Coastal Archery Opportunity's
Numerous opportunities exist on approximately 387,000 acres
of wildlife management areas (WMA) all along the coast for the archer looking
to harvest a deer this fall.
Along the upper half
of the coast in Horry County, Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve Wildlife
Management Area (HP/WMA), Waccamaw River HP/WMA, and Little Pee Dee HP River
Complex have a combined total of 24,966 acres that include an archery only
season in Sept. and/or Oct. The Santee Coastal Reserve WMA located near
McClellanville offers archery only deer hunting on the mainland during October
Hunters who hunt the
Francis Marion National Forest can exclusively archery hunt the entire area from
September 1–30 (except for scheduled deer hunts with dogs). On the Sewee
Special Use Area located in the Wambaw WMA, only archers may hunt deer
throughout the entire specified season, which lasts four months. Bowhunting may
also be conducted any time deer hunting is allowed (except on days scheduled
for deer hunting with dogs) on any of the wildlife management areas within the
Francis Marion National Forest.
Bonneau Ferry WMA,
located off of Highway 402 in Berkeley County, is open for archery hunting (Side
A of the property) during specified dates in September with another archery
only season scheduled in November. Be sure to read all pertinent regulations
which are located at the entrance to the property.
Botany Bay Plantation
WMA/HP, located off of Hwy 174 on Edisto Island, will offer exclusive archery
hunting opportunities at various times during the months of September thru
The Edisto River WMA
in Dorchester County is available for archery hunting during selected days in
September. In Colleton County, archery hunts are scheduled on Bear Island in
October, and are scattered throughout the months of October, November, and
December on Donnelley WMA. Bowhunting opportunities also exist in Hampton and
Jasper counties on Palachucola WMA and Tillman Sand Ridge HP/WMA. Hamilton
Ridge WMA in Hampton County offers archery several archery hunts at various
times during the months of September thru December.
only areas exist on numerous areas throughout the entire Region. Cartwheel Bay
HP/WMA in Horry County allows archery hunting only. Opportunities in Georgetown
County for archers to harvest deer exist on Samworth WMA (impoundments only)
and Santee Delta WMA. The Hall WMA, Hatchery WMA (islands in the Hatchery
itself), and Porcher WMA, are archery only for the entire deer season. These
areas are located along the Lake Moultrie shoreline, the Diversion Canal and
include some of the nearby islands located in Lake Marion. Another archery only
area is Dungannon HP/WMA located in Charleston County off of Highway 162.
Exclusive archery hunting is also provided in Colleton and Beaufort counties
with hunts on Otter, Ashe, Beet, Warren, Big, and South Williman Islands on the
St. Helena Sound HP/WMA, Old Island HP/WMA, along with hunts on Victoria Bluff
A three day draw
archery deer hunt will be conducted on Webb Wildlife Center in November.
Applications for this hunt are due September 6 and can be found on the DNR
Many of the above
mentioned areas offer a good opportunity to harvest a hog as well as a deer.
One should note that all Wildlife Management Area regulations apply, including
hunter orange requirements if archery hunting during specified gun hunts.
Specific season dates and bag limits for these WMA’s can be found in the
2013-2014 Rules and Regulations brochure or online.