The game zone restructuring legislation that became law on July 1 changed the area that comprises Game Zone One in Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties and will provide more deer-hunting opportunities for hunters in the lower portion of the old game zone.
In areas around Walhalla in Oconee County and around Six Mile in Pickens County, the Game Zone One boundary was moved northward from the old line of the Norfolk-Southern Railway to the new line, north of SC 183. This change was requested by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce the areas open for bear hunting, since when bear hunting is allowed, deer hunting is closed.
"We have had many deer hunters concerned that their season was shortened in the lower portion of Game Zone One when bear season was underway during the last two weeks of October," said Richard Morton, DNR wildlife biologist based in Clemson. "This change allows more deer hunting without affecting traditional bear hunting areas."
The line between Game Zones One and Two begins on the Norfolk-Southern Railway main line at the South Carolina-Georgia state line and follows the railroad to Westminster. In Westminster, it now follows SC 183 to downtown Greenville. In Greenville, it follows the Norfolk-Southern main line again to the Spartanburg County line. All areas north of this line are in Game Zone One. All areas south of this line are in Game Zone 2.
DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.