Archery-Crossbow Hunts to be Held at Santee State Park

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Five archery-crossbow deer hunts will be held this year at Santee State Park in an effort to improve overall herd health and reduce significant deer damage to vegetation inside the park. The deadline for receiving applications is Friday, Aug. 5.

Plans call for five archery-crossbow hunts covering 10 days: Sept. 20-21, Oct.4-5, Oct. 18-19, Nov. 1-2 and Nov. 15-16. Hunters are required to apply in advance by sending their applications to Santee State Park, 251 State Park Road, Santee, SC 29142. Applications will be available after July 1. Applications must be received by Santee State Park prior to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

Detailed application packets, including hunt information, special rules and regulations, licensing and permit requirements and a map will be available at the following locations:

Santee State Park, 251 State Park Road, Santee, SC 29142, (803) 854-2408; and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office, PO Box 167, 1000 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29202, (803) 734-3886.

Santee State Park covers 2,495 acres of mixed pine-hardwood forests with gently rolling terrain and is located along the shores of Lake Marion in Orangeburg County.

Notification to successful applicants should be mailed by Aug. 23. On the opening day of each hunt period, selected hunters must report to a check station to present their hunting license for a daily permit.

Camping and cabins are available at Santee State Park and reservations can be made in advance by calling Santee State Park at (803) 854-2408 or by logging onto