Waterfowl Hunt Drawing Deadline

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The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 24 for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' annual drawing for public waterfowl hunts on 15 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.

Only one application per hunter is permitted, but up to four people may apply on the same form. Applications can be obtained from DNR offices statewide, by writing Waterfowl Hunt Drawing, DNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202; telephone (803) 734-3886 in Columbia; or visit the DNR Web site at

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/huntapp/05WaterfowlHuntAppl2.pdf

Fifteen waterfowl management areas are included in the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) computer-drawn hunts. More than 1,000 slots for hunters are collectively available this season on the following state waterfowl management areas: Santee Coastal Reserve near McClellanville; Bear Island East and West, and Springfield/The Cut near Green Pond in Colleton County; Santee-Delta (East and West units) and Samworth near Georgetown; Sandy Beach on Lake Moultrie in Berkeley County; Broad River in Fairfield County; and Beaverdam Creek in Anderson County.

Five special waterfowl hunts are included in the computer drawing: the adult-youth hunts at Clemson Waterfowl Area in Fants Grove Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Anderson County, Donnelley WMA in Colleton County, Bonneau Ferry WMA in Berkeley County, Broad River Waterfowl Area in Fairfield County and Santee Coastal-The Cape in Charleston County. To be eligible for the adult-youth hunt, each adult must be accompanied by a youth 10 to 17 years of age, and the youth must participate in the hunt.

All hunters who hunt waterfowl on WMA lands must have in their possession a state hunting license, state duck stamp, federal duck stamp, migratory bird (Harvest Information Program, or HIP) 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. The hunt application fee is $50 per adult hunter, and $20 per youth under age 16 or Junior Sportsman license holder. Fees are returned to unsuccessful applicants.

Completed applications must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 24. 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.