Drawing Deadline Aug. 26 for DNR Public Deer Hunts

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The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 26 for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' annual drawing for public deer hunts on six state-managed areas. A random computer drawing using a preference point system will take place in the department's Columbia office to select successful applicants.

Hunters who applied for the hunts last year will automatically receive an application in the mail for this year's hunts.

Applications for these public deer hunts can be obtained from DNR offices statewide, by writing DNR Public Drawing Hunts, Attn: Deer Hunts, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202; telephone (803) 734-3886 in Columbia; or visit the DNR Web site at http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/

This year, six management areas will be included in the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) computer-drawn hunts. More than 1,350 slots for hunters are collectively available this season on the following state management areas: Webb Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Hampton County, Donnelley WMA in Colleton County, Palachucola WMA in Hampton County, Santee Cooper WMA in Orangeburg County, Bonneau Ferry in Berkeley County, and Fant's Grove WMA in Anderson County.

A special mobility impaired hunt is also included in the computer drawing.

All hunters who hunt on Wildlife Management Area lands must have in their possession a valid hunting license, big game permit and WMA permit. A one-day WMA permit is available only for the designated hunt drawing, only to South Carolina residents and only at the time of application. The $5.50 cost of the one-day permit must be included with the hunt drawing application fee. Application fees are $100 per hunter for the Webb WMA Hunt and $25 per hunter for Donnelley, Palachucola, Santee Cooper, Bonneau Ferry and Fant's Grove WMA Hunts. The special Mobility Impaired Hunt is $10 per hunter. Fees are refunded to unsuccessful applicants.

Completed applications must be received in the DNR's Columbia office no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26. Applications must be received through the mail or in person; no fax applications will be accepted. Applications may be delivered to Room 255 of the Rembert C. Dennis Building at 1000 Assembly St. in Columbia. Once hunters are drawn, permits are non-transferable. Cancellations by hunters drawn will not be refunded; canceled slots will be filled by random selection of applicants who were not drawn.