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#07-199 July 23, 2007

Hunting, Fishing Regulations, WMA map available online

New rules and regulations for hunting and fishing and a Wildlife Management Areas map are now available online at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Web site. You can also access new saltwater, freshwater maps, a new section on the state’s fish hatcheries and find out more about S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) events at the Calendar. It’s part of the continuing effort by DNR to make it more convenient for recreational boaters, anglers, hunters, and nature enthusiasts to enjoy the state’s natural resources.
           
You can get an early look at the new "Rules and Regulations for Hunting, Fishing in South Carolina" atLink to Rules, Regs page the DNR Web site. The regulations are posted in PDF format, and you can scroll through the publication and click on the Web links embedded in the document. Print copies of the Rules and Regulations will be available free at license vendor locations by Aug. 10. The Rules and Regulations cover everything from information on invasive aquatic plants to shrimp-baiting permits.
              
It’s now easier than ever to get information on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) with new color-coded maps. The map page also has convenient links to hunting seasons, WMA hunting opportunities and lists of Game Zone counties among other useful information.
              
The dividing line between saltwater and freshwater on South Carolina rivers is listed in a new series of online maps from DNR. There you’ll find an overview map South Carolina coastal dividing line as well as more detailed PDF file maps of specific areas.
              
DNR also has a new section online for the state’s fish hatcheries. DNR fish hatcheries play a vital role in the management of our state's fishery resources. The mission of the DNR fish hatchery program is to propagate those species of fish in sizes required to accomplish fishery management objectives as recommended by the biological staff and approved by administrative personnel.
              
When and where is the next S.C. Natural Resources Board meeting? How many days does the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic run? You can now get details on activities around the state and get notices to your e-mail inbox with the DNR online Calendar. You can specialize the Calendar in a variety of ways from conservations districts to DNR meetings and search for specific events.

Many of the files mentioned above are in the Adobe PDF file format. Adobe Reader is required to open the files and is available as a free download from the Adobe Web site.

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.


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