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August 18, 2008

Hunters must check deer taken on lower state WMAs

Hunters on state Wildlife Management Area lands in Berkeley, Dorchester, and Charleston counties, including the Francis Marion National Forest, need to remember that all deer harvested must be checked in at the nearest deer check station. 

Sam Chappelear, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife regional coordinator for the coastal region said that deer check stations at local retail businesses are available near all Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunting lands and are accessible to hunters for checking in deer.
Check stations near the Francis Marion National Forest include:  Dennis Wildlife Center, Elmwood Check Station, Witherbee Ranger Station, Macedonia Superette, Rock Road Tackle Shop, Wambaw Ranger Station, McClellanville Feed & Seed, P&C Grocery, Buck & Boar, and Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply. 

Site specific check stations have been set up during the either-sex deer hunts with dogs on the Francis Marion Forest. In order to gather biological information, all harvested deer on those days may only be checked in at the following locations:  Northampton WMA, either-sex deer hunt with dogs (Oct. 18) (P&C Grocery or Kangaroo in Jamestown); Santee WMA, either-sex deer hunt with dogs (Sept 20) (Bonneau Ferry WMA entrance or M&B Alvin Community Mart); Wambaw WMA, either-sex deer hunt with dogs (Nov 1) (Awendaw check station or Honey Hill Lookout Tower); and Hellhole WMA, one day either-sex deer hunt with dogs (Dec. 12) (Hellhole check station off Hwy 41).  Deer harvested from the Francis Marion National Forest on either-sex deer hunts with dogs must be checked in prior to one hour after legal sunset. 

Check stations near the Moultrie Hunt Unit include:  St. Stephen Citgo, Henry’s Bait and Tackle, Cathie’s Mini Mart, and Thornhills Fish Camp.

The check station for the Dungannon Heritage Preserve WMA in Charleston County is now a self-check system.  Tags specifically for use only on Dungannon WMA will be located at the sign-in box at the main entrance off of Highway 162.

Deer harvested from the Edisto River WMA must be checked in at one of the two designated sign-out locations located on the management area.  See the 2008-09 WMA map (Map 9) for specific locations.

Hunters hunting on Bonneau Ferry WMA in Berkeley County must sign in and sign out at the main entrance located on Highway 402. Deer harvested from the area must be checked in using a special legal tag located in the information box at the main entrance.

Deer hunters hunting on Botany Bay Plantation WMA on Edisto Island must sign in and sign out at the main entrance located off of Botany Bay Rd.  Deer harvested from the area must be checked in using a special legal tag located in the information box at the on-site check station.

Operating hours of the local voluntary check stations will vary.  Check a 2008-2009 Wildlife Management Area Map for specific times and check station locations.  Maps and the South Carolina Rules & Regulations information can be obtained online and where most hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

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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