Hunting & Fishing
Biologists with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and the Service retrieving shad at the base of New Savannah
Bluff Lock & Dam. Credit: Jennifer Koches, USFWS
Most of South Carolina's refuges offer a variety of hunting and fishing
opportunities including Mobility Impaired hunts, youth hunts and fishing
festivals. Refuge rules and regulations are updated regularly and may be subject
to change. For current information on each refuge, please visit their website or
call the refuge office. A brochure containing all hunting and fishing
regulations as well as all necessary permits for the current year are printed
each year around July 1. Hunters are required to carry a signed copy of this
brochure. To request a brochure, send a self-addressed stamped envelope (one
brochure per envelope, please) to the refuge or visit the appropriate refuge
website for a downloadable form.
Currently, waterfowl hunting is only allowed on portions of the ACE Basin and
Savannah NWR's. Plans are being developed for waterfowl hunting upon staffing of
the Waccamaw NWR. Hunting of migratory birds such as ducks and geese is managed
cooperatively by SCDNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Migratory
waterfowl hunters must possess both a State hunting license and a Federal
Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp).
For more information about hunting and fishing in South Carolina, visit
SCDNR's website at: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/.
The two National Fish Hatcheries in South Carolina (Bears Bluff NFH and
Orangeburg NFH) both sponsor special fishing events during set times of the
year. With the exception of these special events, the hatcheries are otherwise
open to the public but closed to fishing.
Other Public Use Opportunities
With eight National Wildlife Refuges and two
National Fish Hatcheries in South Carolina, there are a wealth experiences to be
had year-round. Besides hunting and fishing, some of the other priority uses of
these special places are wildlife observation, photography, environmental
education and interpretation.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Locations in South Carolina