Public Lottery Hunts - Applications

In an effort to become more efficient and provide better customer service, we have decided to charge a non-refundable participation fee for our drawing hunts. These fees are less than the refundable fees charged in past years and are based upon the last three years of application and selection data. The fee structure is designed to insure that the total accrued cost, when selected, is approximately equal to the refundable fee last year.

For instance, if a hunter applies each year for the waterfowl hunts he/she will be selected once every 2-3 years. The non-refundable fee is $20 which means that the total accrued cost when selected will be approximately $50.00. This new fee strategy does not change the selection process and as before, one must continue to apply annually until selected to benefit from preference points. There will be no charge or fee for youth hunts or for the youth on Adult-Youth hunts.

The purchase of temporary WMA permits is no longer a part of the application process. If you are selected to hunt, you are a South Carolina resident and need a temporary WMA permit, you will receive instructions for purchase on your hunt notification.

Please see the fee schedule for hunts below. We will continue to improve our processes in order to provide better service.

Schedule of Non-Refundable Participation Fees

Draw Hunt Fee
Webb Deer $25
Webb Deer (Archery) $20
Multi-site Deer $20
Manchester Deer $10
McBee Quail $5
Waterfowl $20
Belfast Turkey $5
Adult-Youth Turkey $10 (Adults only)

Hunt Applications

Public Lottery Hunts for Wildlife Management Areas

Application deadline for the Coastal Bear lottery is September 19, 2014.

Apply for Coastal Bear Lottery Hunts

Please see the current Rules and Regulations for Wildlife Management Areas rules and regulations.

Youth Hunt Applications

When and where to request applications -

You may also obtain applications by writing to:

  1. Public Drawing Hunts
    PO Box 167
    Columbia, SC 29202
  2. Visit or call your local DNR office

Note: No Alligator Hunt applications are mailed. Applicants must apply online or in person during the open registration period (May 1 - June 15).

Except for the Alligator Hunt (online registration), those who applied for a particular hunt the previous year will be mailed an application for that same hunt the following year only.

Request applications for:

Type of Hunt Time of year Application is Available
Alligator May (Online registration)
Deer July
Waterfowl Mid-September
Quail Mid-September
Youth Only Waterfowl October
Youth/Adult Only Turkey February

Questions about hunt applications can be sent to

Please Note:

SCDNR will be using a new online application system for public hunts that are conducted on a lottery basis. Applications for hunts are entered under the heading “LOTTERY HUNTS” using the internet site. Be sure to have your DNR Customer ID number ready when preparing to apply. Your Customer ID number can be found on any hunting or fishing license issued by the department.