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CHAPTER 123.

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Sections 50-1-200, 50-1-210, 50-11-310, 50-11-335, 50-11-350, 50-11-390, 50-11-500, 50-11-520, 50-11-530, 50-11-2200 and 50-11-2210.)

ARTICLE 1.

BOATING DIVISION

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Sections 50-21-610, 50-21-710)

123-1. Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971; Inland Navigation Rule Act; International Navigation Rules Act of 1977 Adopted.

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Sections 1-23-120, 50-21-610)

Those portions of the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971 (86 STAT. 213; 46 USC 1451, et seq. as amended) concerning boat construction, associated equipment, performance and operation, safety, standard numbering and registration and the Federal Rules and Regulations adopted pursuant thereto and those portions of the Inland Navigation Rules Act (94 STAT. 3415; 33 USC 2001 et seq. as amended); and the International Navigation Rules Act of 1977 (91 STAT. 308; 33 USCS 1601 et seq. as amended), concerning required equipment, vessel operation and safety and the Federal Rules and Regulations adopted pursuant thereto are hereby declared to be the law of this State.

123-2. Accident Reports.

The operator of every vessel involved in a boating accident shall file a report in writing whenever the accident results in loss of life, loss of consciousness, medical treatment or disability in excess of 24 hours, or property damage in excess of two hundred (200.00) dollars.

Reports in death and injury cases shall be submitted within forty-eight (48) hours; reports in other cases are required within five (5) days.

In the case of a reportable accident the operator of any vessel involved shall file the report with the S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Division of Boating.

Those having to file accident reports may obtain forms from Division of Boating, S.C.W.M.R.D.

123-3. Lights.

Every vessel at anchor, whether occupied or not, shall display anchor lights between official sunset and sunrise. Except, that anchor lights do not have to be displayed on a vessel anchored in a "special anchorage area" designated as such by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U. S. Coast Guard or the S. C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department.

123-4. Rule and Regulation Adopting Certain Federal Rules and Regulations.

All aids to navigation and regulatory markers erected by the Corps of Engineers on the Atlantic Intra-coastal Waterway pursuant to Federal Law are hereby declared to be S.C.W.M.R.D. aids to navigation and regulatory markers pursuant to Section 50-21-710 of the 1976 Code, and are hereby declared to be the law of this State.

123-5. Renewal of Certificates of Numbers.

Certificates of Number are void after the dates of expiration thereon.

A number not renewed as prescribed by Section 50-21-370 of the 1976 Code, may be renewed after the expiration date of the Certificate of Number if the renewal application is received within one year from the date of expiration as shown on the Certificate of Number.

Each renewal Certificate of Number shall be valid for a period ending three years from the date of expiration of the certificate renewed.

A renewal application received more than a year after the date of expiration of the Certificate of Number shall be treated in the same manner as an application for an original number.

123-6. How Vessel to be Numbered.

1. No person may use a vessel unless it has a number issued on a certificate of number and the number displayed must:

(1) Be painted on or permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the vessel except as allowed by paragraph 2 or required by paragraph 3 of this rule;

(2) Be in plain vertical block characters of not less than 3 inches in height;

(3) Contrast with the color of the background and be distinctly visible and legible;

(4) Have spaces or hyphens that are equal to the width of a letter other than "I" or a number other than "1" between the letter and number groupings (Example: DC 5678 EF or DC-5678-EF, and

(5) Read from left to right.

2. When a vessel is used by a manufacturer or by a dealer for testing or demonstrating, the number may be painted on or attached to removable plates that are temporarily but firmly attached to each side of the forward half of the vessel.

3. On vessels so configured that a number on the hull or superstructure would not be easily visible, the number shall be painted on or attached to a backing plate that is attached to the forward half of the vessel so that the number is visible from each side of the vessel.

123-7. Vessel Registration.

1. In order to operate on waters of this state a vessel shall be registered and numbered in the owner's name within thirty (30) days from the date it was purchased.

2. In order to operate a vessel on the waters of this State during such thirty (30) day period the operator shall have in his possession the Bill of Sale or the Certificate of Title for the vessel.

123-9. Display of Decals Bearing Title Number.

1. A decal issued by the S.C.W.M.R.D., Division of Administrative Services, when the outboard motor is titled pursuant to Title 50, Chapter 23, of the 1976 Code, bearing the title number of the outboard motor, shall be affixed to the starboard side of the outboard motor cover.

2. A decal issued by the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Division of Administrative Services, when the watercraft is titled pursuant to Title 50, Chapter 23, of the 1976 Code, bearing the title number of the unregistered watercraft, shall be affixed to the right starboard outboard side of the transom within six inches of the top of the transom right above the waterline, or if there is no transom then affixed to the starboard outboard side of hull, aft, within one foot of the stern and within six inches of the top of the hull side, gunwale or hull/deck joint, whichever is lowest. On catamarans and pontoon boats with replaceable hulls, to the aft crossbeam, within eighteen (18) inches of the starboard hull attachment. Decal should not cover the hull identification number.

123-10. Restriction of Watercraft in Certain Areas.

The use of watercraft shall be restricted in certain areas of the waters of the State of S.C. when the Director determines that such restriction is necessary in the interest of public safety.

The regulated areas shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers.

Such signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the U.S. Coast Guard and to the systems of uniform waterway markers approved by the advisory panel of State officials to the Merchant Marine Council, U.S. Coast Guard, in October 1961.

No city, county, agency or person shall attempt to regulate the waters of this State by the use of the above mentioned signs and markers.

123-11. Garden City Canal (Murrel's Inlet Area)--Restriction of Watercraft.

The use of watercraft will be restricted in the waters in the Garden City Canal, in the Murrels Inlet Area, of Georgetown County and Horry County, S.C. The Garden City Canal begins at a point on Main Creek (near the Mouth of Murrells Inlet), runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean to a point on the highway and causeway from the mainland to Garden City (S.C. Highway Number 26-51), and runs parallel to such highway and causeway to a point on Main Creek near the bridge of S.C. Highway Number 26-51.

No person shall water ski or ride on a surfboard or similar object in the Garden City Canal except during the time of each day from one and one-half (1 1/2 ) hours before and after the mean high tide of the Garden City Canal. There shall not be any water skiing on any such object outside of the wake of the boat pulling the water skier.

The regulated areas of Garden City Canal shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the U.S. Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the advisory panel of State officials to the Merchant Marine Council, U.S. Coast Guard, in October 1961.

123-12. Orange Canal, French Quarter Creek--Restriction of Watercraft.

The use of watercraft will be restricted in the waters in Orange Canal, a tributary of French Quarter Creek, Berkeley County, S.C. The restricted or controlled area shall begin at the mouth of Orange Canal (where Orange Canal empties into French Quarter Creek) and shall extend to where Orange Canal flows under the bridge at S.C. Highway No. S.898.

No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area of Orange Canal at any speed that will produce a wake.

The regulated area of Orange Canal shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the U.S. Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the advisory panel of State officials to the Merchant Marine Council, U.S. Coast Guard.

123-13. Saluda Lake (Jerry's Cove)--Restriction of Watercraft.

The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Saluda Lake, in the Saluda River, Greenville County. The restricted or controlled area shall be the cove known as Jerry's Landing Cove, or Saluda Lake Motor Boat Club Cove, and shall include the entire Cove from Jerry's Landing to six thousand (6,000') feet from Jerry's Landing.

No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area of Jerry's Landing Cove, or Saluda Lake Motor Boat Club Cove, at any speed that will produce a wake.

The regulated area of Jerry's Landing Cove, or Saluda Lake Motor Boat Club Cove, shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the U.S. Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the advisory panel of State officials to the Merchant Marine Council, U.S. Coast Guard.

123-14. Lake Marion (Cantey Bay)--Restriction of Watercraft.

The use of watercraft will be restricted in the waters in a 318 acre area on the west side of Cantey Bay, Lake Marion, Clarendon County, S.C., from 1 November through 15 March of each year. The restricted or controlled area lies north of U.S. Highway Numbers 15 and 301, on the west side of Cantey Bay, and adjacent to the Bluff Unit of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. For a more detailed description as to the courses, metes and bounds of the area herein restricted, reference may be had to the plat prepared by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, entitled "Santee National Wildlife Refuge", showing an enclosed area of 318 acres within "Cantey Bay", and with the Legend "Area closed to boat traffic from November 1 to March 15 each year".

No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled 318 acre area of Cantey Bay, Clarendon County, S.C., from 1 November through 15 March of each year.

The regulated area of Cantey Bay shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the U.S. Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the advisory panel of State officials to the Merchant Marine Council, U.S. Coast Guard. The regulated area lines will be posted with standard "Closed Area" signs during that period of the year when boat use is prohibited.

123-15. Ashepoo River.

The use of watercraft will be restricted in certain portions of the waters of the Ashepoo River, Colleton County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall begin at the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad trestle on the Ashepoo River and shall extend to the mouth of Horseshoe Creek.

No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area of Ashepoo River at any speed that will produce a wake.

The regulated area of Ashepoo River shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the U.S. Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the advisory panel of State officials to the Merchant Marine Council U.S. Coast Guard.

123-16. Lake Hartwell.

All aids to navigation and regulatory markers erected by the Corps of Engineers on Lake Hartwell pursuant to Federal Law are hereby declared to be S.C.W.M.R.D. aids to navigation and regulatory markers pursuant to Section 50-21-710, 1976 S.C. Code of Laws, and are hereby declared to be the law of the State.

123-18. Lake Marion (Pine Island Unit) (Cantey Bay).

Watercraft is restricted in certain portions of Lake Marion in Clarendon County from November 1 to February 28 of each year, except property owners and leasees adjacent to Cantey Bay with special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The controlled area shall include a section of the Pine Island Unit, and an area between 100 Acre Island and Round Island.

(For a complete text, see copy on file in the office of the Secretary of State.)

123-19. No Wake Zones.

No wake zones are created in certain portions of the waters of Lake Marion (Rowland's Subdivision Cove, Brown's Camp Cove, Birch Branch Cove, Polly Cantey Pond, Phillip's Cove, Poplen Creek), The Beaufort River, Big Bay Creek, Broad Creek, Lake Murray (Wells Marina, Adams Bridge, Little Hollow Creek Bridge, Big Hollow Creek Bridge, Big Hollow Creek Wooden Bridge, SCE & G Park Launching Ramp Number Seven, Johnson's Marina Cove), Lake Moultrie (Jack's Hole Cove), Wateree Lake (Beaver's Creek Bridge, Wateree Creek Bridge, Taylor's Creek Bridge, Dutchman's Creek Bridge, Colonel's Creek Bridge, Wateree Marina), Foster Creek, Lake Wylie (Moores Landing Marina), Lake Greenwood (Cothram's Bridge), Old Town Creek, Jeremy Creek.

(Those interested in the complete text of any of the regulations creating such no wake zones are referred to the copies on file in the office of the Secretary of State.)

123-19.1. Lake Moultrie (Lions Beach)--Restriction of Watercraft.

The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Moultrie, Berkeley County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be all waters within the swimming area at Lions Beach indicated on the attached map.

No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area.

The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

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123-19.2. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portions of Waters of Lake Murray, Lexington County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Murray, Lexington County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be a portion of the cove on the east side of Pine Island, indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed hereby all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.3. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portions of Waters of Shem Creek, Charleston County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Shem Creek, Charleston County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Mt. Pleasant as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.4. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portions of Waters of Lake Murray, Lexington County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Murray, Lexington County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be the waters surrounding the Lakeside Marina facilities as shown on attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed hereby all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.6. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portions of the Waters of Lake Marion, Orangeburg County, South Carolina.

That a NO WAKE ZONE is created in the Eutaw Springs area of the waters of Lake Marion, Orangeburg County, South Carolina, more specifically described in the map attached hereto and made a part hereof.

That said NO WAKE ZONE shall be identified by the placement of appropriate signs and markers.

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123-19.7. Restrictions on the Use of Watercraft in the Waters of a Certain Portion of Goose Creek, Berkeley County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Goose Creek, Berkeley County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Dominion Hills Subdivision as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.8. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in a Certain Portion of the Water of Wappoo Creek, Charleston County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Wappoo Creek, Charleston County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Parkwood Heights Extension as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.9. Modification of a No Wake Zone in the Lake Murray Marina Area, Lake Murray, Richland County, South Carolina.

1. That the original No Wake Zone established on July 26, 1972, on Lake Murray Marina, Lake Murray, Richland County, South Carolina be modified so as to extend the placement of buoy "A" in a Northeasterly direction approximately 125 feet; and

2. That the annexed area encompassed by the above modified placement of buoy "A" is hereby declared to be included in the No Wake Zone at said area.

123-19.10. Restrictions on the Use of Watercraft in Certain Portions of the Waters of Black River, Williamsburg County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Black River, Williamsburg County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Scout Cabin as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.11. Restrictions as to Use of Watercraft Within Certain Areas of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company Public Park No. 1.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Murray, Lexington County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be all waters within the swimming area at South Carolina Electric and Gas Company Public Part No. 1.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

123-19.12. Restrictions as to Use of Watercraft Within Boat Launching Ramp at Dreher Island State Park.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Murray, Newberry County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be all waters within the cove at Dreher Island State Park boat launching ramp.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

123-19.13. Restrictions as to Use of Watercraft in Certain Areas of Durham Creek.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters on Durham Creek, Berkeley County, South Carolina near Secondary Road 9 and Clyde Umphlett public boat landing, more specifically described in the map attached hereto and made a part hereof is hereby declared to be a SLOW TO NO WAKE ZONE:

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and makers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

123-19.14. Restriction as to Use of Watercraft Within Swimming Area of Dreher Island State Park.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Murray, Newberry County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be all waters within the swimming area at Dreher Island State Park.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

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123-19.15. Restrictions as to Use of Watercraft Within Certain Areas of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company Public Park No. 3.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Murray, Lexington County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be all waters within one hundred yards of the South Carolina Electric and Gas Company Public Park No. 8 boat launching ramp.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

123-19.16. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portions of the Waters of Lake Marion, Clarendon County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Marion, Clarendon County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Taw Caw Creek as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.17. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Waters of Ashley River, Charleston County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Ashley River, Charleston County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.18. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Waters of Lake Wylie, Near Commodore Yacht Club, York County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Wylie, near Commodore Yacht Club, York County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.19. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Waters of Lake Keowee called Lake Keowee Marina, Oconee County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Keowee called Lake Keowee Marina, Oconee County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.20. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft on Certain Portion of Wappoo Creek, Charleston County, South Carolina.

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Wappoo Creek, Charleston County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.21. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Lake Russell and Savannah River, Abbeville County, South Carolina.

1. The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Russell and the Savannah River at Richard B. Russell Dam, Abbeville County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be all waters 225 feet upstream and 975 feet downstream of the Richard B. Russell Dam.

2. No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

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123-19.22. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Kiawah River, Charleston, South Carolina.

1. The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Kiawah River, Charleston County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be all waters within one hundred yards of the Kiawah Island Docking Facility.

