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August 12, 2009

Hunters must check deer taken on lower state WMAs

Deer hunters on state Wildlife Management Area lands in Berkeley, Dorchester, and Charleston counties, including the Francis Marion National Forest, must check in all harvested deer at the nearest check station.  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, Handy Mart, Arrowhead Motel & Campground, Wambaw Ranger Station, McClellanville Feed & Seed, P&C Grocery, Buck & Boar, Barton and Burwell, Village Grocery, and Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply. 

"Deer hunting generates approximately $200 million in retail sales for South Carolina’s economy annually," says Sam Chappelear, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife regional coordinator for Region 4 at Fort Johnson on James Island.

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. 17) (P&C Grocery or Kangaroo in Jamestown); Santee WMA either-sex deer hunt with dogs (Sept 19) (Bonneau Ferry WMA entrance or M&B Alvin Community Mart); Wambaw WMA either-sex deer hunt with dogs (Nov 7) (Awendaw check station or Honey Hill Lookout Tower); and Hellhole WMA one day either-sex deer hunt with dogs (Dec. 11) (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 2009-2010 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 2009-2010 Wildlife Management Area Map for specific times and check station locations.  Maps and the current "2009-2010 South Carolina Rules & Regulations for Hunting, Fishing & DNR Public Lands" can be found online and where most hunting and fishing licenses are sold or by writing: Regulations, PO Box 167, Columbia, S.C. 29202.

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