WMA - Waterfowl on Management Areas

Hunting Category I Areas

Hunting on Category I Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only by means of special permit obtained through an annual drawing.

For applications contact: Public Lottery Hunts, SCDNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or your local DNR office.

Area County
Bear Island WMA Colleton
Beaverdam WMA Anderson
Bonneau Ferry WMA Berkeley
Broad River WMA Fairfield
Clemson Anderson
Donnelley WMA Colleton
Sandy Beach WMA Berkeley
Santee Coastal Reserve WMA Charleston
Santee-Delta WMA Georgetown
Samworth WMA Georgetown

Hunting Category II Areas

Hunting on Category II Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only during specified days and times during state waterfowl seasons.


Area Open Dates County
Biedler Impoundment Sat. AM only during the regular season. Sumter
Carr Creek
(bounded by Samworth WMA)
Wed. and Sat. AM only during the regular season. Georgetown
Ditch Pond Wed. AM only during the regular season. Aiken/
Barnwell
Dunaway Sat. AM only during the regular season. Union
Duncan Creek Sat. AM only during the regular season. Laurens
Dungannon Wed. AM only during the regular season. No hunting from boardwalk. Charleston
Enoree River Sat. AM only during the regular season. Newberry
Great Pee Dee River HP Wed. AM only during the regular season. Darlington
Hatchery Sat. AM only and until sunset on the last Sat. of the regular waterfowl season. Berkeley
Hickory Top Federal Waterfowl seasons Clarendon
Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir Sat. AM until 11:00 AM only during the regular season. No season on roads or dikes. Clarendon
Lake Cunningham Wed. AM only during the regular season. Greenville
Lancaster Reservoir Mon. and Fri. AM only during the regular season. Lancaster
Little Carr Creek (within Samworth WMA) Wed. and Sat. AM only during the regular season. Georgetown
Little Pee Dee River Complex Wed. AM only during the regular season. Marion, Horry
Marsh Wed. and Sat. AM only during the regular season. Marion
Monticello Reservoir Wed. and Sat. AM only during the regular season. Fairfield
Moultrie Mon. through Sat. during the regular season. Berkeley
Parr Reservoir Mon. through Sat. during the regular season. Fairfield
Potato Creek Hatchery Wed. and Sat. only during the regular season. Clarendon
Russell Creek Wed. and Sat. AM only during the regular season. McCormick
Samson Island Unit (Bear Island WMA) Thurs. and Sat. AM only during the regular season. Colleton
Santee Cooper Sat. AM only during regular season. Orangeburg
Turtle Island Wed. and Sat. AM only during the regular season. Jasper
Tyger River Sat. AM only during the regular season. Union
Waccamaw River HP Wed. and Sat. AM only. Horry
Wee Tee Wed. and Sat. AM only during the regular season. Williamsburg/
Georgetown
Woodbury Wed. and Sat. AM only during the regular season. Marion
40 Acre Rock Sat. AM only during the regular season. Lancaster

General Waterfowl Management Area Regulations

Category I and Category II

Hunting on Category I Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only by means of special permit obtained through an annual drawing. For applications contact: Public Drawing Hunts, SCDNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or visit our web site at www.dnr.sc.gov or your local DNR office.

Hunting on Category II Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only during specified days and times during state waterfowl seasons.

Designated Waterfowl or Dove Management Areas

Unless specially designated by the SCDNR as a Waterfowl or Dove Management Area, all WMAs and Hunt Units are open during the regular season for hunting and taking of migratory birds except where restricted to special small game seasons within the regular migratory bird framework.

The Department may designate sections of Wildlife Management Areas and other lands and waters under the control of the Department as Designated Waterfowl Management Areas or Designated Dove Management Areas. In addition, the Department may set special shooting hours, bag limits, and methods of hunting and taking waterfowl and doves on those areas. All State and Federal migratory bird laws and regulations apply. Regulations pertaining to the use of Dove Management Areas will be filed annually.

On Designated Waterfowl Areas, no species other than waterfowl may be taken during waterfowl hunts. On Designated Dove Management Areas no species other than doves may be taken during dove hunts. Only dove hunting is allowed at Lake Wallace.

Non Toxic Shell Requirement

On all Category I and II Waterfowl Management Areas (except Monticello Reservoir WMA and Parr Reservoir WMA) each hunter is limited to 25 shells, which must be non-toxic (steel, bismuth-tin, bismuth, tungsten polymer, tungsten-iron or other Federally approved shot) per hunt and no buckshot allowed.

Hunting From Blinds

On areas where blinds are not provided, only temporary blinds of native vegetation may be constructed, and once vacated become available for others, or portable blinds which are removed at the conclusion of the hunt may be used.

Fishing Restrictions

No fishing is permitted in any Category 1 Designated Waterfowl Management Area during scheduled waterfowl hunts.

Consent To Search

Entry onto WMA land constitutes consent to an inspection and search of the person, game bag or creel.