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October 8, 2014Hunters must check deer taken on lower state WMAs
Hunters on state Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lands in Berkeley, Dorchester, and Charleston counties, including the Francis Marion National Forest, need to remember that all deer harvested must be checked in at the nearest deer check station.
Several check stations are located near the Francis Marion National Forest. Alvin One Stop, Jamestown Kangaroo Station, Honey Hill Lookout Tower, and Awendaw Check Station are all open ONLY for the either-sex deer hunt with dogs. These check stations are set up to collect biological information and all deer harvested on the Dec. 13 dog hunt must be checked at one of those specific check stations prior to one hour after legal sunset. Dennis Wildlife Center, Elmwood Check Station (selected hunts only), Handy Mart, Arrowhead Motel & Campground, Village Grocery, Atlantic Game & Tackle, Haddrell’s Point Tackle and Supply and USDA Forest Service Station are all available for checking deer throughout the season.
Check stations near the Moultrie Hunt Unit include: St. Stephen Citgo, Henry’s Bait and Tackle, and Thornhill’s Fish Camp.
The check station for the Dungannon Heritage Preserve WMA in Charleston County is a self-check system. Tags specifically for use only on Dungannon WMA will be located at the sign-in box at the main entrance off of Highway 162.
Deer harvested from the Edisto River WMA must be checked in at one of the two designated sign-out locations located on the management area.
Hunters hunting on Bonneau Ferry WMA in Berkeley County must sign in and sign out at the main entrance located on Highway 402. Deer harvested from the area must be checked in using a special legal tag located in the information box at the main entrance. This tag should only be removed from the information box after harvesting a deer.
Deer hunters hunting on Botany Bay Plantation WMA on Edisto Island must sign in and sign out at the main entrance located off of Botany Bay Rd. Deer harvested from the area must be checked in using a special legal tag located in the information box at the on-site check station.
Operating hours of the local voluntary check stations will vary. Check a 2014-2015 Wildlife Management Area Map for specific times and check station locations.
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