Waterfowl Lottery Hunt Information

Hunt Sites & Dates (PDF)

Youth Only Public
Lottery Waterfowl Hunts

Hunt Sites

  1. For all hunt sites, bring only what you can carry.
  2. Transportation and decoys are furnished on Bear Island East, Bear Island West, Bear Island Springfield - The Cut, Sandy Beach, and Broad River WMAs. Transportation only is furnished at Santee Coastal-The Cape, Santee Coastal-Cedar Island, and Santee Coastal-Murphy Island. Hunters will be limited to one bag of decoys per hunt party. Marsh stools are highly recommended.
  3. All sites require moderate physical exertion. Cedar Island, Murphy Island, Cape, Bear Island East, Bear Island West, and Bear Island Springfield - The Cut hunts are very strenuous hunts which includes long walks in pluff mud, long distance paddling in jon boats, and usually hunting in natural vegetation from marsh stools and not from blinds.
  4. Hunting from banks or dikes is NOT allowed.
  5. Chest waders and strong flashlights/headlamps are necessary on all sites.
  6. Report Times: Santee Coastal-Cedar Island and Santee Coastal-Murphy Island report to the main office no later than 4:30am E.S.T. All Bear Island hunt locations shall report in no later than 4:30am E.S.T. Beaverdam WMA report to the check station by 5:30 a.m. E.S.T. All other sites report to the check station by 5:00 a.m.
  7. Shooting hours on all sites are one-half hour before official sunrise to 11:00 a.m.
  8. The use of retrievers is strongly recommended. All dogs must be kept on a leash when not hunting. While hunting, retrievers must remain in close proximity to the hunter except during actual retrieving. Hunters are limited to one dog per party.
  9. Nontoxic shot (steel, bismuth or other Federally approved shot) is required on all areas. Each hunter will be limited to 25 shells; 10 gauge or larger guns are not allowed.
  10. Blinds for mobility impaired hunters may be available. Mobility impaired hunters on all areas where accessible blinds are available are required to call prior to the hunt date and notify area personnel of access needs. Mobility impaired blinds are not available at Bear Island–West, Bear Island– Springfield, Santee Coastal–Cedar Island, and Santee Coastal-Murphy Island.
  11. Geese can be taken at all sites on those dates that fall within the established goose season for that area of the state where your selected hunt site is located.
  12. Alcohol is prohibited. Participation in the hunt constitutes consent to search of persons and their belongings. Any violation of any law or WMA regulation may result in immediate dismissal from the hunt.

Apply for Lottery Hunts

County: Colleton

  • Report to the check station no later than 4:30 a.m. for mandatory orientation. Blinds, decoys and transportation will be provided.

Directions: Proceed on US Hwy 17 in Colleton County to the intersection of State Secondary Road S-15-26 (Bennett's Point Road) located 3 miles east of Green Pond and 8 miles west of Jacksonboro. Continue approximately 13 miles on S-15-26. After crossing the Ashepoo River, proceed approximately 2 miles and turn left into the Bear Island WMA entrance (TiTi Road). Follow this dirt road to the check station.

County:Colleton

  • Report to the check station no later than 4:30 a.m. for mandatory orientation. Blinds, decoys and transportation will be provided.

Directions: Proceed on US Hwy 17 in Colleton County to the intersection of State Secondary Road S-15-26 (Bennett's Point Road) located 3 miles east of Green Pond and 8 miles west of Jacksonboro. Continue approximately 13 miles on S-15-26. After crossing the Ashepoo River, proceed approximately 2 miles and turn left into the Bear Island WMA entrance (TiTi Road). Follow this dirt road to the check station.

County: Colleton

  • Report to the check station no later than 4:30 a.m. for mandatory orientation. Blinds, decoys and transportation will be provided.

Directions: Proceed on US Hwy 17 in Colleton County to the intersection of State Secondary Road S-15-26 (Bennett's Point Road) located 3 miles east of Green Pond and 8 miles west of Jacksonboro. Continue approximately 13 miles on S-15-26. After crossing the Ashepoo River, proceed approximately 2 miles and turn left into the Bear Island WMA entrance (TiTi Road). Follow this dirt road to the check station.