2. No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform water--way markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

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123-19.23. Pack's Landing Area of Waters of Lake Marion, Sumter County, Declared No Wake Zone.

1. The Pack's Landing area of the waters of Lake Marion, Sumter County, South Carolina is hereby declared to be a No Wake Zone.

2. The No Wake Zone shall be identified by the placement of appropriate signs and markers.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.24. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Waters of Lake Marion, Orangeburg County, South Carolina.

1. The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Marion, Orangeburg County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Santee Cooper Resort Cove and shall include the entire cove.

2. No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina Shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.25. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Waters on Lake Keowee, Pickens County, South Carolina.

1. The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters on Lake Keowee, Pickens County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the Gap Hill area.

2. No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.26. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Lake Murray, Newberry County, South Carolina.

1. The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Lake Murray, Newberry County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be all waters within one hundred fifty yards of the marina docking facilities at Dreher Island State Park.

2. No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-19.27. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portions of Scott Creek, Colleton County, South Carolina.

1. The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Scott Creek, Colleton County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled areas shall be in the area of Scott Creek as indicated on the attached map.

2. No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the States Official to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

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123-19.28. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Battery Creek, Beaufort County, South Carolina

1. That the use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Battery Creek, Beaufort County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Battery Creek as indicated on the attached map.

2. That no person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. That the regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the States Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. That except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

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123-19.29. Restriction on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Parsonage Creek, Murrells Inlet, Georgetown County, South Carolina.

1. The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Parsonage Creek, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Parsonage Creek as indicated on the attached map.

2. No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

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123-19.30. Restriction on Use of Watercraft in Certain Portion of Morgan Creek, Charleston County, South Carolina.

1. The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Morgan Creek, Charleston County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Morgan Creek as indicated on the attached map.

2. No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

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123-19.31. Restrictions on Use of Watercraft in a Certain Portion of Stono River, Charleston County, South Carolina.

1. The use of watercraft will be restricted in a certain portion of the waters of Stono River, Charleston County, South Carolina. The restricted or controlled area shall be in the area of Stono River as indicated on the attached map.

2. No person shall operate any vessel in the restricted or controlled area at any speed that will produce a wake.

3. The regulated area shall be identified by appropriate signs and markers. The signs and markers shall conform to the system of aids to navigation prescribed by the United States Coast Guard and to the system of uniform waterway markers approved by the Advisory Panel of the State Officials to the Merchant Marine Council, United States Coast Guard.

4. Except as modified or changed, hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

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123-19.32. State Waterways Uniform Marking System

Pursuant to Section 50-21-710 which requires that a uniform marking system of state waterways be compatible with the system prescribed by the United States Coast Guard for the marking of state waters; and the United States Coast Guard having promulgated the system known as the Uniform State Waterway Marking System for the marking of State waterways (33CFR66); and, the State being the recipient of Federal Boating Funds under a program requiring the marking of state waters with aids to navigation, a federal grant program of the type described in Section 1-23-120, Code of Laws of South Carolina (1976) as amended.

The Uniform State Waterway Marking System, as described in 33CFR66, is adopted to be the system used to mark the waters of this State in compliance with Section 50-21-710.

ARTICLE 2.

MARINE RESOURCES DIVISION

123-20. Fishing With a Channel Net.

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Sections 50-5-110, 50-17-1020, 50-17-1590)

The following requirements shall apply to all fixed or stationary nets having a mesh size of less than two and one-half inches stretch mesh used in coastal waters and shall include, but not be limited to, shrimp channel or set nets (defined as conical bag-shaped nets similar in design to a trawl net, which is attached to poles, stakes, buoys or other fixed objects and which is not pulled by a boat), butterfly nets, frame nets, bag nets, trawl nets and any other conical or bag-shaped nets which are attached to poles, stakes, buoys anchored vessels or other fixed objects; provided, however, that shrimp or crab drop nets, and elver fyke nets, shall not be subject to these regulations:

1. Any person using a channel net as defined by S. C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department Regulation 123-20 or other fixed or stationary net described above in any of the saltwaters of this State shall first obtain and have in possession a valid permit issued by the Marine Resources Division;

2. Each net used under the provisions of this rule and regulation must have a valid license as required under Section 50-17-130;

3. The width and mesh size of any channel net or other stationary net included under this rule and regulation must conform to the provisions of this Section 50-17-420, S. C. Code of Laws;

4. No channel or set net may be operated from a shrimp trawler or any other boat under a duly issued channel net permit;

5. No channel net or other stationary net used under authority of this rule and regulation may be set within two hundred (200) feet of a net previously set as provided in Section 50-17-450, S. C. Code of Laws.

6. Any channel net or other stationary net included under this rule and regulation left unattended must be marked with a sign or buoy having the name, address and permit number of the owner thereon;

7. Any channel net set at night must be marked by a white light clearly visible from a distance of one quarter of a mile.

8. Any person who obtains a permit under the provisions of this rule and regulation is required to keep a daily catch record on forms prescribed and provided by the Division.

9. The issuance of channel net or other stationary net permits hereunder is subject to the regulations of the S. C. Department of Highways and Public Transportation, U. S. Coast Guard and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

10. Channel nets or other stationary nets may be used only in those areas and at those times prescribed by the Marine Resources Division and the operation of such nets in any area or at any time not so authorized is illegal.

11. The penalty for violation of the provisions of this rule and regulation or the statutes upon which it was promulgated shall be as prescribed in Section 50-17-450, S. C. Code of Laws as Amended, and in addition the permit issued said violation may be suspended or revoked by the Marine Resources Division.

12. Except as specifically modified or changed hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning fishing and boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-21. Operation of Crab Pots.

1. Every crab pot, trap, float or buoy shall be marked with the license number issued by the Division.

2. No crab pot or trap shall be placed in any stream, creek or river within one hundred (100) yards of a public boat ramp or launching area.

3. No crab pot or trap shall be so set so as to be left dry at low water.

4. No glass bottles, jugs or metal cans shall be used as floats or buoys for crab traps or pots.

5. No crab pot or trap shall be abandoned, or left unattended, in coastal waters for more than five (5) days. The finding of any crab pot or trap with dead or decomposing crabs, or the finding of excessive marine growth on the trap, line or buoy shall be sufficient grounds for confiscation.

6. Any crab trap or pot found in violation of these regulations shall be confiscated.

7. The penalty for the violation of this Rule and Regulation shall be as prescribed by Section 50-17-130 of the 1976 Code.

123-23. Tags on Submerged Traps.

All submerged traps licensed under Section 50-17-360(3) shall have affixed to the trap a tag showing the number of the license issued for such trap. An untagged trap is subject to confiscation.

123-24. Master of a Vessel Licensed by the Division of Commercial Fisheries.

Section 50-17-410 of the 1976 Code provides that at the time of securing boat licenses the owner of the boat shall file with the Division of Marine Resources a sworn statement giving the name and address of the master or captain of the boat.

No person under the age of sixteen (16) years shall be named in such statement as the master or captain of the boat.

123-25. Numbering of All Vessels Used for Harvesting Shellfish Commercially in South Carolina.

1. "Vessel" shall mean every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane on the water, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.

2. Each vessel used to take shellfish for market shall display a number issued by the S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Division of Marine Resources. The number shall be issued to all commercial operators holding shellfish leases or permits for harvesting shellfish in this State and the number shall be valid only for harvesting shellfish on the lease or area for which it is issued.

3. The penalty for violation of this Rule and Regulation shall be as prescribed by Section 50-17-100 of the 1976 Code.

123-26. Point of Juncture of Bull Creek and Waccamaw River Established.

The point of junction of Bull Creek and Waccamaw River is the 40-mile limit referred to in subsection (1) of Section 50-17-240, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the open and closed seasons on shad.

123-28. License for Selling Shad.

Section 50-17-390, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, shall not apply to persons, firms, or corporations selling shad strictly at retail.

123-29. One-Quarter Mile Off-Shore Line.

If the place from which the one-quarter mile off-shore line is not designated by law it shall be measured from the mean low tide mark.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 17, Issue No. 5, Part 3, eff May 28, 1993.

123-30. Penalties.

Where penalties are not provided under the Commercial Fisheries Laws, in the event of a violation, any provisions of such laws for punishment or penalty shall be as provided for in Section 50-17-130, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976.

123-31. Dumping of Trash Fish.

The dumping of trash fish or waste fisheries products from commercial trawlers within one-quarter mile of any South Carolina resort beach is prohibited.

123-32. Affixing Tax Tags to Shad.

All shad on which a tax is required by Section 50-17-310, Code of Laws of South Carolina, (1976), and offered for sale or shipped from any point within or without the State and all shad imported into the State shall have affixed thereto a Division of Marine Resources' tag evidencing the fact that the required tax has been paid.

123-33. Taking American Eels and Catfish in Certain Waters.

1. This rule and regulation regulates the taking of American eels (onguilla rostrata) in the following waters of this State: In the Cooper River and its tributaries from the Seaboard Coastline Railroad Bridge located three thousand three hundred (3,300') feet downstream from the lock and deck of the Jeffries Hydro Plant seaward to the point of the confluence of the Cooper River and the Wando River at a line running from the tip of Daniel Island westerly to the Old Coal Tipple Site.

2. There shall be no limit on the number of eels taken.

3. All persons actively engaged in the taking of eels in such waters shall be required to have a valid statewide fishing license as provided under Section 50-9-450 or 50-9-460. In addition all such persons shall be required to have a valid land and sell license as provided under Section 50-17-180, and any vessel used shall be required to be licensed under Section 50-17-210.

4. Eels may be taken legally from those waters subject to its rule and regulation only with the following equipment and gear:

a. Pots and baskets not to exceed two (2') feet in diameter and four (4') feet in length with bar mesh of not less than one-half ( 1/2 ") inch square and throat opening not to exceed two (2") inches in any direction. Each such pot or basket shall be tagged and marked in accordance with Section 50-5-110, Section 50-19-2910, and Section 50-19-2920, with the cost of each tag being one ($1.00) dollar.

That records shall be maintained in accordance with the provisions of Section 50-5-80(3).

Provided, that pots and baskets may be set or used only from Stoney Landing seaward in the Cooper River and its tributaries; and that the use of any pot or basket at any time in the Cooper River from the Seaboard Coastline Railroad Bridge located three thousand three hundred (3,300') feet downstream from the lock and deck of the Jeffries Hydro Plant to Stoney Landing shall be a violation of this Rule and Regulation. Pots and baskets shall be allowed to be set or used twenty-four (24) hours a day and seven (7) days a week in all of the authorized areas of such use.

b. Fyke nets with wings not exceeding ten (10') feet in length and fourteen (14') feet in depth; with the distance from throat to cod end not to exceed twenty (20') feet. Maximum bar mesh for any portion of the nets shall not exceed one-eighth ( 1/8 ") inch square; and all fyke nets must be set with the cod end upstream from the wings. Fyke nets shall be set only between sunset and sunrise, and all such nets shall be removed from such waters between sunrise and sunset. A license as required under the provisions of Section 50-17-360 shall be required for each fyke net used for the taking of eels from such waters.

c. Hand-operated dip nets not to exceed two (2') feet in diameter.

5. Those types of equipment and gear authorized for use in taking eels from such waters shall be used only where fishing is legal; and any eel basket or pot, fyke net or dip net which is used in any manner in violation of this rule and regulation and any device or equipment which is used in such waters for the taking of eels which is not authorized herein, shall be confiscated by the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department; and the Department shall dispose of such equipment and any catch found therein in the manner it deems appropriate.

6. Any game fish taken by use of eel pots and baskets, fyke nets or dip nets in such waters shall be returned immediately to the waters from whence they came.

7. All of the provisions of this rule and regulation shall be applicable in full to the taking of catfish from such waters.

8. The penalty for the violation of this Rule and Regulation shall be that prescribed by Section 50-17-100 or Section 50-19-2960, whichever the Court shall deem most applicable to the offense involved.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 17, Issue No. 5, Part 3, eff May 28, 1993.

123-34. Shellfish Permits.

A. Qualifications and requirements for shellfish permit applicants:

(1) The applicant for a commercial shellfish permit must have a wholesale seafood dealer's license and shellfish house or processing facility certified by the S. C. Department of Health and Environmental Control or submit a sworn affidavit that all shellfish harvested for sale will be handled through a bona fide shellfish dealer having an approved facility.

(2) The applicant for a commercial shellfish permit must be able to meet all regulations of the S. C. Department of Health and Environmental Control which pertain to his operations or place of business.

(3) The applicant must satisfy the Division that he has sufficient shellfish culture experience and will directly manage and supervise the cultivation of the permit area applied for himself, or will employ a qualified individual as manager within three months following the date that the permit becomes effective.

(4) The applicant must own and employ or provide assurance that he is capable of acquiring the necessary equipment and personnel to effectively harvest and manage the area(s) in question. Minimum requirements pertinent to effectively harvest and meet shell or seed planting quotas for the area(s) applied for will be determined by the Division.

(5) The applicant must possess all shellfish licenses and permits required by the Division and any other State and Federal Agency, or be qualified to obtain same following the granting of the permit(s), and prior to working the permit area.

(6) If an applicant has any existing shellfish permit(s) or has formerly held any permit(s) or lease(s), his past performance record in managing said area(s) (shell planting, production, etc.) and in meeting the Division's reporting requirements will be evaluated and given due consideration in determining whether he shall be granted additional permit(s). In the event that an individual who is not fully utilizing his existing permit grounds has applied for an available area and another individual has applied for the same area who has no permit but meets all the necessary requirements, the permit will be granted to the latter applicant.

(7) In cases where two or more individuals apply for a permit for the same area who are in the opinion of the Division equally qualified, the granting of the permit may be determined by lottery.

(8) The order in which applications are received will have no bearing on the granting of a permit as long as said applications are filed in a timely manner.

B. Review and Approval of Shellfish Permit Applications

(1) Applications for shellfish permits shall be reviewed by a committee of Departmental personnel knowledgeable with the shellfish fishery appointed by the Director, Division of Marine Resources. The Committee will consider each applicant's qualifications and conduct personal interviews if advisable. The Committee will select qualified applicants to the Director's office for final approval. The Committee will also consider contested permit applications, the allocation of shellfish grounds for public or private use, permit revisions, variances, or revocations, and make recommendations to the Director's office for final approval.

C. Permit Terms and Conditions

(1) Shellfish culture and mariculture permits issued shall include, in addition to those requirements specified by law, the following: provisions for shellfish production and reporting requirements; conditions and requirements for mariculture structures and operations; provisions to guarantee public rights of access and non-conflicting uses of permitted areas; conditions for the approval of planting variances; terms and conditions to hold the Division harmless from any claims or damages resulting from the permitted operations; requirements for compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and permit requirements of any other Federal, State or local authority having jurisdiction over the use of State waters or bottoms; provisions for the restoration and correction of any environmental degradation which may result from the permitted activity; and provisions for revocation of the permit for failure to comply with performance requirements of the permit.

123-35. Turtle Excluder Devices Required in Channel Nets.

