Hunting in SC Old 96 District
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.
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.
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.
For information detailed information on hunting seasons visit www.dnr.sc.gov or call 866/714-3611