Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region


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Hunting on the Refuge...

Waccamaw NWR requires all hunters to possess a signed Refuge hunting brochure, a state hunting license, & abide by all state hunting & harvest regulations. Hunting brochures & maps are available at our Visitor Center free of charge. The brochure serves as a hunting permit and must be signed and carried with the hunter at all times while hunting. Hunting on dedicated public use areas such as the Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area is prohibited. If you are unsure about an area, contact the Refuge staff for assistance. Refer to the Refuge Hunting Regulations Brochure below for additional information and regulations.

A printable version of the Refuge Hunting Permit and Hunting and Fishing Regulations is available below and can be used as a valid hunting permit. You can also pick one up from our Visitor Center or have one mailed to you.

Hunting Permit & Regulations



Credit: USFWS


Waccamaw National Widlife Refuge offers a variety of hunting opportunities for white-tailed deer, feral hog, turkey, squirrel, raccoon, opossum, snipe, woodcock, & waterfowl in accordance with state regulations and seasons. Big game hunting, primarily for white-tailed deer has been a traditional recreational use in the local area and on the Refuge. Deer harvest is essential to maintaining the herd's overall health and for protection of sensitive habitats. The Refuge allows hunting of white-tailed deer with archery, muzzle loader, and modern weapons. Turkey hunting is allowed on the Refuge in Unit 1 for adult-youth pairs only.

Hunting feral hogs is also permitted on Waccamaw NWR. This extremely invasive non-native species is found on all three Refuge hunting units. Feral hogs can harbor several infectious diseases, some of which may be fatal to native wildlife. They degrade wildlife habitat by rooting and wallowing. Damage includes erosion along waterways and wetlands and the loss of native plants. Additionally, feral hogs compete directly for food with native species, such as deer, bears, turkeys, squirrels, and many other birds & mammals. Furthermore, they are predators of reptiles, small mammals, and deer fawns, as well as ground-nesting birds such as turkeys.


White-tailed Deer

White-tailed deer; Credit: USFWS


Small game hunting for snipe, gray squirrel, raccoon, & opossum is permitted in designated areas with seasonal regulations that may vary by Refuge units.

Waterfowl hunting has traditionally concentrated around the managed wetlands and rice fields which often attract large concentrations of wintering waterfowl. Waterfowl hunting on Refuge-owned lands is limited to Wednesdays and Saturdays until 12 p.m. in bottomland hardwood habitats located along the Great Pee Dee River within Unit 1. Waterfowl hunting on public waters throughout the Refuge is monitored by the South Carolina DNR..


Mallard Drake

Mallard Drake; Credit: USFWS



Fishing on the Refuge...


Fishing at sunrise

Credit: USFWS


The rivers surrounding Waccamaw NWR provide excellent year-round opportunities for recreational fishing. Freshwater fishes such as Largemouth bass, Redbreast sunfish, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Warmouth, Pumpkinseed, Black crappie, Chain pickerel, Redfin, pickerel, Bowfin, & numerous species of catfish are all highly sought after by anglers in this blackwater river system. The Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw, & Black Rivers all combine to provide an unimpeded tidal freshwater estuary full of life.


Most fishing is done from boats in the surrounding waters around the Refuge. There are several public and private boat launches along the Great Pee Dee River & Waccamaw Rivers. The Refuge does not have its own boat launching facilities. Bank fishing on Refuge-owned property is allowed; however, access to these opportunities is limited. There is not a special Refuge fishing license, however, all fishermen must abide by state license requirements and harvest regulations. Please refer to the Refuge Hunting Permit and Hunting and Fishing Regulations brochure above for more information & license requirements. Additionally, visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website.



Flathead catfish

Flathead catfish; Duane Raver

Largemouth bass

Largemouth bass; Duane Raver


Bluegill; Duane Raver

Redear sunfish

Redear sunfish; Duane Raver

















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Last updated: September 1, 2015
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