A. The following regulations apply to fishing gears known as channel (set) nets as defined in Sections 50-17-130, 50-17-421, and 50-17-450, and regulation 123-20, SC Code of Laws:

(1) Functional "soft" or "hard" Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) must be correctly installed in all channel (set) nets used in the state waters of South Carolina, except in areas specifically exempted by these regulations.

(2) "Soft" TEDs must conform to the following specifications:

(a) Webbing must be polypropylene or polyethylene

(b) Stretched mesh size may not exceed 6 inches

(c) Horizontal, taut length of the panel may not exceed 120 inches (10 feet)

(d) Panel width at the leading edge may not exceed 229 inches (19 feet)

(e) The escape opening may not be less than 72 inches (6 feet)

(f) The TED panel must form a complete barrier inside the net forward of the codend

(g) The TED must slope upwards with the escape opening being on the top of the net just forward of the panel's attachment to the top of the net

(h) An optional, rectangular flap may be installed over the escape opening, provided it is attached only on its forward edge, does not extend more than 4 inches aft of the escape opening, is no wider than 36 inches (3 feet), and the mesh size is no larger than 2 inches stretch.

(3) "Hard" TEDs must conform to the following specifications:

(a) The TED must be a single, rigid, oval deflector grid which is made of steel rod or pipe not less than 1/3 inch diameter, aluminum rod or pipe not less than 1/2 inch diameter, or fiberglass rod of comparable strength

(b) The TED must be installed such that it is at a 30 degree to 45 degree angle from the horizontal when in use

(c) The minimum inside diameter may not be less than 30 inches

(d) The minimum (slit) escape opening is 35 inches

(e) The maximum spacing between the bars is 4 inches; there is no minimum spacing

(f) All "hard" TEDs must be top exiting only

(g) An optional, rectangular flap may be installed over the escape opening, provided it is attached only on its forward edge, does not extend more than 4 inches aft of the escape opening, is no wider than 36 inches (3 feet), and the mesh size is no larger than 2 inches stretch.

(4) Channel (set) nets will not require Turtle Excluder Devices if they are fished east of a line in Winyah Bay from the front range on Big Marsh Island, running southeast to Day Marker No. 18, thence running south southeast to red Nun Buoy No.16. All channel nets west of this line must use approved Turtle Excluder Devices. Channel nets in North Santee Bay will not be required to have Turtle Excluder Devices. However, the Department may require TEDs in additional or all open areas if a significant threat to sea turtles is determined.

(5) Any sea turtle accidentally taken must be immediately released unless it is apparent that resuscitation is required. If resuscitation is required, the fisherman must retain the turtle until such time that the turtle has sufficiently recovered and is capable of swimming. At that time, the turtle must be released.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 21, Issue No. 6, Part 2, eff June 27, 1997.

ARTICLE 3.

WILDLIFE AND FRESH WATER FISHERIES DIVISION--HUNTING REGULATIONS

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Sections 50-1-200, 50-1-220, 50-11-10, 50-11-105, 50-11-310, 50-11-335, 50-11-350, 50-11-390, 50-11-520, 50-11-530, 50-11-854, 50-11-2200 and 50-11-2210.)

SUBARTICLE 1.

HUNTING IN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS

123-40. Wildlife Management Area Regulations.

1.1 The regulations governing hunting including prescribed schedules and seasons, methods of hunting and taking wildlife, and bag limits for Wildlife Management Areas and special restrictions for use of WMA lands are as follows:

A. Game Zone 1

1. Other WMAs

(a) No more than 5 bucks total may be taken during all seasons combined, regardless of method (archery, muzzleloader, gun).

(b) Archery Only Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 17 - Oct. 30, Dec. 23 - Jan. 1

(ii) Total of 2 deer for all archery only hunts. 2 per day. Either-sex.

(c) Primitive Weapons for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 1 through Oct. 10

(ii) Total of 2 deer for primitive weapons hunt.

(iii) Muzzleloaders, 2 deer, buck only, except either-sex on days specified in Reg. 4.2. Archers allowed to take either-sex during entire period.

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 11 through Oct. 16; Oct. 31 - Jan. 1.

(ii) Total of 7 deer for all gun hunts. 2 deer per day, buck only except either-sex on days specified in Reg. 4.2. Archers allowed to take either-sex during entire period.

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Bear.

(i) Oct. 17 through Oct. 23.

(ii) 1 bear, no bears 100 lbs. or less, no sow with cubs at her side.

(f) Special Party Dog Hunt for Bear.

(i) Oct. 24 through Oct. 30.

(ii) 1 bear per person, 5 bears per party, no bears 100 lbs. or less, no sow with cubs at her side. Groups hunting together are considered 1 party. Hogs no limit.

(iii) Parties of 25 or less must register with SCDNR, 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson, SC 29631 by September 1.

(iv) All harvested bear must be tagged and reported to the Clemson Wildlife Office @ 864-654-1671 within 24 hours of harvest.

(g) Small Game

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise, Game Zone 1 seasons apply.

(ii) US Forest Service Long Creek Tracts, Oconee County, small game only between Thanksgiving Day and March 1.

(h) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during the open season for any game.

(ii) No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs and during the party dog hunts for bear.

(iii) Hog hunters must use small game weapons during small game-only seasons.

(iv) Hog hunters are required to wear hat, coat or vest of solid international orange color while hunting.

(v) No hogs may be taken alive from WMA.

(i) Hog Hunts with Dogs.

(i) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1.

(ii) Handguns only, four dog limit per party, daylight hours only, no limit on hogs.

2. Glassy Mountain Archery Only Area - Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

(a) Archery Only Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 1 - Oct. 16, Oct. 31 - Jan. 1

(ii) Total of 2 deer, 2 per day, either-sex.

3. Stumphouse WMA

(a) In order to fish or hunt Stumphouse WMA each adult (21 or older) must have at least one youth 17 or under accompanying them. Senior Citizens over 65 years of age are exempt from carrying a youth in order to fish. No motorized vehicles or horses allowed on the property except in designated parking areas. Walk in use only. Small game hunting only from Thanksgiving Day through March 1.

(b) No more than 5 bucks total may be taken during all seasons combined, regardless of method (archery, muzzleloader, gun).

(c) Primitive Weapons for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 1 through Oct. 10

(ii) Muzzleloaders, 2 deer, buck only, 2 per day; archery 2 deer, 2 per day, either-sex.

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 11 through Oct. 16; Oct. 31 - Wed. before Thanksgiving.

(ii) Total of 7 deer for all gun hunts. 2 deer per day, buck only except either-sex on days specified in Reg. 4.2. Archers allowed to take either-sex during entire period.

(e) Small Game

(i) No hunting before Thanksgiving Day or after Mar. 1.

(ii) No small game hunting during gun hunts for deer, otherwise Game Zone 1 seasons apply.

4. Long Creek Tract

(a) Game Zone 1 seasons, except small game only between Thanksgiving Day and Mar. 1.

B. Game Zone 2

1. Other WMAs

(a) No more than 5 bucks total may be taken during all seasons combined, regardless of method (archery, muzzleloader, gun). Individual Antlerless Deer Tags are valid starting Oct. 1. Worth Mountain WMA Quality Deer Management Area: bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a minimum 12-inch antler spread.

(b) Archery Only Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Sept. 15 - Sept. 30, Monday after Thanksgiving through 3rd Sat. after Thanksgiving.

(ii) Total of 3 deer for all archery only hunts, 2 per day, either-sex.

(c) Primitive Weapons for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 1 through Oct. 10

(ii) Total of 2 deer for primitive weapons hunt.

(iii) Muzzleloaders, buck only, except either-sex on days specified in Reg. 4.2. Archers allowed to take either-sex during entire period.

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 11 through the Sat. after Thanksgiving, 3rd Mon. after Thanksgiving through Jan. 1.

(ii) Total of 10 deer for all gun hunts. 2 deer per day, buck only except either-sex on days specified in Reg. 4.2. Archers allowed to take either-sex during entire period.

(e) Small Game

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise, Game Zone 2 seasons apply.

(f) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during the open season for any game.

(ii) Hog hunters must use small game weapons during small game-only seasons.

(iii) Hog hunters are required to wear hat, coat or vest of solid international orange color while hunting.

(iv) No hogs may be taken alive from WMA.

(g) Hog Hunts with Dogs.

(i) Feb. 1 - Feb. 15

(ii) Handguns only, four dog limit per party, daylight hours only, no limit on hogs.

2. Keowee WMA

(a) No hunting is allowed in research and teaching areas of Keowee WMA posted with white signs except those special hunts for youth or mobility-impaired as conducted by the Department.

(b) Archery Hunts for Deer (no dogs)

(i) Oct. 15- Dec. 22

(ii) Total 3 deer, 2 per day, either-sex, not to include more than 1 buck.

(c) Quail Hunts

(i) Wed. and Sat. only during Game Zone 2 seasons.

(ii) 10 quail per day.

(iii) No hunting for quail during archery hunts for deer.

(d) Other Small Game

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 2 season applies.

(ii) Game Zone 2 bag limit.

(iii) North of Hwy 123 and west and east of the Keowee Arm of Lake Hartwell to Hwy 291 and across from Corinth Shiloh Fire Station and behind Jacobs Chuck, small game hunting with shotguns only. All other areas archery only for small game.

(e) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during the open season for any game.

(ii) No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs and during the party dog hunts for bear.

(iii) Hog hunters must use small game weapons during small game-only seasons.

(iv) Hog hunters are required to wear hat, coat or vest of solid international orange color while hunting.

(v) No hogs may be taken alive from WMA.

3. Draper WMA

(a) Quail Hunts

(i) 1st and 2nd Sat. in Dec., 3rd and 4th Wed. in Dec., 1st and 2nd Wed. and Sat. in Jan.

(ii) 10 quail per day.

(iii) Sunrise until 4:00 PM.

(b) Rabbit Hunts

(i) 1st Wed. after Thanksgiving, Wed. in Dec. prior to the 2nd Sat. in Dec., Wed. and Sat. in Jan. following the last scheduled quail hunt until Mar. 1.

(ii) 3 per day.

(c) Other Small Game

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar.; otherwise Game Zone 2 seasons apply.

(ii) Game Zone 2 bag limit.

(iii) No open season on fox squirrels.

4. Fants Grove WMA

(a) Quality Deer Management Area - bucks must have at least 4 points on one side or a minimum 12-inch spread. A point must be at least one inch long. During Fant's Grove draw hunts for deer, all hunters must sign in at the Fant's Grove DNR checkpoint. Fant's Grove DNR check point will open 2 hours before official sunrise for deer hunts.

(b) Archery Only Deer Hunts (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 15- Dec. 22

(ii) Total 3 deer, 2 per day, either-sex, not to include more than 1 buck.

(c) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) No open season except for hunters selected by computer drawing.

(ii) Total of 2 deer, either-sex except no more than 1 buck.

(d) Special Gun Hunts for Youth, mobility impaired, women and primitive weapons.

(i) Hunters selected by drawing.

(ii) Total 2 deer, either-sex

(e) Small Game

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar.1; otherwise Game Zone 2 seasons apply.

(ii) Game Zone 2 bag limit.

(iii) No small game hunting during archery only deer hunts except for waterfowl or designated dove field hunting.

(iv) Waterfowl may be hunted Wed. and Sat. AM only.

(v) Quail hunting Wed. and Sat. only.

(f) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during the open season for any game.

(ii) No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs and during the party dog hunts for bear.

(iii) Hog hunters must use small game weapons during small game-only seasons.

(iv) Hog hunters are required to wear hat, coat or vest of solid international orange color while hunting.

(v) No hogs may be taken alive from WMA.

5. Rock Hill Blackjacks HP WMA

(a) Archery Only Deer Hunts (no dogs).

(i) Sept. 15 - 30, Mon. after Thanksgiving Day - Jan. 1.

(ii) Total 3 deer, 2 per day, either-sex.

(b) Small Game

(i) No small game hunting.

6. Belfast WMA

(a) All terrain vehicles are prohibited except those permitted by SCDNR for special management activities. Fishing is not allowed except through permitted special events. All hunters must sign in and sign out daily upon leaving Belfast WMA. All harvested deer and turkeys must be checked in at the Belfast Check Station. Belfast WMA is open to public access during daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset) except during special hunts and events regulated by DNR. Hunters may not enter the WMA prior to 5:00 AM on designated hunts. Public visitation is not allowed during scheduled deer and turkey hunts. Data cards required for hunter access. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving Belfast WMA. Hunters are required to have a data card in possession while on the property during scheduled hunts.

(b) No more than 3 deer total may be taken per hunt period, regardless of method (archery, muzzleloader, gun). 2 deer per day, either-sex. No more than 1 buck with a minimum of 4 points on one side or a 12" minimum antler spread.

(c) Archery Only Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) 1st Mon. - Sat. after Sept. 15

(d) Archery and Muzzleloader for Deer (no dogs).

(i) 1st Sat. in Oct.

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, no buckshot).

(i) No open season except for hunters selected by computer drawing.

(f) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during any scheduled hunts only with weapons allowed for current open season. No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs. No limit on hogs or coyotes.

(g) Small Game

(i) Dec. 10 - Mar. 1

(ii) Game Zone 2 bag limits.

(iii) No open season for fox squirrels, fox or bobcats.

7. Broad River Waterfowl Management Area

(a) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 15 - Oct. 31.

(ii) Game Zone 2 limits.

(b) Raccoon Hunts

(i) Feb. 2 - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 2 limits.

(c) Small Game

(i) Feb. 2 - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 2 limits.

C. Game Zone 3

1. Other WMAs

(a) Game Zone 3 bag limits. Buck only except on Game Zone 3 either-sex days as specified in Reg. 4.2. Individual antlerless deer tags are valid starting Sept. 15. Tags do not alter daily or season bag limits.

(b) Still Gun Hunts and Archery (no dogs).

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Jan. 1

(c) Small Game

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 3 seasons apply.

(ii) Game Zone 3 bag limits.

(d) Hogs and Coyotes.

(i) Hogs and coyotes may be taken during the open season for game.

(ii) No hog or coyote hunting during still gun hunts for deer.

(iii) Only small game weapons allowed during the small game-only seasons.

(iv) During turkey season, hogs may be taken using legal weapons for turkey only.

2. Crackerneck WMA and Ecological Reserve

(a) All individuals must sign in and out at main gate. Quality Deer Management Area - antlered deer must have at least 4 points on one side or a minimum 12-inch antler spread. Scouting seasons (no weapons), will be Saturdays only during September and March. The gate opens at 6:00am and closes at 8:00pm. On deer hunt days, gates will open as follows: Oct., 4:30am-8:30pm; Nov. - Dec., 4:30am-7:30pm. For special hog hunts in Jan. and Feb., gate will be open from 5:30am-7:00pm. Hog hunters are required to wear either a hat, coat or vest of international orange. Hogs may NOT be taken from Crackerneck alive and hogs must be shown at check station gate. No more that 4 bay or catch dogs per party. On Saturday night raccoon hunts, raccoon hunters must cease hunting by midnight and exit the gate by 1:00am. On Friday night raccoon hunts, raccoon hunters must cease hunting by 1 hour before official sunrise and exit the gate by official sunrise. All reptiles and amphibians are protected. No turtles, snakes, frogs, toads, salamanders etc. can be captured, removed, killed or harassed.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs).

