2018-2019 WMA Waterfowl Management Areas

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 waterfowl seasons including September seasons for Canada Goose and Teal.

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 including September seasons for hunting and taking of migratory birds except where restricted to special small game seasons and within 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 State-owned, US Forest Service and other Federally owned Category I and II Waterfowl Management Areas each hunter is limited to 25 Federally approved non-toxic shells per hunt.

Hunting From Blinds

On areas where blinds are not provided, only portable blinds which are removed at the conclusion of the hunt or temporary blinds of native vegetation may be used. Temporary blinds once vacated may be used by other hunters.

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, vessel, game bag or creel.

Category I Areas

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
Wateree River HP WMA Richland

Category II and Other WMA Specific Details

Area Open/Conditions County
Biedler Impoundment Sat. AM only Sumter
Carr Creek
(within Samworth WMA)
Wed. and Sat. AM only Georgetown
Ditch Pond Wed. AM only Barnwell
Dunaway WMA Sat. AM only

Sign in/Sign out required.
No entry before 5:00 AM
Union
Duncan Creek WMA Sat. AM only

Sign in/Sign out required.
No entry before 5:00 AM
Laurens
Dungannon WMA

Wed. AM only
(No hunting from Boardwalk)

Charleston
Enoree River WMA Sat. AM only

Sign in/Sign out required.
No Entry before 5:00 AM
Newberry
Fant's Grove WMA Wed. and Sat. AM Only Anderson and Pickens
Francis Marion National Forest Waterfowl Season (Mon. - Sat.)

Closed on Waterhorn WMA unit during any scheduled deer hunt.
Berkeley and Charleston
Great Pee Dee River Heritage Preserve WMA Sat. AM Only Darlington
Hamilton Ridge WMA Mon. - Sat. AM Only

Open only during special &
scheduled small game seasons.
Hampton
Hatchery WMA

Sat AM only and until sunset on last Sat.

No airboats are allowed in the
WMA during Nov. 15-Jan. 31.
No fishing allowed during
scheduled waterfowl hunts.

Berkeley
Hickory Top WMA Mon. thru Sat.

Waterfowl hunting at or above 76 ft. 8 in. in elevation requires a WMA permit.
Clarendon
Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir Sat. AM Only

Closed to all public access Nov. 1 until Mar. 1 except during scheduled hunts. Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before legal sunrise until 11:00 AM. No shooting from roads or dikes. Hunters may use only electric motors on boats. All hunters must accurately complete a data card and deposit card in receptacle prior to leaving the area. No Entry before 5:00 AM.
Clarendon
Lake Blalock Wed. AM Only

Sign in/Sign out required. No Entry before 5:00 AM
Spartanburg
Lake Cunningham WMA Wed. AM Only Greenville
Lancaster Reservoir Mon. and Friday AM Only Lancaster
Little Carr Creek (within Samworth WMA) Wed. and Sat. AM Only Georgetown
Little Pee Dee River Complex Fri. and Sat. AM Only Marion, Horry
Marsh WMA Fri. and Sat. AM Only Marion
Monticello Reservoir WMA Mon. thru Sat. AM Only Fairfield
Moultrie WMA Mon. thru Sat. Berkeley
Palachucola WMA Mon. thru Sat. AM Only

Open only during special and scheduled small game seasons.
Hampton
Parr Reservoir WMA Mon. - Sat. during the State waterfowl season. Fairfield
Potato Creek Hatchery Waterfowl Area Fri. and Sat. Only

Closed to all hunting and fishing one week prior to and two weeks after the waterfowl season. All hunters must enter and leave this area at the designated public landing on secondary road 260. Completion and submission of data card is required. No airboats are allowed and no hunting from secondary road 260.
Clarendon
Russell Creek WMA Wed. and Sat. AM Only

Sign in/Sign out required. No Entry before 5:00 AM.
McCormick
Samson Island Unit (Bear Island WMA) Thurs. and Sat. AM Only Colleton
Santee Cooper WMA Sat. AM Only

Sign in/Sign out required.
Orangeburg
Tillman Sand Ridge WMA Mon. thru Sat. AM Only

Open only during special and scheduled small game seasons.
Jasper
Turtle Island WMA Fri. and Sat. AM Only Jasper
Tyger River WMA Sat. AM Only

Sign in/Sign out required. No Entry before 5:00 AM.
Union
Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve Fri. and Sat. AM Only Horry
Webb WMA Mon. thru Sat. AM Only

Open only during special and scheduled small game seasons.
Hampton
Wee Tee WMA Fri. and Sat. AM Only Williamsburg
Woodbury WMA Fri. and Sat. AM Only

Includes all SCDNR-owned property south of US Hwy 378 and bounded on the west by the Great Pee Dee River and Bluff Road and to the east by the Little Pee Dee River. No waterfowl hunting is allowed in the area known as Hass Pond that is bounded on all sides by Hass Pond Road.
Marion
40 Acre Rock Sat. AM Only Lancaster

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