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Hunting in SC Old 96 District

White-tailed deer, SC state animal

Designated Hunting Areas

The 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. Contact SCDNR for more information.

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.

Hunting Licenses



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.

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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

For information detailed information on hunting seasons visit or call 866/714-3611

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources –

US Forest Service (803) 637-5396

National Wild Turkey Federation –

Hunting Locations

Gray Court Tract Wildlife Management Area, Dove Rd, Gray Court, SC 29645, United States
The Gray Court Dove Field is approximately 14 acres located off of Dove Road, near Gray Court, in Laurens County. Public Dove Field.
Laurens County
Belfast Wildlife Management Area, Kinards, SC 29355, United States
Located between two sections of Sumter National Forest, Belfast WMA contains a mix of hardwood forest, pine forest and wetlands that provide habitat for a variety of game and non-game species such ...
Laurens County
Highway 28, Clarks Hill, SC 29821, United States
In 1989, James L. Mason bequeathed 1,999 acres to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to be used in perpetuity for wildlife management and outdoor recreation. Mr. Mason and h...
McCormick County
1077 Harpers Ferry Road Iva, SC 29655
McCalla Wildlife Management Area near Iva in Abbeville County is an approximately 5660-acre tract that is the result of an agreement with U.S Army Corps of Engineers, South Carolina Department of P...
Abbeville County
535 Gary Hill Road, Edgefield, SC 29824
The Palmetto Shooting Complex is a premier shooting destination in the Southeast. Already, the facility houses two dedicated sporting clays courses, five trap and skeet fields and the 9,300-square-...
Edgefield County
100 Milford Dairy Road, Abbeville, SC, United States
Located on 100 Milford Dairy Road in Abbeville. (864) 378-1269. Weekly shooting on Sunday afternoons. Group events available.
Abbeville County
33.68778, -82.16167
434 Acres. Hunting is allowed in accordance with Wildlife Management Area regulations.
McCormick County
15171 SC-56, Clinton, SC 29325, United States
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
Laurens County
1665 Milam Road, Clinton, SC, United States
Escape into a quail hunter’s paradise where we strive to restore a southern tradition that dates back to the early 1800’s. At Upland Wings the sportsman by day is challenged by the wits of great fl...
Laurens County
Plum Branch, SC, United States
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. Loc...
McCormick County
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