(i) 1st Fri. and Sat. in Oct

(ii) 2 deer, either-sex, no more than 1 buck, no limit on hogs.

(c) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts (no buckshot).

(i) 2nd Fri. and Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 2 deer, either-sex, no more than 1 buck, no limit on hogs

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no buckshot).

(i) 3rd Fri. in Oct. - Jan. 1, Fri., Sat. and Thanksgiving Day only except closed Dec. 25.

(ii) 5 deer total, 2 per day, buck only except on either-sex days Fri. and Sat. only from the 1st Fri. of gun hunts before Thanksgiving and the 1st Fri. and Sat. after Thanksgiving weekend. Total not to include more than 3 bucks.

(e) Raccoon and Opossum

(i) 3rd Sat. night in Oct. - Jan. 1, Sat. nights only, except closed Dec. 25, 1st Fri. night in Jan. to last Fri. or Sat. night in Feb., Fri. and Sat. nights only.

(ii) 3 raccoons per party per night. No limit on opossums.

(f) Hog Hunts with Dogs (pistols only)

(i) 1st Fri. after Jan. 1 - last Fri. in Feb. Fridays only.

(ii) No limit.

(g) Small Game (except no open season on bobcats, foxes, otters or fox squirrels.

(i) 3rd Fri. in Oct. - last Fri. or Sat. in Feb. Fri., Sat. and Thanksgiving Day only except closed Dec. 25.

3. Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Total 3 deer for all deer hunts, not to include more than 2 bucks. Hogs no limit.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only, except either-sex on Game Zone 3 either-sex days as specified in Reg. 4.2.

(c) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no buckshot).

(i) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only, except either-sex on Game Zone 3 either-sex days as specified in Reg. 4.2.

(d) Raccoon and Opossum

(i) Thanksgiving night - Mar. 1.

(ii) 3 raccoons per party per night. No limit on opossum.

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Hogs.

(i) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1.

(ii) No limit.

(f) Small Game (except no open season on fox squirrels).

(i) Thanksgiving night - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 3 limits.

4. Ditch Pond Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Total 3 deer for all deer hunts, not to include more than 2 bucks.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only, except either-sex on Game Zones 3 and 6 either-sex days as specified in Reg. 4.2.

(c) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during any scheduled hunts only with weapons allowed for current open season. No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs. No limit on hogs or coyotes.

(d) Small Game (except no open season on fox squirrels).

(i) Thanksgiving day - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 3 and 6 bag limits.

5. Henderson Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Total 3 deer for all deer hunts, not to include more than 2 bucks.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only, except either-sex on Game Zone 3 either-sex days as specified in Reg. 4.2.

(c) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during any scheduled hunts only with weapons allowed for current open season. No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs. No limit on hogs or coyotes.

D. Game Zone 4

1. Other WMAs

(a) Individual antlerless deer tags are valid starting Sept. 15. Tags do not alter daily or season bag limits.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs).

(i) Sept. 1 - 14.

(ii) Total of 3 deer for all archery hunts, 2 per day.

(c) Still Gun and Archery Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.

(ii) Total of 10 deer for all gun hunts, 2 per day, buck only except on Game Zone 4 either-sex days as prescribed in Reg. 4.2. Limit of 10 may not include more than 5 bucks. Male deer required 2 inches of visible antler above the hairline be legal. Male fawns (button bucks) are considered antlerless deer, legal only during either-sex hunts; however, they apply toward the buck limit.

(d) Small Game

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 4 seasons apply.

(ii) Game Zone 4 bag limits.

(e) Hogs and Coyotes.

(i) Hogs and coyotes may be taken during the open season for game.

(ii) No hog or coyote hunting with dogs during still gun hunts for deer.

(iii) Only small game weapons allowed during the small game-only seasons.

(iv) During turkey season, hogs may be taken using legal weapons for turkey only.

2. Marsh WMA

(a) All visitors to Marsh WMA are required to sign in upon entry to the WMA and sign out upon exit from the WMA and provide any additional information requested. Sign in sheets are located at the informational kiosk. Hogs may be taken only during deer hunts or scheduled hog hunts. No ATVs allowed. Still hunting for deer only, no deer dogs, no buckshot. Total of 3 deer for all deer hunts combined.

(b) Special Hunt Area for Youth and Mobility Impaired Hunters

(i) No open season except for hunters selected by drawing.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(c) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 1 st Mon. - Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(d) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) 2nd Mon. - Sat. in Oct., 3rd Mon. - Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(i) 4th Mon. in Oct. - Sat. before the 1st Mon. in Nov., 1st Mon. in Nov. - following Sat., 2nd Mon. in Nov. - following Sat.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only. Hogs no limit.

(f) Still Hog Hunts

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) Mar. 1 - 3rd Sat. in Mar., May 2 - last Sat. in June (Thurs. - Sat. only), 1st Mon. in Aug. - last Sat. in Aug. (Thurs. - Sat. only).

(iii) No limit.

(g) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 1st Mon. in Jan. - 4th Sat. in Jan., 1st Mon. in July - last Sat. in July (Thurs. - Sat. only),

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(h) Raccoon Hunts

(i) Sept. 15 - Mar. 1, nights only.

(ii) 3 per party per night.

(i) Small Game (open only for rabbit, gray squirrel, opossum, quail and woodcock. No open season on fox squirrels.

(i) Thanksgiving - Mar. 1 (Wed. - Sat. only)

(ii) Game Zone 4 limits.

(iii) Woodcock Wed. - Sat. only during the Federal Woodcock Season, Federal bag limits.

3. Sand Hills State Forest WMA

(a) Hunting by the general public closed during scheduled field trials on the Sand Hills State Forest Special Field Trial Area. Hunting allowed during permitted field trials on the Sand Hills State Forest Special Field Trial Area in compliance with R.123-96. No man-drives allowed. No buckshot allowed. Individual Antlerless Deer Tags valid on days not designated as either-sex after Sept. 15.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 15 - Jan. 1

(ii) Total of 3 deer, 2 per day, either-sex

(c) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs).

(i) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1

(ii) Total of 10 deer, 2 per day, buck only except either-sex on Game Zones 4 and 5 either-sex days specified in Reg. 4.2. No more than 5 bucks.

(d) Special Coyote Still Hunt (no dogs).

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns.

(ii) Mar. 1 - 3rd Sat. in Mar.

(iii) No limit.

(e) Small Game

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zones 4 and 5 seasons apply. No daytime fox hunting from Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.

(ii) Game Zones 4 and 5 bag limits.

4. McBee WMA

(a) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 15 - Sat. after Thanksgiving.

(ii) Total of 3 deer, 2 per day, either-sex.

(b) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, no buckshot).

(i) Oct. 1 - Sat. after Thanksgiving.

(ii) Total of 10 deer, 2 per day, buck only except either-sex on Game Zone 4 either-sex days during the McBee still gun hunt season. No more than 5 bucks.

(c) Small Game

(i) Quail - no open season except hunter selected by drawing, 10 quail per day.

(ii) Other Small Game (no open season for fox squirrels).

(1) No small game hunting during scheduled deer hunting periods.

(2) No hunting before Mon. following the 2nd Sat. in Jan. or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 4 seasons apply.

(3) Game Zone 4 limits.

5. Pee Dee Station Site WMA

(a) All visitors are required to sign in upon entry to the WMA and sign out upon exit and provide any additional information requested on sign in sheets at the kiosk. Hogs may be taken only during deer hunts or scheduled hog hunts. No ATVs allowed.

(b) Total of 3 deer for all hunt periods combined. Still hunting only, no deer dogs, no buckshot. The scouting seasons are 2-day periods on Sat. and Sun. immediately preceding hunt periods.

(c) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 1st Mon. - Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(d) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) 3rd Mon. - Sat. in Oct., 1st Mon. - Sat. in Nov.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(e) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Archery, crossbows and muzzleloading rifles.

(ii) Mar. 1 - 3rd Sat. in Mar.

(iii) No limit. No bay or catch dogs.

(f) Raccoon

(i) Sept. 15 - Mar. 1 nights only.

(ii) Limit 3 per party per night.

(g) Small Game

(i) Sat. after Thanksgiving - last Wed. and Sat. in Feb. Wed. and Sat. only.

(ii) Game Zone 4 bag limits.

6. Woodbury WMA

(a) All visitors are required to sign in upon entry and sign out upon exit and provide any additional information requested on sign in sheets at the kiosk. Hogs may be taken only during deer hunts or scheduled hog hunts. No ATVs allowed.

(b) Quality Deer Management Area - Antlered deer must have at least 4 points on 1 side or a minimum 12-inch antler spread. A point must be at least 1 inch long measured from the nearest edge of the main beam to the top of the point. No more than 3 bucks total may be taken during all seasons combined regardless of method. No buckshot.

(c) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 15 - 1st Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(d) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) Mon. following 1st Sat. in Oct. - 3rd Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex. Hog no limit.

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(i) Mon. following 3rd Sat. in Oct. - Jan. 1.

(ii) 1 deer per day, bucks only except on scheduled county-wide either-sex days. Hog no limit.

(f) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) Mar. 1 - 3rd Sat. in Mar., May 2 - last Sat. in June (Thurs. - Sat. only), 1st Mon. in Aug. - last Sat. in Aug. (Thurs. - Sat. only).

(iii) No limit.

(g) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 1st Mon. in Jan. - 4th Sat. in Jan., 1st Mon. in July - last Sat. in July (Thurs. - Sat. only).

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(h) Raccoon

(i) Sept. 15 - Mar. 1

(ii) Limit 3 per party per night.

(i) Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) Gray squirrels and Quail

(1) Mon. following 2nd Sat. in Dec. - Mar. 1

(2) Game Zone 4 bag limits.

(ii) Rabbits

(1) Jan. 1 - Mar. 1

(2) Game Zone 4 bag limits.

(j) Fox

(i) Fri. after Thanksgiving - Mar. 1. Night only.

(ii) Game Zone 4 bag limits.

E. Game Zone 5

1. Other WMAs

(a) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

(ii) Total 5 deer per season. Buck only except on Game Zone 5 either-sex days as specified in Reg. 4.2. Individual antlerless deer tags are valid starting Sept. 15. Tags do not alter daily or season bag limits.

(b) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, no buckshot).

(i) Sept. 15 - Jan. 1

(ii) Total 5 deer per season. Buck only except on Game Zone 5 either-sex days as specified in Reg. 4.2. Individual antlerless deer tags are valid starting Sept. 15. Tags do not alter daily or season bag limits.

(c) Small Game

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 5 seasons apply.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

(d) Hogs and Coyotes.

(i) Hogs and coyotes may be taken during the open season for game.

(ii) No hog or coyote hunting with dogs during still gun hunts for deer.

(iii) Only small game weapons allowed during the small game-only seasons.

(iv) During turkey season, hogs may be taken using legal weapons for turkey only.

2. Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) All visitors are required to sign in upon entry and sign out upon exit and provide any additional information requested on sign in sheets at the kiosk. Hogs may be taken only during deer hunts or scheduled hog hunts. No ATVs allowed.

(b) Total 3 deer for all hunts. For big game hunting, access is restricted from two hours before sunrise to two hours after official sunset. Still hunting only, no deer dogs, no buckshot, no hunting from motor vehicles or boats, no hog dogs.

(c) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 1st Mon. in Oct. - following Sat., 2nd Mon. in Oct. - the following Sat.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(d) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) 4th Mon. in Oct. - following Sat.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(i) 1st Mon. in Nov. - following Sat.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only. Hogs no limit.

(f) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) 1st Mon. in Feb. - last Sat. in Feb.

(iii) No limit.

(g) Raccoon

(i) Sept. 15 - Mar. 1. Night only.

(ii) Limit 3 per party per night.

(h) Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) Gray squirrels

(1) Mon. following the last Sat. of Deer Season - last Sat. in Jan.

(2) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

(ii) Woodcock during Federal Season and Federal bag limits.

3. Longleaf Pine Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Total 2 deer for all hunts. Still hunting only, no deer dogs, no buckshot, no hunting from motor vehicles. Individual Antlerless Deer Tags valid on days not designated as either-sex after Sept. 15.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 1 - 14.

(ii) 2 deer per day, buck only.

(c) Archery and Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(i) Sept. 15 - the day before Thanksgiving Day.

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex.

(d) Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) No small game hunting during scheduled deer hunt periods.

(ii) Thanksgiving Day - Mar. 1

(iii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

4. Manchester State Forest WMA

(a) Total of 5 deer per season for all hunts. Deer must be checked at the check station. No man-drives during either-sex still gun hunts.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 3rd Mon. in Sept. - the following Sat.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(c) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) 4th Mon. in Sept. - following Sat.

(1) 1 deer per day, buck only.

(ii) Fri. during archery and muzzleloader season.

(1) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(d) Deer Hunts with Dogs

(i) Clubs selected by computer drawing.

(ii) 10 deer per day per club, 1 deer per person. Buck only except by tags issued the day of the hunt.

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, no buckshot)

(i) 5th Mon. in Sept. - following Sat., 1st Mon. in Oct. - following Sat., 2nd Mon. in Oct. - following Sat., 3rd Tues. in Oct. - following Fri., 4th Tues in Oct. - following Fri., 5th Tues. in Oct. - following Thurs., 1st Tues. in Nov. - following Fri., 2nd Tues in Nov. - following Sat., 3rd Tues. in Nov. - following Fri., Mon. - Sat. the week of Thanksgiving, 4th Mon. in Nov. - following Fri., 1st Tues. in Dec. - following Fri., 1st full week following the 1st Tues. in Dec. - following Fri., 2nd full week following the 1st Tues. in Dec. - following Fri., 3rd full week following 1st Tues. in Dec. - following Sat.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only, except on either-sex hunts published annually.

(iii) In years when there is a fifth Tues. in Oct., additional deer hunts may be scheduled on Fri. and Sat. during Oct. and Nov.

(iv) In years when there is a fifth Mon. in Dec., additional hunts may be scheduled that week.

(f) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during any scheduled hunts only with weapons allowed for current open season. No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs. No limit on hogs or coyotes.

(g) Raccoon and Fox

(i) Thanksgiving Day - 2nd Sat. in Mar.

(ii) Raccoon 3 per party per night, fox no limit during gun season.

(h) Quail (except Bland and Tuomey Tracts)

(i) Thanksgiving - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

(i) Quail (Bland and Tuomey Tracts)

(i) Designated days within Game Zone 5 quail season.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

(iii) Hunters must pick up and return data cards at access points.

(j) Squirrel and Rabbit

(i) Thanksgiving Day - Mar. 1 except no squirrel or rabbit hunting on Bland and Tuomey Tracts during scheduled quail hunts.

(ii) Game Zone 5 limits.

5. Lynchburg Savanna Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Small Game Only (no fox squirrels)

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1 otherwise Game Zone 5 seasons.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

6. Hickory Top WMA

(a) Data cards required for hunter access. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving. The Greentree Reservoir is open to hunting during the regular Hickory Top seasons during years when the Greentree Reservoir remains unflooded.

