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Designated Hunting Areas

wildlife-management-areasThe Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) were initiated in the 1950’s in Edgefield and McCormick Counties by South Carolina. The WMA program has approximately 1.4 million acres currently available. The major portions of the WMA lands in South Carolina are in the Old 96 District: the Central Piedmont Hunt Unit (Laurens County) and the Western Piedmont Unit (Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood and McCormick Counties). Non-hunters are asked to remember that only US Forest Service lands and those areas marked “WMA” are open to the public.

Sumter National Forest

Located in portions of Abbeville, Edgefield and Greenwood Counties and most of McCormick County, this natural area provides many recreational and sporting opportunities. For information call the US Forest Service at 803/637-5396.

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Wildlife Management Areas

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Clinton Reservoir Tract | 276 Acres
Gray Court Tract | 61 Acres
Historic Belfast Plantation | 4,664 Acres

McCormick County

James L. Mason | 1,999 Acres

McCormick, Edgefield, Greenwood, Abbeville, and Laurens Counties (also extends into Cherokee, Greenville Union, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg counties)

Piedmont | 360,594 acres

McCormick and Edgefield Counties

Stevens Creek Heritage | 434 acres

Edgefield, Abbeville, Greenwood, and McCormick Counties (also Saluda County)

Sumter National Forest Cane Range District | 119,076 Acres

Hunting Licenses

Residents

Non-Residents

Military

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Annual Hunting (small game only) – $125
3-Day Hunting (small game only) – $40
10-Day Hunting (small game only) – $75
WMA Permit – $76
Big Game Permit – $100
Migratory Waterfowl – $5.50
Turkey Tags – Free

Three types of South Carolina hunting licenses are available and pricing is based upon residency – resident, nonresident and military. Children under 16 years of age do not need licenses. All licenses, permits, tags and/or stamps must be in possession while engaging in activities for which documents were issued. Identification, indicating name and address, must also be in possession. Persons hunting on their own lands are also required to have all applicable licenses, permits or stamps in their possession.

For the most current license and permit information visit www.dnr.sc.gov/licensing.html.

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December is Merry in the Old 96 District!

Visiting the Old 96 District in December is a merry experience! Every town and community has a Christmas parade early in December to kick off the holiday season. Some towns have Christmas Tree Lightings, others have light displays. The Abbeville Opera House is performing two holiday offerings – “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show” on December 4-7 and “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” on December 11-13. The Greenwood Community Theatre is presenting “The Christmas Mouse” on December 13-14. Downtown shops conduct sales and discounts from now until Christmas. Be sure and visit the Old 96 District during December for holiday cheer and fun!

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Jane Bess Pottery

Jane Bess continues the art form of potter in her quaint downtown studio. She works with a stoneware clay with the addition of granular manganese added to it that helps her glazes react very nicely. The glazes are food safe because there is no lead or barium in any of her glazes. She says she […]

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South Carolina Department of Natural Resources – www.dnr.sc.gov

US Forest Service (803) 637-5396

National Wild Turkey Federation – www.nwtf.org

sporting-claysSporting clays or clay pigeon shooting is a popular sport and the Old 96 District is home to several full-service sporting clay venues. The Clinton House Plantation offers upland bird and duck hunting, trophy whitetail hunts and spring turkey hunts. In addition, customized hunts are available upon request.

The Clinton House

The Clinton House provides lodging accommodations and meeting space. Meals provided upon request. Facilities are located on SC 56 in Clinton. (864) 833-9013 or visit www.clintonhouse.com.

Harris Springs Sporting Sportsman’s Preserve

Harris Springs is a shooting preserve for sporting clays, gun club events and offers custom-tailored packages. Enjoy the stone lodge, meals and golf privileges. Located on SC19(Harris Springs Road) between Waterloo and Cross Hill. (864) 677-3448 or visit www.harrissprings.com.

Wood Widgeon Sportsman Camp (hunt camp)

Offers 10 sites – 5 with electricity and 5 primitive, catfish farm, fish pond, cabins, separate bathhouse, limited food service, deer processing, creek fishing available to Wood Wigeon campers. Located on State Road 68 off Rt. 283 (1 mile east of SC28/US221) in Plum Branch. (864) 443-5348

Rocky Knoll Sporting Clays

Located on 100 Milford Dairy Road in Abbeville. (864) 446-7001

White Creek Hunting Lodge

Turkey, deer and upland bird hunts. Trained dogs available. Located at 1946 Hwy. 823 in Mt. Carmel. (864) 391-5941

Hunting Seasons

PUBLIC DRAWING HUNTS

The Belfast WMA, on the Historic Belfast Plantation, features 4,664 acres along Highway 56 in Newberry and Laurens counties and is home to WMA turkey draw hunts each April.

Applications can be obtained by writing SCDNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or by calling the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at (803) 734-3886. Applications can also be found online. The application deadline is typically in March each year.

SCDNR manages The Public Drawing Hunts (PDH) program to provide hunting opportunities to the general public on lands managed intensively for wildlife. Questions about hunt applications can be sent to CastineP@dnr.sc.gov.

Deer

Buck Only – October 11-November 29, December 15-January 1

Buck and Doe – October 17-January 1 (Saturdays Only)

Turkey – April 1-May 1

Small Game – September 1-March 1

For information detailed information visit www.dnr.sc.gov or call 866/714-3611

Clinton House Plantation
Upland bird and duck hunting, trophy whitetail hunts and spring turkey hunts. Customized hunts available. Lodge and meeting facility plus additional accommodations. Meals can be provided. Located on SC56 in Clinton. 864/833-9013

Harris Springs Sporting Clays and Shooting Preserve
Gun club, shooting preserve, stone lodge, meals, golf privileges, sporting clays, custom-tailored packages. Located on SC19 (Harris Springs Road) between Waterloo and Cross Hill. 864/677-3448

Wood Widgeon Sportsman Camp (hunt camp)
10 sites – 5 with electricity and 5 primitive, catfish farm, fish pond, cabins, separate bathhouse, limited food service, deer processing, creek fishing available to Wood Wigeon campers.
Located on State Road 68 off Rt. 283 (1 mile east of SC28/US221) in Plum Branch.
(864)443-5348

Rocky Knoll Sporting Clays
Located on 100 Milford Dairy Road in Abbeville. 864/446-7001

White Creek Hunting Lodge
Located at 1946 Hwy. 823 in Mt. Carmel. 864/391-5941