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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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Lots to See and Do Downtown Laurens, South Carolina

Downtown Laurens, South Carolina is a historic community with roots that go back to the mid-18th century. Five roads intersect that lead to a charming and vibrant public square that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While still proud of its history, downtown Laurens is not resting on its laurels and living in the past. The public square is a beehive of activity with more than 140,000 square feet of commercial space housing unique shops, corner cafes, fine dining, and popular pubs.

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Buying Art Directly from the Artisan: Jane Bess Pottery in Edgefield

While leisurely venturing through the Old 96 District of South Carolina, no visit would be truly complete without a stop at Jane Bess Pottery in Edgefield. One of the area’s most beloved artisans, Jane Bess has been conceptualizing and creating distinctly-different functional and display pottery pieces for years.

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The Burt-Stark House-A Walk Back in Time

There’s no shortage of vacation destinations in South Carolina, that’s for sure. Whether you crave culture and crumpets in Charleston, or tee time on the unmatched links of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina can provide a pleasant and memorable vacation. But, if you long for all these things and more, your ideal destination is Old District 96.

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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