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** Archived Article - please check for current information. **

August 17, 2011

Hunters must check deer taken on lower-state Wildlife Management Areas

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.

Check stations near the Francis Marion National Forest include: Dennis Wildlife Center, Elmwood Check Station (selected hunts only), Alvin One Stop, Handy Mart, Arrowhead Motel & Campground, McClellanville Feed & Seed, P&C Grocery, Village Grocery, Atlantic Game & Tackle, Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply and USDA Forest Service Station.

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 & Wambaw WMA either-sex deer hunt with dogs (Dec.10) (P&C Grocery, Kangaroo in Jamestown, Honey Hill Lookout Tower, Awendaw Check Station); Santee WMA & Hellhole WMA either-sex deer hunt with dogs (Nov. 5 Bonneau Ferry WMA entrance, Hellhole check station off of Hwy 41, or Alvin One Stop). 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, and Thornhill’s 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 2011-2012 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 Road. 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 2011-2012 Wildlife Management Area Map for specific times and check station locations. Maps and the current "2011-2012 South Carolina Rules & Regulations for Hunting, Fishing & DNR Public Lands" can be found online.


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