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September 24, 2012

509-acre Cliff Pitts wildlife area dedicated in Laurens County

The new Cliff Pitts Wildlife Management Area in western Laurens County offers a variety of recreational experiences, including hunting and fishing along the 1.8 miles of river frontage on the Reedy River.

A dedication ceremony for the 509-acre property near Boyd Mill Pond was held Monday, Sept. 24. The Cliff Pitts Wildlife Management Area (WMA) was purchased by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Fall 2011 with the strong support of state Rep. Michael A. Pitts and the Laurens County Legislative Delegation.

"It can be difficult to find public lands today where you can hunt and fish," said Rep. Pitts. "This property was named after my grandfather and he was an outdoors mentor to many kids. He would be proud this land will ensure access to hunting and fishing for future generations."

DNR agency director Alvin Taylor noted the conservation benefits at Cliff Pitts WMA, "The area provides excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife species such as birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. In addition to traditional hunting and fishing opportunities, the property is open for nature walking as well as wildlife observation and photography. SCDNR is committed to continuing to provide opportunities for the citizens of South Carolina to continue to enjoy our state's rich natural resources."

Cliff Pitts WMA, accessed from SC Highway 252 and Armstrong Road, is 5 miles northeast of Ware Shoals and 10.5 miles southwest of Laurens. The WMA features pine and mixed hardwood habitat and includes about 20 acres of open land. Much of the open land has been planted with wildlife foods this year and a public dove field will be opened next year. The entire area provides good hunting opportunities for wildlife species such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey and small game species like squirrel, rabbit, mourning dove and bobwhite quail. Furbearers such as raccoon, fox, bobcat and coyote may also be found on the area.

The WMA also features about 1.8 miles of scenic frontage on the Reedy River that offers opportunities for fishing and paddling. Fishing from the bank during the daytime is available year-round. A public bank fishing access point to the river has been established where anglers can drive in to a small parking area. The Reedy River near this parking area has gently sloping banks, easy walking and deep water but because the parking area is very small, boats cannot be launched at this site.

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