WMA Applications available in October. Call Columbia office at 803-734-3609.