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Hickory Top Green Tree Reservoir WMA to be drained

September 10, 2019

The Hickory Top Green Tree Reservoir (GTR) WMA in Clarendon County will be drawn down over the next few weeks to ensure the health of the trees on the property.

Green tree reservoir waterfowl areas are wooded and can be flooded during the fall and winter to allow ducks to feed on the hard mast dropped from the trees.

The mature trees cannot be flooded every year, or they will die. Hickory Top GTR is kept dry every fourth year for this reason.

This popular waterfowl hunting area will be open to waterfowl hunting on Saturday mornings only during the regular waterfowl season, however water levels will not be maintained.

Hunting for small and big game is allowed in the GTR during the regular Hickory Top WMA seasons this year since the water levels will decline. Any hunting other than waterfowl hunting is not allow when the area is flooded.

Due to the recent heavy rain, the area has some wet areas.