(b) Total 8 deer per season.

(c) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Sept. 1 - Jan. 1.

(ii) 2 deer per day, except either-sex Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.

(d) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) 1st Mon. in Nov. - Jan. 1.

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex.

(e) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during any scheduled hunts only with weapons allowed for current open season. No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs. No limit on hogs or coyotes.

(f) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) 1st two full weeks in Mar.

(iii) No limit.

(g) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) Last two full weeks in Mar.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(h) Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise, Game Zone 5 seasons apply.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

7. Oak Lea WMA

(a) Data cards required for hunter access during archery deer hunts, turkey hunts and small game hunts. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving the WMA.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 15 - 22

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex

(c) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 23 - 30

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex.

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(i) No open season except hunters selected by drawing.

(ii) 3 deer per day, either-sex; 1 buck per day limit.

(iii) Total 20 deer per hunt party.

(e) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during any scheduled hunts only with weapons allowed for current open season. No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs. No limit on hogs or coyotes.

(f) Small Game (except quail)

(i) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1 except no small game hunting during scheduled quail hunts.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

(g) Quail

(i) Designated dates within Game Zone 5 season.

(ii) Game Zone 5 limits.

8. Santee Dam WMA

(a) Total 8 deer per season.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Sept. 1 - Jan. 1.

(ii) 2 deer per day, buck only, except either-sex Sept. 15 - Jan. 1. Hogs no limit.

(c) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Sept. 15 - Jan. 1

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(d) Hog Hunts with Archery and Muzzleloader (no dogs)

(i) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1

(ii) No limit.

(e) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 1st two full weeks in Mar., daylight hours only.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(f) Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

9. Wee Tee WMA

(a) Hogs may be taken only during deer hunts or scheduled hog hunts.

(b) Total 8 deer per season.

(c) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 15 - 1st Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(d) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) Mon. following 1st Sat. in Oct. - 3rd Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, no buckshot)

(i) Mon. following 3rd Sat. in Oct. - Jan. 1

(ii) 1 deer per day, bucks only except either-sex on County-wide either-sex days. Hogs no limit.

(f) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) Mar. 1 - 3rd Sat. in Mar., May 2 - last Sat. in June (Thurs. - Sat. only), 1st Mon. in Aug. - last Sat. in Aug. (Thurs. - Sat. only).

(iii) No limit.

(g) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 1st Mon. in Jan. - 4th Sat. in Jan., 1st Mon. in July - last Sat. in July (Thurs. - Sat. only).

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(h) Raccoon

(i) Sept. 15 - Mar. 1 night only

(ii) Limit 3 per party per night.

(i) Small Game except Gray squirrels (no fox squirrels, no fox hunting)

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

(iii) Dogs allowed during small game gun season only.

(j) Gray squirrels

(i) Jan. 2 - last Sat. in Feb.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

10. Santee Delta WMA

(a) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 1st Sat. in Oct. - last Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(b) Still Hog Hunts

(i) Archery only

(ii) 1st Sat. in Mar. - last Sat. in Mar. (impoundments only)

(iii) No limit. No live hogs removed from WMA.

(c) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) Mon. following the last Sat. in Mar. - the following Sat. (impoundments only)

(ii) No limit.

(iii) Handguns only, limit 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iv) No live hogs removed from WMA.

11. Samworth WMA

(a) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 1st Sat. in Oct. - last Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(b) Special Gun Deer Hunts for Youth

(i) Hunters selected by drawing.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(c) Still Hog Hunts

(i) Archery only.

(ii) 1st Sat. in Mar. - last Sat in Mar. (impoundments only)

(iii) No limit. No live hogs removed from WMA.

(d) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) Mon. following the last Sat. in Mar. through the following Sat. (impoundments only)

(ii) No limit.

(iii) Handguns only, limit 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iv) No live hogs removed from WMA.

12. Cartwheel Bay Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Total 3 deer for all hunts combined. Hogs no limit. No dogs. No hunting from or on roads.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts.

(i) Sept. 15 - 1st Sat. in Oct.

(1) 1 deer per day, buck only.

(ii) 2nd Mon. in Oct. - 1st Sat. in Nov.

(1) 1 deer per day, either-sex

(c) Small Game (no open season on fox squirrels).

(i) No small game hunting during scheduled deer hunting periods.

(ii) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 5 seasons apply.

(iii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

13. Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Still hunting only, no deer dogs, no buckshot. Hunting from horseback is prohibited. All deer hunters must sign in and sign out daily and record harvest at the kiosk.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 1st Mon. - Sat. on or after Sept. 15, 1st Mon. - Sat. in Oct., 2nd Mon. - Sat. in Oct., 3rd Mon. - Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(c) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) 4th Mon. in Oct. - following Sat., 2nd Mon. - Sat. in Nov.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(i) Fri. after Thanksgiving - last day of Nov., Dec. 16 - 31.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only.

(e) Small Game (no fox squirrels).

(i) Jan. 1 - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

14. Little Pee Dee Complex WMA

(a) Includes Little Pee Dee River HP, Tilghman HP, Dargan HP and Ward HP in Horry and Marion Counties. This also includes the Upper Gunters Island and Huggins tracts in Horry Co. which are part of Dargan HP. Still hunting only, no deer dogs, no buckshot, no hunting from watercraft. Hogs may be harvested during any scheduled hunt only with weapons allowed for the current open season.

(b) Total of 3 deer for all hunts and hunt periods are combined. Hogs no limit.

(c) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 15 - last Sat. in Sept.

(1) 1 deer per day, buck only

(ii) Oct. 1 - 3rd Sat. in Oct., Mon. after Dec. 15 - Jan. 1.

(1) 1 deer per day, either-sex

(d) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) 4th Mon. in Oct. - the following Sat.

(1) 1 deer per day, buck only

(ii) 1st Mon. in Nov. - the following Sat.

(1) 1 deer per day, either-sex

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(i) 2nd Mon. in Nov. - 4th Sat. in Nov.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only

(f) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) Mar. 1 - 20

(iii) No limit.

(g) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) Mar. 21 - Fri. before the last Sat. in Mar.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only. Buckshot and rimfire firearms not permitted.

(h) Raccoon

(i) Sept. 15 - Mar. 1

(ii) Limit 3 per party per night.

(i) Small Game ( no fox squirrels)

(i) Thanksgiving Day - Mar. 1

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

15. Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Still hunting only, no deer dogs, no buckshot.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 2nd Mon. - Sat. in Oct., 3rd Mon. - Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(c) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) 4th Mon. - Sat. in Oct., 1st Mon. - Sat. in Nov.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(i) 2nd Mon. in Nov. - 4th Sat. in Nov.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only.

(e) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) Mar. 1 - 20

(iii) No limit.

(f) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) Mar. 21- Fri. before the last Sat. in Mar.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only. Buckshot and rimfire firearms not permitted.

(g) Raccoon

(i) 1st Wed. in Dec. - last Wed. in Feb. Wed. nights only.

(ii) Limit 3 per party per night.

(h) Small Game (Gray squirrel and woodcock only, no fox squirrels).

(i) Thanksgiving Day - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 5 bag limits.

(iii) Woodcock during Federal Season and Federal limits.

F. Game Zone 6

1. Francis Marion National Forest

(a) During still gun hunts for deer, there shall be no hunting or shooting from, on or across any road open to vehicle traffic. No buckshot on still gun hunts. During deer hunts when dogs are used, buckshot only is permitted. On either-sex hunts with dogs, all deer must be checked in by one hour after legal sunset. On all still gun and muzzleloader either-sex hunts for all units, all does must be tagged with an Individual Antlerless Deer Tag except when harvested on county-wide either-sex days. Individual Antlerless Deer Tags are valid on days not designated as either-sex on or after Oct. 1 for still hunting only. Tibwin Special Use Area (in Wambaw) is closed to hunting except for Special hunts. On youth deer hunts, only youths 17 and younger may carry a gun and must be accompanied by an adult 21 years old or older. Hogs may be harvested during any scheduled hunt. No fox or coyote hunting with dogs on the Francis Marion.

(b) Total of 4 deer for all gun and muzzleloader hunts on the Francis Marion.

(c) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) Mon. after 1st Sat. in Mar. - Mar. 20.

(iii) No limit.

(d) Hellhole WMA

(i) Archery Deer Hunts

(1) Sept. 1 - Oct. 31

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex Sept. 15 - Oct. 31, hogs no limit.

(ii) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(1) Nov. 1 - Jan. 1 except during scheduled dog drive hunts.

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(iii) Deer Hunts with Dogs (shotguns only)

(1) 1st Sat. in Nov., 1st Sat. in Dec., 2 deer per day, buck only, hogs no limit.

(iv) Youth Only Deer Hunt with Dogs

(1) Sat. following the 2-day Wambaw buck only hunt in Nov.

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(3) Requirements for youth are the same as the statewide youth deer hunt day.

(v) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(1) Every other Fri. and Sat. in Feb. beginning the 2nd Fri. in Feb.

(2) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(3) No still or stalk hunting.

(4) One shotgun per party, buck shot only. Pistols allowed.

(5) Hog hunters must have a hunting license and WMA Permit.

(6) Hogs may not be transported alive.

(7) Hunting allowed from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

(vi) Small Game (no open season for fox hunting)

(1) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(2) Dogs allowed during small game gun season only. Closed during scheduled periods using dogs to hunt deer.

(3) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

(e) Waterhorn WMA

(i) Archery Deer Hunts

(1) Sept. 1 - 30

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex Sept. 15 - 30, hogs no limit.

(ii) Muzzleloader Hunts for Deer

(1) Open last full week in Oct. and lasting for 14 days.

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(iii) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(1) 1st and 2nd Fri. and Sat. in Oct., 2nd and last Fri. and Sat. in Nov.

(a) 2 deer per day, buck only, hogs no limit.

(2) 1st full week in Dec., Dec. 26 - Jan. 1.

(a) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(iv) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(1) Every other Fri. and Sat. in Feb. beginning the 1st Fri. in Feb. and ending on the 1st Sat. in Mar.

(2) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(3) No still or stalk hunting.

(4) One shotgun per party, buck shot only. Pistols allowed.

(5) Hog hunters must have a hunting license and WMA Permit.

(6) Hogs may not be transported alive.

(7) Hunting allowed from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

(v) Small Game (no open season for fox hunting)

(1) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(2) Dogs allowed during small game gun season only. Closed to small game and waterfowl hunting during scheduled deer hunt periods.

(3) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

(f) Wambaw WMA

(i) Archery Deer Hunts

(1) Sept. 1 - 30

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex Sept. 15 - 30, hogs no limit.

(ii) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(1) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1 except during scheduled dog drive hunts.

(2) 2 deer per day, hogs no limit.

(3) Still gun hunts only East of Hwy 17. Rifles only.

(iii) Deer Hunts with Dogs (shotguns only)

(1) Fri. in Sept. before the last Sat. Northampton dog hunt, Wed. and Thurs. before the 3rd Sat. in Nov. and 2nd Sat. in Oct., 2 hunting days after Dec. 25.

(a) 2 deer per day, buck only, hogs no limit.

(2) 2nd Sat. in Dec.

(a) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(b) All deer must be checked in at Awendaw Check Station on Hwy 17, Honey Hill Lookout Tower, P&C Grocery, Alvin One Stop or Kangaroo in Jamestown.

(iv) Youth Only Deer Hunt with Dogs

(1) 4th Sat. in Oct.

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(3) Requirements for youth are the same as the statewide youth deer hunt day.

(v) Seewee Special Use Area

(1) Archery (no dogs)

(2) Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

(3) 2 deer per day, buck only except either-sex Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.

(vi) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(1) Every other Fri. and Sat. beginning with the 1st Fri. in Feb. and ending on 1st Sat. in Mar.

(2) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(3) No still or stalk hunting.

(4) One shotgun per party, buck shot only. Pistols allowed.

(5) Hog hunters must have a hunting license and WMA Permit.

(6) Hogs may not be transported alive.

(7) Hunting allowed from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

(vii) Small Game (no open season for fox hunting)

(1) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(2) Dogs allowed during small game gun season only. Closed during scheduled periods using dogs to hunt deer.

(3) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

(g) Northampton WMA

(i) Archery Deer Hunts

(1) Sept. 1 - 30

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex Sept. 15 - 30, hogs no limit.

(ii) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(1) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1 except during scheduled dog drive hunts.

(2) 2 deer per day, hogs no limit.

(iii) Deer Hunts with Dogs (shotguns only)

(1) Last Sat. in Sept., Wed. and Thurs. before the 2nd Sat. in Oct., Fri. before the 4th Sat. in Nov., 3rd hunting day after Dec. 25.

(a) 2 deer per day, buck only, hogs no limit.

(2) 2nd Sat. in Dec.

(a) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(b) All deer must be checked in at P&C Grocery, Kangaroo in Jamestown, Awendaw check station on Hwy 17, Alvin One Stop or Honey Hill Lookout Tower.

(iv) Youth Only Deer Hunt with Dogs

(1) Sat. of the statewide youth deer hunt day in Jan.

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(3) Requirements for youth are the same as the statewide youth deer hunt day.

(v) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(1) Every other Fri. and Sat. beginning with the 1st Fri. in Feb. and ending on 1st Sat. in Mar.

(2) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(3) No still or stalk hunting.

(4) One shotgun per party, buck shot only. Pistols allowed.

(5) Hog hunters must have a hunting license and WMA Permit.

(6) Hogs may not be transported alive.

(7) Hunting allowed from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

(vi) Small Game (no open season for fox hunting)

(1) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(2) Dogs allowed during small game gun season only. Closed during scheduled periods using dogs to hunt deer.

(3) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

(h) Santee WMA

(i) Archery Deer Hunts

(1) Sept. 1 - 30

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex Sept. 15 - 30, hogs no limit.

(ii) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(1) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1 except during scheduled dog drive hunts.

(2) 2 deer per day, hogs no limit.

(iii) Deer Hunts with Dogs (shotguns only)

(1) 2nd Fri. and Sat. in Sept., Wed. and Thurs. before the 4th Sat. in Oct., 1st Fri. in Dec.

(a) 2 deer per day, buck only, hogs no limit.

(2) 2nd Sat. in Dec.

(a) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(b) All deer must be checked in at P&C Grocery, Kangaroo in Jamestown, Awendaw check station on Hwy 17, Alvin One Stop or Honey Hill Lookout Tower.

(iv) Youth Only Deer Hunt with Dogs

(1) 1st Sat. in Oct.

(2) 2 deer per day, either-sex, hogs no limit.

(3) Requirements for youth are the same as the statewide youth deer hunt day.

(v) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(1) Every other Fri. and Sat. in Feb. beginning with the 2nd Fri. in Feb.

(2) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(3) No still or stalk hunting.

(4) One shotgun per party, buck shot only. Pistols allowed.

(5) Hog hunters must have a hunting license and WMA Permit.

(6) Hogs may not be transported alive.

(7) Hunting allowed from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

(vi) Small Game (no open season for fox hunting)

(1) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(2) Dogs allowed during small game gun season only. Closed during scheduled periods using dogs to hunt deer.

