2017 - 2018 Specific Hunting Criteria - Youth Age 17 & Younger

Date Location Contact Information
Turkey
March 18-19, 2017 Private Lands Statewide; Turkey tags required.

Youth 17 years old and younger accompanied by a licensed adult 21 or older. No license required for youth. Adult may call or guide, however, only the youth may take or attempt to take. Limit 2 gobblers.
March 25, 2017 All WMAs normally open to turkey hunting except: Bear Island, Donnelley, Keowee, Santee Coastal Reserve, Santee Cooper, Hatchery Waterfowl Area, Bonneau Ferry, Belfast, Wateree River HP
Raccoon
September 9, 2017 Private Lands Only, Limit 3 per party, per day  
Squirrel
September 30, 2017 Private Lands Only, Limit 10 per day  
Quail
November 18, 2017 Private Lands Only, Limit 12 per day  
Rabbit
March 3, 2018 Private Lands Only, Limit 5 per day  
Deer
January 6, 2018

Limit 2 deer total, tags required
Private Lands Statewide
All WMAs normally open to deer hunting except: Bear Island, Crackerneck, Donnelley, Draper, Fant’s Grove, Keowee, McBee, Palachucola, Santee Coastal Reserve, Santee Cooper, Hatchery, Webb, Bonneau Ferry, Hamilton Ridge and Botany Bay Plantation.
Youth Dove
Eligibility for these hunts requires adults 21 years or older to bring 1 or 2 youths 15 years of age and younger. Youths 16 and 17 years of age may participate in the hunt with or without an accompanying adult. Only the youth may shoot. No preregistration required.
September 2 Abbeville County

USFS Power of Partnerships
For information call 864-223-2731
September 2 Union County

USFS Sedalia Dove Field
For information call 803-321-2960
September 2 Draper WMA

York County
For information call 803-427-5140
September 2 Sumter County

Manchester State Forest

Bland Field 1
For information call 803-609-7010
September 2 Santee Cooper WMA

Orangeburg County
For information call 803-609-7010
Selected Days Botany Bay Plantation WMA For information call Region 4 SCDNR 843-844-8957 or 843-869-2713
Selected Days Bonneau Ferry WMA For information call 843-825-3387
Youth Only Deer Lottery Hunt
Selected Day in
November
Poinsett Gunnery Range
Sumter County
Applications available in September Region 3 SCDNR 803-734-3898 or download application.
Selected Day in
November
Wateree River HP
Richland County
Applications available in September Region 3 SCDNR 803-734-3898 or download application.
Selected days
October - December
Upstate Private Areas (Cherokee, Laurens, Spartanburg, Union Counties) Region I SCDNR 864-427-5140. Call or write for application or download application. Application due by September 12.
October 7 Fants Grove WMA Applications available in early August. Call Clemson office at 864-654-1671 ext. 19 or download application.
Selected days
October - November
Belfast WMA Applications available August 20 through September 20. Call SCDNR office 803-734-3898 or download application.
Selected days
October - December
Moultrie Hunt Unit Applications available late August. Call Dennis Wildlife Center at 843-825-3388 or 843-761-8820.
Selected days Tibwin (Francis Marion Hunt Unit) Applications available early September. Call US Forest Service at 843-336-3248.
Selected days
October - December
Congaree Bluffs HP Applications available August 20 through September 20. Call SCDNR office 803-734-3898 or download application.
Selected days
October - November
Manchester State Forest Applications available August 20 through September 20. Call SCDNR office 803-734-3898 or download application.
Adult/Youth Deer, Turkey, Small Game
September 16 - Dec. 30 (Wednesday and Saturday only) Bluefield WMA Open only to youth 17 years of age or younger accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. Youth hunters must carry a firearm and hunt. Adults may also carry a firearm and hunt. No Buckshot.

Statewide WMA Limits

For information, call Dennis Wildlife Center at 843-825-3387.
Adult/Youth Deer, Small Game
September 15 - November 18,

November 29 - December 16 (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday only),

November 20-25, December 20 - January 1, 2018, either-sex
Bonneau Ferry Area B Statewide WMA Limits

For information, call Dennis Wildlife Center 843-825-3387.
Youth Only Raccoon
October Darlington County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
November Edgefield County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
November Union County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
November Georgetown County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
January 2018 Orangeburg County For applications call Region 3 SCDNR 803-734-3898. Applications due before the first Saturday in January.
January 2018 Colleton County Contact Columbia SCDNR office for information at 803-734-3609.
South Carolina Youth Raccoon Hunting Championship
February or March 2018 Webb WMA Participants are selected by regional Qualifying hunts. For more information, call the Furbearer Project at 803-734-3609 or Webb WMA at 803-625-3569.
Draw Youth Turkey
Saturdays during WMA season Santee Cooper, Donnelley, Bonneau Ferry, Belfast WMA Turkey application process opens online mid-January. Application process closes in late February.
Draw Youth Waterfowl
Saturdays during season Donnelley, Bonneau Ferry WMA, and Clemson WMA Application process opens online September 15.