Hunting & Fishing on Santee NWR
Hunting on the Refuge
Credit: Susan Heisey - USFWS
Hunting is permitted on the Refuge during Refuge-designated seasons. Deer and small game (raccoon/opossum) seasons are scheduled yearly. For complete information, download the Hunt Brochure by clicking on the link below.
Family, Friends, & Kids Bluff Unit Hunts October 3,4,10 & 11, 2014
The Santee NWR will be hosting special lottery deer hunts on the Bluff Unit this fall. Legal weapons for these hunts include muzzle loading rifles (black powder rifles) or shotguns with slugs. The hunts will take place on Friday October 3rd, Saturday October 4th, Friday October 10th, and Saturday October 11th in the afternoons only. Up to 15 applicants will be randomly selected for each hunt date. Applications must be received by August 31st, 2014. Lottery winners will be announced by September 15th. To be eligible, each hunting party must include a youth (17 years of age or younger) and an adult at least 21 years old with a valid hunting license. Anyone born after June 30, 1979 must have completed a hunter education course to hunt/discharge a weapon on the refuge, including youth under the age of 17. Fixed, two-person ladder stands will be provided for hunters with both the youth and accompanying adult hunting from the same stand. Travel to and from the designated deer stands will be provided by refuge staff and all parties are to stay in their respective stands until refuge staff arrives for the end of the hunt.
“Family, Friends, and Kids” hunts are designed to encourage adults to share an outdoor experience with kids by bringing a child hunting with them. The following rules apply for the special Family, Friends, and Kids hunt:
- Both the adult and youth may possess a firearm and harvest deer.
- Eligible hunting parties must include one adult and one youth.
- For the child to harvest a deer, they must be between 10-17 years of age, have a valid hunter education certificate, and be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 16 or 17 must be properly licensed.
- Children under 10 years of age or older youth without a valid hunter education certificate are still welcome to participate, but will not be allowed to possess or discharge a firearm. However, adults may harvest deer.
- Adults must be over 21 years of age and have a valid hunting license.
- Valid hunting license and hunter education card (if required) should be in the hunter’s possession while hunting on the refuge.
- Hunters are permitted to take feral hogs as an incidental take during this hunt.
All participants must check in at the refuge Visitor Center no later than 2:30 p.m. on the day(s) of your scheduled hunt. If you are not present and checked in by 2:30 pm, your hunting opportunity will be given up to standby participants.
The Visitor Center is located 8 miles south of Summerton on U. S. Hwy. 15/301 (exit 102 off of Interstate 95). Items you will need to bring include: a shotgun with slug ammunition or a muzzle loading rifle, bug spray, flashlight, an orange hat and vest, hunting license if you are 16 and older, and proof of hunter education. If a hunter does not bring the proper orange required, they will not be permitted to hunt.
Fishing on the Refuge
All areas open to boating are also open to fishing, as well as the Scott's Lake Public Fishing Beach. These areas produce largemouth bass, catfish and bream. All Federal and State regulations are in effect. For more information, download brochure here or pick one up at the Refuge Visitor Center.
- Visitor Center: Normal hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 8:00AM – 4:00PM. Stop by the visitor center for more information about hunting and fishing on the Refuge.
- The Refuge is open to the public from sunrise until sunset, except for the Cuddo Unit which has an automatic gate with hours that vary throughout the year.
Any attempt to kill, capture, disturb, harass, or take alligators within the boundaries of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is strictly prohibited. This includes the portion of Lake Marion which falls within the boundaries of the Santee NWR. No firearms, bangsticks, or explosives are allowed within the boundaries of the Santee NWR for the purpose of hunting alligators.
For maps showing the boundaries of the Santee NWR and for additional information on upland game hunts, please follow this link: Click here for MAP
For information on the SC Alligator Hunts, please visit the SCDNR website: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/alligator/index.html