(3) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

2. Moultrie

(a) Total of 8 deer per season.

(b) No hunting or shooting within fifty feet of the center of any road during gun hunts for deer except for SCDNR draw youth hunts. Hogs may be harvested during any scheduled hunt, no limit.

(c) Bluefield

(i) Open only to youth 17 years of age or younger who must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. Youth hunters must carry a firearm and hunt. Adults with youth are allowed to carry a weapon and hunt.

(ii) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no buckshot)

(1) Aug. 15 - Jan. 1, Wed. and Sat. only.

(2) 2 deer per day, buck only except either-sex Wed. and Sat., Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.

(iii) Small Game (no open season on fox squirrels)

(1) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(2) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

(d) Greenfield

(i) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no buckshot)

(1) Nov. 1 - Jan. 1.

(2) 2 deer per day, buck only except either-sex 1st Thurs. - Sat. in the season and beginning the last full week of the season - Jan. 1.

(ii) Small Game (no open season on fox squirrels)

(1) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(2) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

(e) Hall WMA

(i) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(1) Sept. 1 - Jan. 1

(2) 2 deer per day, buck only except either-sex Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.

(ii) Small Game (shotguns only)

(1) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1

(2) Game Zone 6 limits except quail 8 per day.

(f) North Dike WMA

(i) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no buckshot, no dogs)

(ii) 1st Fri. after Aug. 15 - last Sat. in Oct.

(iii) 2 deer per day, buck only except either-sex Oct. 1 - last Sat. in Oct.

(iv) Individual Antlerless Deer Tags valid on days not designated as either-sex after Sept. 15.

(v) Small Game (no open season on fox squirrels)

(1) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(2) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

(3) Closed to small game hunting Wed. and Fri. during Nov. and Dec.

(4) Sandy Beach Waterfowl Area open for raccoon hunting Feb. 1 - Mar. 1.

(g) Porcher WMA

(i) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(1) Sept. 1 - Jan. 1.

(2) 2 deer per day, buck only except either-sex Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.

(ii) Small Game (no open season on fox squirrels) shotguns only

(1) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1

(2) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

(h) Cross Station Site

(i) Special Gun Hunts for youth and women

(1) No open season except hunters selected by drawing.

(2) 1 deer per day, either-sex

3. Santee Cooper WMA

(a) Data cards required for hunter access. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving. Hunters limited to two deer/tree stands which must contain a label with the hunter's name and address. No stands may be placed on Santee Cooper WMA prior to Sept. 15.

(b) Total of 8 deer per season for all hunts combined, no more than 2 bucks.

(c) Quality Deer Management Area - Only antlerless deer, spike bucks (2 points) and bucks with a minimum 4 points on one side or a 12-inch minimum antler spread. A point must be at least one inch measured from the nearest edge of main beam to the top of the point. Campground is open during scheduled deer hunts only.

(d) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 1st full week in Oct.

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex, no more than 1 buck per day.

(e) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) 2nd full week in Oct., 1st full week in Nov., 2nd full week in Dec.

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex, no more than 1 buck per day.

(f) Raccoon

(i) 1st Mon. after the closing of the last deer hunt - Mar. 1

(ii) Fri. and Sat. only.

(iii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(g) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during any scheduled hunts only with weapons allowed for current open season. No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs. No limit on hogs or coyotes.

(h) Small Game

(i) 1st Mon. after the closing of the last deer hunt - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

4. Webb WMA

(a) Data cards are required for hunter access. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving.

(b) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs)

(i) Hunters selected by drawing.

(ii) 2 deer, either-sex but only 1 buck

(iii) Bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a 12-inch minimum antler spread.

(iv) 1st firearm draw hunt of each season is antlerless only. No antlered bucks may be harvested.

(c) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs, no stalking or man drives)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) 4th Thurs. - Sat. in Feb., 2nd and 3rd Thurs. - Sat. in May, 1st Thurs. - Sat. in Sept.

(iii) No limit.

(d) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 1st Thurs. - Sat. in Mar., 2nd Thurs. - Sat. in Mar., 2nd Thurs. - Sat. in Sept.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(v) Hunters must sign register upon entering and leaving the Webb WMA.

(vi) Hog hunters are permitted to camp at Bluff Lake on nights prior to and during scheduled hog hunts only.

(e) Quail Hunts

(i) 2nd and 4th Wed. in Jan., 2nd and 4th Sat. in Jan., 1st and 3rd Sat. in Feb., 1st and 3rd Wed. in Feb.

(ii) Limit 8 per day

(iii) Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset.

(f) Other Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(ii) No hunting on half-days scheduled for deer hunting.

(iii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(g) Dove Hunting

(i) Designated public dove field only

(ii) Days published annually.

(iii) Federal bag limits.

5. Bear Island WMA

(a) All hunters must sign in and out at the Bear Island Office. Hunting in designated areas only. Hogs may be harvested during any scheduled hunt.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 1st Fri. in Oct. - 2nd Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 3 deer, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(c) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, rifles only)

(i) Hunters selected by drawing.

(ii) 3 deer, either-sex but only 1 buck

(iii) Bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a 12-inch minimum antler spread.

(d) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 1st Thurs. - Sat. in Mar.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(v) All hogs harvested must be checked at the check station.

(e) Alligator Hunts (Bear Island East and West Units only)

(i) Hunters selected by drawing only. Limited season with restricted access.

(ii) Limit and size restrictions as prescribed.

(f) Raccoon and Opossum

(i) Beginning the Wed. after Fed. Youth Waterfowl Day - Mar. 15, Wed. and Fri. nights only.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(g) Quail Hunts

(i) Tues. only, beginning the Tue. after Fed. Youth Waterfowl Day - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(h) Other Small Game

(i) Wed. after Fed. Youth Waterfowl Day - Mar. 1., Wed. and Sat. only.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

6. Donnelley WMA

(a) All hunters must sign in and out at the check station. Hunting in designated areas only. Scouting season for archery only on the day before the season opens. Hogs can be harvested during any scheduled hunt only with weapons allowed for the current open season.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Oct. 1 - Oct. 5, Nov. 1 - Nov. 5, Dec. 1 - Dec. 5.

(ii) 4 deer, either-sex except no more than 1 buck. Hogs no limit.

(iii) Bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a 12-inch minimum antler spread.

(c) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, rifles only)

(i) Hunters selected by drawing or designated special antlerless only hunts.

(ii) 3 deer, either-sex but only 1 buck

(iii) Bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a 12-inch minimum antler spread except antlerless only during special antlerless only hunts.

(d) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 1st Thurs. - Sat. in Mar.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(v) All hogs harvested must be checked at the check station.

(e) Raccoon and Opossum

(i) Dec. 6 - Mar. 15, Tues. and Fri. nights

(ii) Raccoon Game Zone 6 bag limits, opossum no limit.

(f) Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) Dec. 6 - Mar. 1, Wed. and Sat.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

7. Hatchery WMA

(a) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 1 - 2nd Sat. in Nov.

(ii) Total 8 deer per season.

(iii) 2 per day, buck only except either-sex Sept. 15 - 2nd Sat. in Nov.

8. Bonneau Ferry WMA

(a) No camping allowed. No person hunting on Bonneau Ferry WMA may possess, consume, or be under the influence of intoxicants including beer, wine, liquor or illegal drugs. All terrain vehicles prohibited. Hunting access by boat is prohibited. For hunting, Adult/youth Side A is open only to youth 17 years old or younger who must be accompanied by only one adult 21 years of age or older. Youth hunters must carry a firearm and hunt. Adults with youth hunters may also carry a firearm and hunt. For deer and small game hunting Sides A and B will alternate each year. All hunters must sign in and sign out upon entering or leaving. All deer must be checked out at the main entrance. Closed to public access one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise except for special hunts regulated by DNR. Hunters may not enter WMA prior to 5:00 AM on designated hunts. All impoundments and adjacent posted buffers are closed to all public access Nov. 1 - Mar. 1 except for special draw deer hunts and waterfowl hunts regulated by DNR during the regular waterfowl season. No fox or bobcat hunting. Hogs may be harvested during any scheduled hunt.

(b) Limit of 2 deer per day, total 8 deer per season for all hunts, no more than 2 antlered deer total. Hogs no limit.

(c) Side A (Adult/Youth only)

(i) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(1) Sept. 15 - Jan. 1, Wed., Fri. and Sat., entire week of Thanksgiving and 5 days before Christmas until Jan. 1.

(d) Side B

(i) Archery Deer Hunts

(1) Sept. 1 - 14 buck only

(2) Sept. 15 - 20 either-sex

(3) 2nd Mon. in Nov. until Nov. 30 either-sex

(e) Still Gun Hunts for Deer

(i) No open season except for hunters selected by computer drawing.

(ii) Total 3 deer, either-sex except only 1 buck. Hogs no limit.

(iii) Draw deer hunts are for two and one half days (afternoon on the first day and 2 full days).

(iv) Hunt periods begin in Sept. and continue until early Dec.

(v) Hunters are required to have permit in possession and must sign in and out (Name, permit # and deer killed each day). Hunted areas are closed to general public access during scheduled deer, turkey and waterfowl hunts.

(f) Raccoon and Opossum

(i) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1, Tues. and Sat. nights only.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(g) Quail (Side A) Adult/youth only

(i) Open every other Sat. beginning Feb. 1 - Mar. 1.

(ii) Bag limit 8 per party.

(h) Quail (Side B)

(i) Open every other Sat. beginning Feb. 1 - Mar. 1.

(ii) Bag limit 8 per party.

(iii) Shotguns must be plugged to hold no more than 3 shells.

(i) Other Small Game (no fox squirrels or fox)

(i) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(iii) Dogs allowed during gun seasons only.

(j) Bonneau Ferry Fishing Regulations

(i) Open to fishing on Wed., Sat. and Sun. from Mar. 2 - Oct. 31 during daylight hours only.

(ii) Adult/youth fishing only. Each youth (17 years and under) must be accompanied by no more than two adults 18 years of age or older.

(iii) The youth must actively fish.

(iv) Fishing is not allowed during scheduled deer and turkey hunts.

(v) Only electric motors may be used.

(vi) Creel limits per person per day are: largemouth bass - 2, panfish (bluegill, redear, crappie, pumpkinseed, redbreast) - 10, species not listed - no limit. Grass carp must be released alive immediately.

9. Santee Coastal Reserve WMA

(a) Deer hunters must sign in and sign out and complete a data card on harvested animals. Hogs may be harvested during any scheduled hunt.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) 2nd Sat. in Oct. - last Sat. in Nov.

(ii) 2 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(iii) Hunting on mainland only.

(iv) No possession of handguns or sidearms during archery only hunts.

(c) Archery and Muzzleloader Hunts for Deer

(i) 1st Thur. - Sat. in Dec.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

(d) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 2nd and 4th Thurs. in Feb., 3rd and 4th Fri. in Mar.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(v) All hogs harvested must be checked at the check station.

(e) Alligator Hunts

(i) Hunters selected by drawing only. Limited season with restricted access.

(ii) Limit and size restrictions as prescribed.

(f) Raccoon and opossum

(i) Tues. and Fri. nights, Tues. following the 1st Thurs. - Sat. in Dec. - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(g) Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) Wed. and Sat. only, Wed. following the 1st Thur. - Sat. in Dec. - Mar. 1.

10. Dugannon Hertiage Preserve WMA

(a) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Oct. 15 - Dec. 1

(ii) Total 8 deer per season, 2 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

11. Edisto WMA

(a) Hogs may be harvested during any scheduled hunt. No limit on hogs.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) Sept. 15 - 30.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(c) Archery and Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

(i) Mon. - Sat. for two weeks beginning the 1st full week in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex.

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, no buckshot)

(i) Mon. following the closing of muzzleloader season - Jan. 1.

(ii) 1 deer per day, bucks only except either-sex on each Fri. and Sat. in Nov.

(e) Small Game

(i) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

12. Canal WMA

(a) Quail Hunts

(i) 1st Wed. after opening day of quail Game Zone 6 quail season and every other Wed. and Sat. thereafter until Mar. 1.

(ii) Bag limit 8 per day.

13. Palachucola WMA

(a) Data cards are required for hunter access. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving WMA.

(b) Bucks must have a minimum 4 points on one side or a 12-inch minimum antler spread.

(c) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Sixteen hunting days beginning the last Wed. in Sept., 3rd Thurs. - Sat. in Dec.

(ii) 3 deer, either-sex except only 1 buck.

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs)

(i) No open season except for hunters selected by computer drawing.

(ii) 3 deer, either-sex except only 1 buck.

(e) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs, no stalking or man drives)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) 4th Thurs. - Sat. in Feb., 2nd and 3rd Thurs. - Sat. in May, 1st Thurs. - Sat. in Sept.

(iii) No limit.

(f) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 1st Thurs. - Sat. in Mar., 2nd Thurs. - Sat. in Mar., 2nd Thurs. - Sat. in Sept.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(v) Hunters must sign register upon entering and leaving the WMA.

(g) Quail Hunts

(i) 2nd and 4th Wed. in Jan., 2nd and 4th Sat. in Jan., 1st and 3rd Sat. in Feb., 1st and 3rd Wed. in Feb.

(ii) Bag limit 8 per day.

(iii) Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset.

(h) Other Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(iii) No small game hunting during scheduled deer hunts.

14. St. Helena Sound Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Deer hunting by permit only obtained at McKenzie Field Station. Camping by special permit only and on Otter Island only.

(b) Otter Island Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Nov. 1 - 30

(ii) 2 deer per season, 1 deer per day. Hogs no limit.

(c) Otter Island Raccoon Hunts

(i) Sat. during Jan. and Feb.

(i) Game Zone 6 limits.

(d) Ashe, Beet, Warren, Big and South Williman Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Oct. 1 - Jan. 1

(ii) 3 deer per season, 1 deer per day, either-sex. Hogs no limit.

15. Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Still hunting only, no deer dogs, no buckshot, no hunting from vehicles. Total 2 deer per season. Hogs no limit.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 2nd Mon. - Sat. in Oct., 3rd Mon. - Sat. in Oct.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex

(c) Archery and Muzzleloader Hunts for Deer

(i) 4th Mon. - Sat. in Oct., 1st Mon. - Sat. in Nov.

(ii) 1 deer per day, either-sex

(d) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs)

(i) 2nd Mon. in Nov. - 4th Sat. in Nov.

(ii) 1 deer per day, buck only

(e) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) Mar. 1 - 20

(iii) No limit. No bay or catch dogs.

(f) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) Mar. 21 - Fri. before the last Sat. in Mar.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(g) Raccoon Hunts

(i) 1st Wed. in Dec. - last Wed. in Feb. Wed. nights only.

(ii) 3 per party per night.

(h) Small Game

(i) Gray squirrel

(1) Thanksgiving Day - Mar. 1

(2) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(ii) Woodcock

(1) Federal seasons

(2) Federal bag limits

16. Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 14 hunting days beginning the last Fri. in Oct.

(ii) 2 deer, either-sex

(b) Archery and Muzzleloader Hunts for Deer

(i) 8 hunting days beginning the 2nd Fri. in Dec.

