Waterfowl Management Area Regulations

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, game bag or creel.

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, P.O. 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

Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only during specified days and times during waterfowl seasons including September seasons for Canada Goose and Teal.

Area Open Dates County
Biedler Impoundment Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Sumter
Carr Creek
(within Samworth WMA)
Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Georgetown
Ditch Pond Wed. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Barnwell
Dunaway WMA Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season.

Sign in/Sign out required.

No Entry before 5:00 AM
Union
Duncan Creek WMA Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season.

Sign in/Sign out required.

No Entry before 5:00 AM
Laurens
Dungannon WMA Wed. AM only (No Hunting from Boardwalk) during the State waterfowl season. Charleston
Enoree River WMA Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season.

Sign in/Sign out required.

No Entry before 5:00 AM
Newberry
Fant's Grove WMA Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Anderson and Pickens
Francis Marion National Forest Mon. - Sat. only during the State waterfowl season.

Closed on Waterhorn WMA unit during any scheduled deer hunt.
Berkeley and Charleston
Great Pee Dee River Heritage Preserve WMA Wed. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Darlington
Hamilton Ridge WMA AM Only during special small game seasons Hampton
Hatchery WMA Sat. AM only and until sunset on last Sat. of regular season. Berkeley
Hickory Top WMA Mon. - Sat.

Waterfowl hunting at or above 76 ft. 8in. in elevation requires a WMA permit.
Clarendon
Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir Sat. AM only (5:00 AM entry) during the State waterfowl season.

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 during the State waterfowl season.

Sign in/Sign out required.

No Entry before 5:00 AM
Spartanburg
Lake Cunningham WMA Wed. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Greenville
Lancaster Reservoir Mon. and Fri. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Lancaster
Little Carr Creek (within Samworth WMA) Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Georgetown
Little Pee Dee River Complex Wed. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Marion, Horry
Marsh WMA Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Marion
Monticello Reservoir WMA Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Fairfield
Moultrie WMA Mon. through Sat. during the State waterfowl season. Berkeley
Palachucola WMA Mon. - Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season.

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

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 during the State waterfowl season.

Sign in/Sign out required.

No Entry before 5:00 AM.
McCormick
Samson Island Unit (Bear Island WMA) Thurs. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Colleton
Santee Cooper WMA Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Orangeburg
Tillman Sand Ridge WMA Mon. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season.

Open only during special and scheduled small game seasons.
Hampton
Turtle Island WMA Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Jasper
Tyger River WMA Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season.

Sign in/Sign out required.

No Entry before 5:00 AM.
Union
Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Horry
Webb WMA Mon. - Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season.

Open only during special and scheduled small game seasons.
Hampton
Wee Tee WMA Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Williamsburg
Woodbury WMA Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season.

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 during the State waterfowl season. Lancaster

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