Hunting in SC

Old 96 District Hunting

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.

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





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.

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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


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 or call 866/714-3611

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources –

US Forest Service (803) 637-5396

National Wild Turkey Federation –

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Discover Hunting Locations

34.5514, -81.9093
276 Acres
Laurens County
Gray Court Tract Wildlife Management Area, Dove Rd, Gray Court, SC 29645, United States
61 Acres
Laurens County
Belfast Wildlife Management Area, Kinards, SC 29355, United States
4,664 Acres
Laurens County
Highway 28, Clarks Hill, SC 29821, United States
1,999 Acres
McCormick County
100 Milford Dairy Road, Abbeville, SC, United States
Located on 100 Milford Dairy Road in Abbeville. (864) 446-7001
Abbeville County
33.68778, -82.16167
434 Acres
McCormick County
20 Work Center Rd, Whitmire, SC 29178, United States
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 ...
Edgefield 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
Laurens County
1946 Hwy 823, Mt Carmel, SC, United States
Turkey, deer and upland bird hunts. Trained dogs available. Located at 1946 Hwy. 823 in Mt. Carmel. (864) 391-5941
McCormick 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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