(ii) 2 deer, buck only except either-sex on Fri. and Sat.

(c) Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) No hunting before Sept. 1 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(iii) No small game hunting during scheduled deer hunt periods.

17. Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Three hunting day periods beginning the 1st Thurs. in Oct., 2nd Thurs. in Oct., the 3rd Thurs. in Oct., the 4th Thurs. in Oct., eight hunting days beginning the 1st Fri. in Nov. and eight hunting days beginning the 2nd Fri. after Thanksgiving.

(ii) 3 deer per hunt period, either-sex

(b) Small Game

(i) No hunting before Oct. 15 or after Feb. 1, otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(iii) No small game hunting during scheduled deer hunt periods.

(iv) Shotguns only, shot no larger than no. 2.

18. Hamilton Ridge WMA

(a) Quality Deer Management Area - Antlered deer must have at least 4 points on 1 side or a minimum 12-inch antler spread. A point must be at least 1 inch long measured from the nearest edge of main beam to the top of the point. No more than 3 bucks total may be taken during all seasons combined regardless of method. Firearms must be unloaded and cased when not hunting. Scouting and stand placement allowed 1 day prior to hunts. No buckshot. Hogs may be taken only during deer hunts or scheduled hog hunts. All hogs must be killed where taken. Horseback riding by permit only. No ATVs allowed. Data cards are required for hunter access. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving the WMA.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) 3rd Mon. - Sat. in Sept., 4th Mon. - Sat. in Oct., 1st week in Nov., 2nd Mon. - Sat. in Nov., 2nd Thur. - Sat. in Dec.

(ii) 2 deer per hunt period, either-sex, only 1 buck. Hogs no limit.

(c) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs)

(i) No open season except hunters selected by computer drawing.

(ii) 3 deer, either-sex but only 1 buck.

(d) Still Hog Hunts (no dogs, no stalking or man drives)

(i) Archery, crossbows, centerfire rifles, muzzleloading rifles, centerfire handguns and shotguns with slugs only.

(ii) 4th Thurs. - Sat. in Feb., 2nd and 3rd Thurs. - Sat. in May, 1st Thurs. - Sat. in Sept.

(iii) No limit.

(e) Hog Hunts with Dogs

(i) 1st Thurs. - Sat. in Mar., 2nd Thurs. - Sat. in Mar., 2nd Thurs. - Sat. in Sept.

(ii) No more than 4 bay or catch dogs per party.

(iii) No live hogs removed from WMA.

(iv) Handguns only.

(f) Quail Hunts

(i) 2nd and 4th Wed. in Jan., 2nd and 4th Sat. in Jan., 1st and 3rd Sat. in Feb., 1st and 3rd Wed. in Feb.

(ii) Bag limit 8 per day.

(iii) Shooting hours end 30 minutes prior to official sunset.

(g) Other Small Game (no fox squirrels)

(i) No hunting before Dec. 26 or after Mar. 1; otherwise Game Zone 6 seasons apply.

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits.

(iii) No hog hunting during small game hunts.

19. Old Island Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Archery Deer Hunts (no dogs)

(i) Sept. 15 - Jan. 1.

(ii) Total 2 deer per season, 1 deer per day, either-sex.

20. Botany Bay Plantation WMA

(a) All hunters, fishermen and visitors must obtain and complete a day use pass upon entering the area and follow all instructions on the pass. Botany Bay Plantation WMA is open to public access during daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset) except during special hunts and events regulated by DNR. Area is closed to general public access during special scheduled hunts. Hunting in designated areas only. Hunting access by boat is prohibited. Fishing in the Jason's Lake complex and all other ponds is adult/youth catch and release only on designated days. For adult/youth fishing, youth must be accompanied by no more than two adults 18 years old or older. Adult may also fish.

(b) Archery Deer Hunts

(i) 1st Mon. after Sept. 15 until the 1st Sat. in Oct., Mon. - Sat. during the week of Thanksgiving, Mon. - Sat. during the week of Christmas.

(ii) Total of 3 deer, either-sex but only 1 buck with a minimum 4 points on one side or a 12" antler spread.

(c) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, no buckshot)

(i) No open season except for hunters selected by computer drawing.

(ii) Total 3 deer, either-sex but only 1 buck with a minimum 4 points on one side or a 12" minimum antler spread.

(iii) Draw hunts are for two and one-half days (afternoon on the first day and 2 full days). Hunt periods begin in Sept. and continue into Dec. Hunters are required to have permit in possession and must sign in and sign out (Name, permit # and deer killed each day) at the designated check station. All harvested deer must be checked in at the designated check station.

(d) Raccoon and Opossum

(i) Jan. 2 - Mar. 15 (Wed. - Fri. only)

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits

(e) Small Game (no open season for fox squirrels or foxes).

(i) Jan. 2 - Mar. 1 (Wed. and Sat. only)

(ii) Game Zone 6 bag limits except quail 8 per day.

(iii) Dogs allowed during gun seasons only.

21. Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Still Gun Hunts for Deer (no dogs, no buckshot)

(i) No open season except for hunters selected by drawing.

(ii) Total 2 deer per day, either-sex

(b) Hogs and Coyotes

(i) Feral hogs and coyotes may be taken during any scheduled hunts only with weapons allowed for current open season. No hog hunting with dogs except during special designated hog hunts with dogs. No limit on hogs or coyotes.

GENERAL REGULATIONS

2.1 Except as provided in these regulations, no person may hunt or take wildlife on areas designated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lands.

2.2 Entry only WMA land is done wholly and completely at the risk of the individual. Neither the landowner or the State of South Carolina nor the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources accepts any responsibility for acts, omissions, or activities or conditions on these lands which cause personal injury or property damage.

2.3 Entry onto WMA land constitutes consent to an inspection and search of the person, game bag or creel.

2.4 No person may hunt or take wildlife on WMA land unless an individual is in possession of a valid South Carolina license; a valid WMA permit; an other applicable federal or state permits, stamps or licenses.

2.5 No Sunday hunting is permitted on any WMA lands.

2.6 On all WMA lands, baiting or hunting over a baited area is prohibited. As used in this section, "bait" or "baiting" means the placing, depositing, exposing, distributing, or scattering of shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat, or other grain or other food stuffs to constitute an attraction, lure, or enticement to, on, or over any area. "Baited area" means an area where bait is directly or indirectly place, deposited, exposed, distributed, or scattered and the area remains a baited area for ten (10) days following the complete removal of all bait. Salt/minerals are not considered bait.

2.7 On WMA lands construction or use of tree stands and temporary climbing devices is prohibited if the tree stand or temporary climbing device is constructed by driving nails, screws or other devices into the tree; or the tree stand or temporary climbing device is constructed by wrapping wire around the tree. Other tree stands and temporary climbing devices are permitted provided they are not permanently affixed or embedded in the tree. All stands and temporary climbing devices must be removed by the end of the deer hunting season.

2.8 On WMA lands any hunter younger than sixteen (16) years of age must be accompanied by an adult (21 years or older) who is validly licensed and holds applicable permits, licenses or stamps for the use of WMA lands. Sight and voice contact must be maintained. This also applies to non-state or non-federally owned leased WMA land in Game Zones 1 and 2 for deer hunting.

2.9 Notwithstanding any other provision of these regulations, the Department may permit special seasons on any day during the regular hunting season.

2.10 No person may release or attempt to release any animal onto WMA lands without approval from the Department.

2.11 While participating in a hunt on WMAs, no person may possess, consume or be under the influence of intoxicants, including beer, wine, liquor or drugs.

2.12 On WMA lands, during designated statewide youth deer hunt day, still hunting only, two deer either-sex.

2.13 Taking or destroying timber, other forest products or cutting firewood on WMA lands without written permission from the landowner or his agent is prohibited. Users of WMA lands are prohibited from planting, attempting to plant, burning or otherwise attempting to manipulate crops, natural vegetation or openings without written permission from the landowner or his agent.

2.14 On WMA lands, hunting armadillos, coyotes and hogs at night is prohibited. Armadillos and coyotes may be hunted during any open season for game during daylight hours. Weapon(s) used to hunt armadillos and coyotes are limited to the weapon(s) that are allowed for the current open season on WMA.

WEAPONS

3.1 On WMA lands hunters may use any shotgun, rifle, bow and arrow, crossbow or hand gun except that specific weapons may be prohibited on certain hunts. Small game hunters may possess or use shotguns with shot no larger than No. 2 or .22 rimfire or smaller rifles/handguns or primitive muzzle-loading rifles of .40 caliber or smaller. Small game hunters may not possess or use buckshot, slugs or shot larger than No. 2. Blow guns, dart guns or drugged arrows are not permitted. Small game hunters using archery equipment must use small game tips on the arrows (judo points, bludgeon points, etc.).

3.2 For Special Primitive Weapons Seasons, primitive weapons include bow and arrow, crossbow and muzzle-loading shotguns (20 gauge or larger) and rifles (.36 caliber or larger) with open or peep sights or scopes, which use black powder or a black powder substitute that does not contain nitro-cellulose or nitro-glycerin components as the propellant charge. There are no restrictions on ignition systems (e.g. flintstone, percussion cap, shotgun primer, disk, electronic, etc.). During primitive weapons season, no revolving rifles are permitted.

3.3 On WMA lands big game hunters are not allowed to use military or hard-jacketed bullets or .22 or smaller rimfire. Buckshot is prohibited during still hunts for deer or hogs on the Santee Coastal Reserve, Bucksport, Pee Dee Station Site, Lewis Ocean Bay, Great Pee Dee, Crackerneck, Webb Center, Marsh Furniture, Manchester State Forest, Palachucola, Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve, Donnelley, Francis Marion, Moultrie, McBee, Edisto and Bonneau Ferry WMAs.

3.4 On WMAs all firearms transported in vehicles must be unloaded and secured in a weapons case, or in the trunk of a vehicle or in a locked toolbox. On the Francis Marion Hunt Unit during deer hunts with dogs, loaded shotguns may be transported in vehicles. Any shotgun, centerfire rifle or rimfire rifle or pistol with a shell in the chamber or magazine or muzzleloader with a cap on the nipple or flintlock with powder in the flash pan is considered loaded.

3.5 No target practice is permitted on WMA lands except in specifically designated areas.

3.6 On WMA lands during still gun hunts for deer or hogs there shall be no hunting or shooting from, on or across any road open to vehicle traffic. During any deer or hog hunt there shall be no open season for hunting on any designated recreational trail on U.S Forest Service or S.C. Public Service Authority property.

DEER

4.1 On WMA lands with designated check stations, all deer bagged must be checked at a check station. Deer bagged too late for reporting one day must be reported the following day. Unless otherwise specified by the department, only bucks (male deer) may be taken on all WMA lands. Male deer must have antlers visible two (2) inches above the hairline to be legally bagged on "bucks only" hunts. Male deer with visible antlers of less than two (2) inches above the hairline must be taken only on either-sex days or pursuant to permits issued by the department. A point is any projection at least one inch long and longer than wide at some location at least one inch from the tip of the projection. Antler spread is the greatest outside measurement (main beam or points) on a plane perpendicular to the skull. On WMA lands, man drives for deer are permitted between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. only, except that no man drives may be conducted on days designated by the department for taking deer of either sex. On WMA lands, drivers participating in man drives are prohibited from carrying or using weapons. On WMA lands, in Game Zones 1 and 2, man drives will be permitted on the last four (4) scheduled either-sex days. A man drive is defined as an organized hunting technique involving two (2) or more individuals whereby an attempt is made to drive game animals from cover or habitat for the purpose of shooting, killing, or moving such animals toward other hunters.

4.2 Deer either-sex days for gun hunts are as follows:

(a) Game Zone 1: The first three Sat. in Nov.

(b) Game Zones 2 - 6: Every Sat. from Oct. 1 to the Sat. after Thanksgiving day inclusive; Sat. in Dec.

beginning 23 days after Thanksgiving day; and the last day of the open season.

(c) In Game Zones 1 and 2 hunters using archery equipment may take either-sex during any open season for deer.

(d) On special mobility impaired and youth deer hunts sanctioned by the department and during the statewide youth deer hunt day, participants may take antlerless deer, 2 per day.

DOGS

5.1 On all WMA lands, dogs may be used for small game hunting unless otherwise specified.

5.2 On all WMA lands in Game Zones 1 and 2, beagles may not be used for rabbit hunting during still gun hunts for deer or bear. Beagles may be used from the close of the season for deer until the close of the rabbit season. Beagles may be trained for rabbit hunting from September 1 through September 30 (no guns).

5.3 On WMA lands, dogs may be used for hunting foxes, raccoons, bobcats or opossums only between thirty (30) minutes after official sunset and 30 minutes before official sunrise.

5.4 The Department may permit deer hunting with dogs on WMA areas not located in Game Zones 1 and 2. For the purposes of tracking a wounded deer, a hunter may use one dog which is kept on a leash.

5.5 Dogs may be used to hunt bear on WMA lands in Game Zone 1 during the special party dog bear season.

5.6 On WMA lands, dogs may be used to hunt hogs only during special designated hog hunts with dogs.

VEHICLES

6.1 On all WMA lands, no hunter may shoot from a vehicle except that mobility impaired hunters may take game from any stationary motor driven land conveyance or trailer which is operated in compliance with these rules. For purposes of this regulation, mobility impaired means individuals who are permanently confined to a wheelchair, permanently require the use of two crutches, permanently require the use of a walker to walk, or persons with single or double leg amputations. Written confirmation of permanent impairment is required from a physician or qualifying agency.

6.2 On WMA lands, motor driven land conveyances must be operated only on designated roads or trails. Unless otherwise specified, roads or trails which are closed by barricades and/or signs, either permanently or temporarily, are off limits to motor-driven land conveyances.

6.3 A person may not obstruct or cause to be obstructed travel routes on WMA lands.

VISIBLE COLOR CLOTHING

7.1 On all WMA lands during any gun and muzzleloader hunting seasons for deer, bear and hogs, all hunters including small game hunters must wear either a hat, coat, or vest of solid visible international orange, except hunters for dove, turkey, ducks, geese and other hunted migratory birds including crows are exempt from this requirement while hunting for those species.

CAMPING

8.1 Camping is not permitted on WMA lands except in designated camp sites.

TRAPPING

9.1 Trapping on WMA lands is not permitted.

WATERFOWL & DOVE REGULATIONS

10.1 Unless specially designated by the Department as a Wildlife Management Area for Waterfowl or a Wildlife Management Area for Dove, all Wildlife Management Areas are open during the regular season for hunting and taking of migratory birds except where restricted to special small game seasons within the regular migratory bird framework.

10.2 The Department may designate sections of Wildlife Management Areas and other lands and waters under the control of the Department as Designated Waterfowl Management Areas or Designated Dove Management Areas. All laws and regulations governing Wildlife Management Areas apply to these special areas. In addition, the Department may set special shooting hours, bag limits, and methods of hunting and taking waterfowl and doves on those areas. All State and Federal migratory bird laws and regulations apply. Regulations pertaining to the use of Dove Management Areas will be filed annually.

