South Carolina is divided into eleven game zones, as defined on the map to the right.
DNR sets and regulates the methods of harvest, bag limits and other requirements for hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) and for deer on private lands within games zones 1, 2 and 4. This area encompasses the upstate counties and includes the Mountain, Central and Western Piedmont hunt units.
The SC General Assembly establishes seasons, limits and methods for private land in all of the other game zones (3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11), which encompass the midlands and lower coastal counties. DNR regulates WMA lands within these counties and is responsible for law enforcement statewide.
|Game Zone 1||Mountain Hunt Unit: Oconee, Pickens & Greenville counties north of Norfolk Southern Railroad|
|Game Zone 2||Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, McCormick and Saluda counties and Oconee, Pickens & Greenvillle Counties south of Norfolk Southern Railroad Only|
|Game Zone 3||Aiken, Lexington and Richland counties|
|Game Zone 4||Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union and York counties|
|Game Zone 5||Chesterfield, Kershaw and Malboro counties|
|Game Zone 6||Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Dorchester and Orangeburg counties|
|Game Zone 7||Dillon and Horry counties|
|Game Zone 8||Darlington, Lee and Sumter counties|
|Game Zone 9||Clarendon, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties|
|Game Zone 10||Florence and Marion counties|
|Game Zone 11||Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper and Hampton counties|