County: Anderson

  • Report to the check station no later than 5:30 AM. Blinds, decoys and transportation will be provided.

Directions: Beaverdam Creek WMA is located near Townville, SC in Anderson County. Take Hwy 24 to Fairplay Road near the Townville Post Office. Go west for 0.1 miles on Fairplay Road. Take the first left (southeast) on Fred Dobbins Road for 1.1 miles. Take the next right (southwest) on McAdams Road for 1 mile. Turn left on the dirt road before the next bridge. Directional signs are posted.

County: Fairfield

  • Report to the check station no later than 5:00 a.m. for mandatory orientation. Blinds, decoys and transportation will be provided.

Directions: The Broad River Waterfowl Area is located just south of Highway 34 in Fairfield County. From Newberry, take the first dirt road to the right after crossing Broad River Bridge. Proceed 1.2 miles and turn right at the Broad River WMA sign. The shed is approximately 0.5 miles past the sign.

County: Berkeley

  • Report to the check station no later than 5:00 a.m. for mandatory orientation. Blinds, decoys and transportation will be provided.

Directions: From St. Stephen, take Hwy 45 West – travel about 8.75 miles. Turn left onto Sandy Beach Road, which is just across from a fire tower. Continue down Sandy Beach Road for 3.75 miles until you get to the equipment shed (along the way you’ll cross the dike at a large power-line right-of-way where the road will jog right then left).

If you are coming from the Cross area, heading East on Hwy 45 toward St. Stephen, your turn-off for Sandy Beach Road will be on your right, about 6.75 miles after you cross the Diversion Canal. Continue down Sandy Beach Road for 3.75 miles until you get to the equipment shed (along the way you’ll cross the dike at a large power-line right-of-way where the road will jog right then left).

County: Georgetown

  • Report to the check station no later than 4:30 a.m. for mandatory orientation. Hunters must furnish decoys. Transportation will be provided. Marsh stools encouraged.

Directions: Proceed on US Hwy 17 south from Georgetown. After crossing the South Santee River Bridge, turn left on the first paved road (South Santee Road). Travel 1.3 miles and turn left on Santee Gun Club Road (dirt road) at the sign indicating Santee Coastal Reserve WMA. Do not turn off of this road. Follow the signs to the check station, a distance of 3.2 miles.

County: Charleston

  • Report to the check station no later than 4:30 a.m. for mandatory orientation. Hunters must furnish decoys. Transportation will be provided. Marsh stools encouraged.

Directions: Proceed on US Hwy 17 south from Georgetown. After crossing the South Santee River Bridge, turn left on the first paved road (South Santee Road). Travel 1.3 miles and turn left on Santee Gun Club Road (dirt road) at the sign indicating Santee Coastal Reserve WMA. Do not turn off of this road. Follow the signs to the check station, a distance of 3.2 miles.

County: Charleston

  • Report to the check station no later than 5:00 a.m. for mandatory orientation. Hunters must furnish decoys. Transportation will be provided. Marsh stools encouraged.

Directions: Proceed on US Hwy 17 south from Georgetown. After crossing the South Santee River Bridge, turn left on the first paved road (South Santee Road). Travel 1.3 miles and turn left on Santee Gun Club Road (dirt road) at the sign indicating Santee Coastal Reserve WMA. Do not turn off of this road. Follow the signs to the check station, a distance of 3.2 miles.

County: Richland

  • Report to the check station no later than 5:00 AM for mandatory orientation. Hunters must furnish decoys. Blinds and transportation will not be provided.

Directions: From Columbia, proceed East on US Highway 378 for approximately 15 miles in Richland County cross over US Highway 601 and continue for another 2 miles until you come to Goodwill Baptist Church. After Goodwill Baptist Church take a left onto Goodwill Road. Continue on Goodwill Road for about 200 yards and the kiosk will be on the right side of the road.


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