WMA - Waterfowl on Management Areas

Hunting Category I Areas

Hunting on Category I Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only by means of special permit obtained through an annual drawing.

For applications contact: Public Lottery Hunts, SCDNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or your local DNR office.

Area County
Bear Island WMA Colleton
Beaverdam WMA Anderson
Bonneau Ferry WMA Berkeley
Broad River WMA Fairfield
Clemson Anderson
Donnelley WMA Colleton
Sandy Beach WMA Berkeley
Santee Coastal Reserve WMA Charleston
Santee-Delta WMA Georgetown
Samworth WMA Georgetown

Hunting Category II Areas

Hunting on Category II Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only during specified days and times during state waterfowl seasons.


Area Open Dates County
Biedler Impoundment Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Sumter
Carr Creek
(bounded by Samworth WMA)
Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Georgetown
Ditch Pond Wed. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Barnwell
Dunaway Sat. AM only (5:00 AM entry) during the State waterfowl season. Union
Duncan Creek Sat. AM only (5:00 AM entry) during the State waterfowl season. Laurens
Dungannon Wed. AM only (No Hunting from Boardwalk) during the State waterfowl season. Charleston
Enoree River Sat. AM only (5:00 AM entry) during the State waterfowl season. Newberry
Great Pee Dee River HP Wed. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Darlington
Hatchery Sat. AM only and until sunset on last Sat. of regular season. Berkeley
Hickory Top Federal Waterfowl seasons Clarendon
Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir Sat. AM only (5:00 AM entry) during the State waterfowl season. Clarendon
Lake Blalock Wed. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Spartanburg
Lake Cunningham Wed. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Greenville
Lancaster Reservoir Mon. and Fri. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Lancaster
Little Carr Creek (within Samworth WMA) Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Georgetown
Little Pee Dee River Complex Wed. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Marion, Horry
Marsh Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Marion
Monticello Reservoir Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Fairfield
Moultrie Mon. through Sat. during the State waterfowl season. Berkeley
Parr Reservoir Mon. through Sat. during the State waterfowl season. Fairfield
Potato Creek Hatchery Wed. and Sat. only during the State waterfowl season. Clarendon
Russell Creek Wed. and Sat. AM only (5:00 AM entry) during the State waterfowl season. McCormick
Samson Island Unit (Bear Island WMA) Thurs. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Colleton
Santee Cooper Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Orangeburg
Turtle Island Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Jasper
Tyger River Sat. AM only (5:00 AM entry) during the State waterfowl season. Union
Waccamaw River HP Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Horry
Wee Tee Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Williamsburg
Woodbury Wed. and Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Marion
40 Acre Rock Sat. AM only during the State waterfowl season. Lancaster

General Waterfowl Management Area Regulations

Category I and Category II

Hunting on Category I Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only by means of special permit obtained through an annual drawing. For applications contact: Public Lottery Hunts, SCDNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or your local DNR office.

Hunting on Category II Designated Waterfowl Areas is permitted only during specified days and times during state waterfowl seasons.

Designated Waterfowl or Dove Management Areas

Unless specially designated by the SCDNR as a Waterfowl or Dove Management Area, all WMAs and Hunt Units are open during the regular season for hunting and taking of migratory birds except where restricted to special small game seasons within the regular migratory bird framework.

The Department may designate sections of Wildlife Management Areas and other lands and waters under the control of the Department as Designated Waterfowl Management Areas or Designated Dove Management Areas. In addition, the Department may set special shooting hours, bag limits, and methods of hunting and taking waterfowl and doves on those areas. All State and Federal migratory bird laws and regulations apply. Regulations pertaining to the use of Dove Management Areas will be filed annually.

On Designated Waterfowl Areas, no species other than waterfowl may be taken during waterfowl hunts. On Designated Dove Management Areas no species other than doves may be taken during dove hunts. Only dove hunting is allowed at Lake Wallace.

Non Toxic Shell Requirement

On all State-owned, US Forest Service and other Federally owned Category I and II Waterfowl Management Areas each hunter is limited to 25 Federally approved non-toxic shells per hunt.

Hunting From Blinds

On areas where blinds are not provided, only portable blinds which are removed at the conclusion of the hunt or temporary blinds of native vegetation may be used. Temporary blinds once vacated may be used by other hunters.

Fishing Restrictions

No fishing is permitted in any Category 1 Designated Waterfowl Management Area during scheduled waterfowl hunts.

Consent To Search

Entry onto WMA land constitutes consent to an inspection and search of the person, game bag or creel.