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July 2, 2010

DNR public deer hunt drawing deadline is Aug. 20

The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 20 for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' annual drawing for public deer hunts on eight state managed areas. A random computer drawing utilizing a preference point system will take place in the department's Columbia office to select successful applicants.

Hunters who applied for the hunts last year will automatically receive an application in the mail for this year's hunts.

This year eight management areas will be included in the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) computer-drawn hunts. More than 1,400 slots for hunters are collectively available this season on the following state management areas: Webb WMA in Hampton County, Donnelley WMA and Bear Island WMA in Colleton County, Hamilton Ridge and Palachucola WMA in Hampton County, Botany Bay WMA in Charleston County, Bonneau Ferry in Berkeley County and Belfast WMA in Newberry County.

All hunters who hunt on Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lands must have in their possession a valid hunting license, big game permit and WMA permit. A one-day WMA permit is available only for the designated hunt drawing, only to South Carolina residents and only at the time of application. The $5.50 cost of the one-day permit must be included with the hunt drawing application fee. Applications fees are $125 per hunter for the Webb WMA Hunt and $25 per hunter for Bear Island, Belfast, Bonneau Ferry, Botany Bay, Donnelley, Hamilton Ridge and Palachucola WMA hunts.

Please note hunts usually conducted at Fants Grove WMA, the Webb Mobility Impaired Hunt and the Webb Women's Hunt will not be held this year due to reduction in personnel and budget cuts. However, the one-day archery hunt with accommodations, which has been conducted in the past on the Webb Center, will be changed to a three-day hunt with no accommodations and an application fee of $50.

Applications can be obtained from DNR offices statewide by writing DNR Public Drawing Hunts, Attn: Deer Hunts, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202; telephone (803) 734-3886.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, Aug. 20. Applications must be received through the mail or in person; no fax applications will be accepted. Applications may be delivered to Room 255 of the Rembert C. Dennis Building at 1000 Assembly St. in Columbia. Once hunters are drawn, permits are non-transferable. Cancellations by hunters drawn will not be refunded; canceled slots will be filled by random selection of applicants who were not drawn.

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