10.3 On areas where blinds are not provided, only temporary blinds of native vegetation may be constructed and once vacated become available for others or portable blinds which are removed at the conclusion of the hunt may be used.

10.4 On Designated Waterfowl Areas, no species other than waterfowl may be taken during waterfowl hunts. On Designated Dove Management Areas no species other than doves may be taken during dove hunts. Only dove hunting is allowed at Lake Wallace.

10.5 No fishing is permitted in any Category I Designated Waterfowl Area during scheduled waterfowl hunts.

10.6 The Clarks Hill Waterfowl area is closed to hunting except for waterfowl hunting and other special hunts as designated by the SCDNR.

10.7 Santee Cooper WMA is closed to hunting from October 20 until March 1, except for special hunts designated by SCDNR.

10.8 During the 01 Nov.-01 Mar. except for special hunts designated by the Department, Sandy Beach Waterfowl Area is closed to public access and impoundments on Bonneau Ferry WMA are closed to public access.

10.9 Broad River Waterfowl Management Area is closed to public access during the period 01 Nov. - Feb. except for special hunts designated by the Department.

10.10 Impoundments on Bear Island, Donnelly, Samworth, Santee Coastal Reserve and Santee Delta WMAs are closed to all public access during the period Nov. 1 - Feb. 8 except during special hunts designated by the Department. All public access during the period Feb. 1 - Oct. 14 is limited to designated areas. On Bear Island WMA, Mathews' Canal is closed to all hunting from Nov. 1 - Feb. 15 beyond a point 0.8 mile from the confluence of Mathews' Canal with the South Edisto River.

10.11 Potato Creek Hatchery Waterfowl Area is closed to hunting access and fishing during the period one week prior to and two weeks after the Federal waterfowl season except for scheduled waterfowl hunts. All hunters must enter and leave the Potato Creek Hatchery Waterfowl Area through the designated public landing on secondary road 260 and complete a data card and deposit card in receptacle prior to leaving the area. Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before legal sunrise to legal sunset (including the special youth hunt). Hunters may not enter the area prior to 3:00 a.m. on hunt days. No airboats are allowed for hunting or fishing and no hunting from secondary road 260.

10.12 Hunters may not enter Hatchery WMA prior to 3 AM and must leave the area by 1 PM. Each hunter is limited to twenty-five nontoxic shot shells (steel, bismuth/tin, bismuth, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-iron) per hunt and no buckshot allowed. Hunters must enter and leave Hatchery WMA through the Hatchery Landing and accurately complete a data card and deposit card in receptacle prior to leaving the area. No airboats are allowed in the Hatchery WMA for hunting or fishing during the period 15 Nov.-31. Jan. No fishing allowed during scheduled waterfowl hunts.

10.13 On Crackerneck WMA, waterfowl may be hunted only on Fri., Sat. and Thanksgiving Day within the regular migratory bird seasons and no hunting on Dec. 25; Fant's Grove WMA is open AM only on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the regular migratory bird seasons; Palachucola WMA, Tillman Sand Ridge WMA, Hamilton Ridge WMA and Webb WMA are open AM only for waterfowl hunting during the regular migratory bird seasons only on days when small game hunting is allowed.

10.14 Category I Designated Waterfowl Areas include Beaverdam, Bonneau Ferry, Broad River, Clemson, Sandy Beach, Samworth, Santee Coastal Reserve, Santee-Delta, Tibwin, Bear Island, and Donnelley Wildlife Management Areas. Hunting in Category I Designated Waterfowl Areas is by special permit obtained through annual computer drawing.

10.15 Category II Designated Waterfowl Areas include Biedler Impoundment, Carr Creek (bounded by Samworth WMA), Little Carr Creek (bounded by Samworth WMA), Lake Cunningham, Russell Creek, Monticello Reservoir, Parr Reservoir, Duncan Creek, Dunaway, Dungannon, Enoree River, Moultrie, Hatchery, Hickory Top, Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir, Lancaster Reservoir, Turtle Island, Little Pee Dee River Complex (including Ervin Dargan, Horace Tilghman), Great Pee Dee River, Potato Creek Hatchery, Sampson Island Unit (Bear Island), Tyger River, Marsh, Wee Tee, Woodbury, Ditch Pond, Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve, Santee Cooper and 40 Acre Rock Waterfowl Management Areas. Hunting on Category II Designated Waterfowl Areas is in accordance with scheduled dates and times.

1. Biedler Impoundment

(a) Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

2. Bear Island

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

3. Beaverdam

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

4. Bonneau Ferry

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

5. Broad River

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

6 Carr Creek (bounded by Samworth WMA)

(a) Wed. and Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

7. Little Carr Creek (bounded by Samworth WMA)

(a) Wed. and Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

8. Clemson

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

9. Ditch Pond

(a) Wed. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

10. Donnelley

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

11. Dunaway

(a) Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

12. Duncan Creek

(a) Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

13. Dungannon

(a) Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

(c) No hunting from the Boardwalk

14. Enoree River

(a) Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

15. Hatchery

(a) Sat. AM only and until sunset on the last Sat. of the regular waterfowl season

(b) Federal bag limits

16. Hickory Top

(a) Federal waterfowl seasons

(b) Federal bag limits

17. Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir

(a) Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

(c) No hunting from roads and dikes

18. Lake Cunningham

(a) Wed. AM only during the regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

19. Lancaster Reservoir

(a) Mon. and Fri. AM only during the regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

20. Marsh

(a) Wed. and Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

21. Monticello Reservoir

(a) Wed. and Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

22. Moultrie

(a) Mon. through Sat. during regular season.

(b) Federal bag limits

23. Parr Reservoir

(a) Mon. through Sat. during regular season.

(b) Federal bag limits

24. Potato Creek Hatchery

(a) Wed. and Sat. only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

25. Russell Creek

(a) Wed. and Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

26. Sampson Island Unit (Bear Island)

(a) Thurs. and Sat. AM only during the regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

27. Samworth

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

28. Sandy Beach

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

29. Santee Coastal Reserve

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

30. Santee Cooper

(a) Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

31. Santee-Delta

(a) Hunters selected by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

32. Tibwin

(a) Special hunts by drawing during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

33. Turtle Island

(a) Wed. and Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

34. Tyger River

(a) Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

35. Wee Tee

(a) Wed. and Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

36. Woodbury

(a) Wed. and Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

37. Great Pee Dee

(a) Wed. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

38. Little Pee Dee River Complex

(a) Wed. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

39. Waccamaw River HP

(a) Wed. and Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

40. 40-acre Rock

(a) Sat. AM only during regular season

(b) Federal bag limits

10.16 On Hickory Top WMA public waterfowl hunting without a Wildlife Management Area(WMA) permit is allowed on all land and water below 76.8'. Waterfowl hunting at or above elevation 76.8' requires a WMA permit. A WMA permit is required for waterfowl hunting in the Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir.

10.17 Designated Dove Management Areas include all dove management areas as published by the Department in the annual listing of WMA public dove fields and are subject to regulations filed annually.

10.18 Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir is closed to hunting access November 1 until March 1, except for special hunts designated by SCDNR. All hunters must accurately complete a data card and deposit card in receptacle prior to leaving the area. Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before legal sunrise until 11:00 am. Hunters may not enter the area prior to 5:00 am on hunt days. No open season on roads and dikes. Hunters may only use electric motors on boats.

10.19 On all State-owned, US Forest Service and other Federally-owned Category I and II Waterfowl Management Areas each hunter is limited to 25 non-toxic shells (steel, bismuth/tin, bismuth, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-iron) per hunt and no buckshot allowed.

10.20 On Enoree River, Dunaway, Duncan Creek, Russell Creek and Tyger River Waterfowl Areas data cards are required for hunter access during scheduled waterfowl hunts. Completed data cards must be returned daily upon leaving each of these areas.

10.21 Woodbury Waterfowl Management Area includes all SCDNR-owned property south of US Hwy 378 and bounded on the west by the Great Pee Dee River and Bluff Road and to the east by the Little Pee Dee River except no waterfowl hunting allowed in the area known as Hass Pond that is bounded on all sides by Hass Pond Road.

AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES

11.1 Taking of any amphibian or reptile, except the bullfrog, is prohibited on any Department-owned Wildlife Management Areas without written permission of the Department.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 17, Issue No. 5, Part 3, eff May 28, 1993; State Register Volume 19, Issue No. 5, eff May 26, 1995; State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 4, eff April 26, 1996; State Register Volume 21, Issue No. 3, eff March 28, 1997; State Register Volume 22, Issue No. 5, eff May 22, 1998; State Register Volume 22, Issue 6, Part 3, eff June 26, 1998; State Register Volume 23, Issue No. 4, eff April 23, 1999; State Register Volume 23, Issue No. 5, eff May 28, 1999; State Register Volume 24, Issue No. 3, eff March 24, 2000; State Register Volume 25, Issue No. 3, eff March 23, 2001; State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 2, eff February 22, 2002; State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 4, eff April 26, 2002; State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002; State Register Volume 27, Issue No. 6, Part 2, eff June 27, 2003; State Register Volume 28, Issue No. 5, eff May 28, 2004; State Register Volume 29, Issue No. 5, eff May 27, 2005; State Register Volume 30, Issue No. 4, eff April 28, 2006; State Register Volume 30, Issue No. 7, eff July 28, 2006; State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2007; State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 7, eff July 27, 2007; State Register Volume 32, Issue No. 5, eff May 23, 2008; State Register Volume 33, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 2009; State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 4, eff April 23, 2010; State Register Volume 35, Issue No. 5, eff May 27, 2011; State Register Volume 36, Issue No. 5, eff May 25, 2012; State Register Volume 37, Issue No. 6, eff June 28, 2013.

123-42.1. Regulations Concerning the Hunting of Wild Turkeys in Game Zone Nine (9).

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Section 50-11-1040)

1. Wild turkeys (gobblers only) may be hunted in Georgetown County of Game Zone Nine (9) from April 1 thru May 1 of each year.

2. The bag limit for wild turkeys in Georgetown County Game Zone Nine (9) shall be two per day and two per season.

3. There shall be no hunting of wild turkeys in Clarendon and Williamsburg Counties until the wild turkey populations increase to a level which warrants harvesting.

4. All spring wild turkey hunters are required to possess a valid South Carolina Hunting License.

5. That except as modified or changed hereby all prevailing laws rules and regulations regarding the hunting of wild turkeys in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-46. Rules and Regulations governing the Issuance of Deer Depredation Permits.

1. Any person suffering excessive damage to crops and property caused by deer may apply to the Director of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries for a deer depredation permit as prescribed in Section 50-11-330, 1976 South Carolina Code of Laws.

2. Applications for deer depredation permits shall be made to the Director in writing signed by the applicant and contain the following information:

a. a concise statement specifically describing damage or destruction being suffered by the applicant;

b. a specific description of the property being farmed or cultivated by the applicant and which is suffering the damage or destruction;

c. if the applicant is not the landowner of the property for which the deer depredation permit application is being made, the applicant must attach documentation signed by the landowner authorizing the applicant to make such application;

d. if the applicant does not intend to remove the deer himself, he must give the complete name of the person whom the applicant has designated to take the deer which are causing damage to the subject property.

3. It is the policy of the Department to restrict the persons allowed to take deer under a deer depredation permit to the permittee, permittee's employees, or permittee's immediate family. And if the permittee desires any other person to take deer under authorization of said permit an explanation for same should be attached to the application.

4. The Director shall give immediate consideration to applications for deer depredation permits and within fourteen (14) days of receipt of same shall either issue the permit or deny the application. Immediate notification of the denial may be given orally provided the Director give written notification of the denial to the applicant within twenty-one (21) days of receipt of the application together with the Director's reason for denial.

5. Deer depredation permits will be issued for each specific parcel of property denoting the names of the individuals designated to take deer thereunder and the hours of the day in which deer may be taken.

6. The applicant or landowner shall allow a Department representative to enter the property for which the application is made for the purpose of inspecting the property to determine the necessity or exigency for issuance of the permit.

7. No deer depredation permit will be issued to any applicant who has been convicted of a game law violation within the year next preceding the date of application for said permit. No person convicted of a game law violation within the year next preceding the application can be designated to take deer under a deer depredation permit. The applicant shall certify in the application that the applicant and the persons designated to take deer under the permit have not been convicted of a game law violation within the year next preceding the application.

8. Any application containing false information therein shall subject the applicant to the penalties as prescribed herein.

9. Any person who takes a deer under a duly authorized deer depredation permit shall notify a conservation officer immediately thereafter.

10. Any deer taken under a duly authorized depredation permit shall be delivered to an eleemosynary institution by Department personnel.

11. The penalty for any person violating any provisions of the within regulation shall be as prescribed in Section 50-1-130, 1976 South Carolina Code of Laws. In addition to said penalty any deer depredation permit issued to the person convicted hereunder must be surrendered to the Director immediately and said person would not be eligible for a deer depredation permit within twelve (12) months of said conviction.

123-47. Designation of Certain Areas and Times of the Year for Wild Turkey Hunting.

1. The following areas of Game Zones 1, 2, and 4 shall be open to turkey hunting for the 1980 season: Mountain Hunt Unit, Central Piedmont Hunt Unit, and The Western Piedmont Hunt Unit. All other areas of Game Zones 1, 2 and 4 shall be closed to turkey hunting in the 1980 season.

2. All areas of Game Zone 3 shall be closed to turkey hunting in 1980 with the following exceptions:

AREA A--Located West of U. S. Highway 321 and North of Interstate 20 and East of Interstate 26 in Richland and Lexington Counties extending Northward to the Fairfield and Newberry County lines.

This area has been attached and made a part of the Central Piedmont Hunt Unit and will be open for hunting under the same rules and regulations applicable in the Central Piedmont Hunt Unit;

AREA B--Located West of U. S. Highway 25 and North of Interstate 20 and East of the Savannah River in Aiken County extending Northward to the Edgefield County line.

This area has been attached to and made a part of the Western Piedmont Hunt Unit and will be open for hunting under the same rules and regulations applicable to the Western Piedmont Hunt Unit;

AREA C--Consisting of property within the bounds of Fort Jackson located in Richland County which can be open to turkey hunting under special regulations imposed by the base commander.

The bag limit in Area C as described herein shall not exceed two gobblers per hunter per season.

3. The following game management areas located in Game Zone 6 are open to turkey hunting for the 1980 season as designated hereinafter: Francis Marion Game Management Area, The Webb Center, and the Palachucola Game Management Area.

4. The 1980 season for turkey hunting in the hunt units and game management areas described hereinabove shall be as follows: April 1--May 1, inclusive (gobblers only).

5. No turkey hunting shall be allowed in Game Zone 5 and 8 in the 1980 season.

SUBARTICLE 2.

CROW HUNTING SEASON

123-50. Crow Hunting Season.

The following rules and regulations shall hereby be provided for the hunting of crows in this State.

1. Crows shall not be hunted from aircraft.

2. The hunting season in this State shall extend from Nov. 1 until Mar. 1 of each year.

3. The penalty for the violation of these rules and regulations is that prescribed by 50-11-10 of the 1976 Code.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002; State Register Volume 37, Issue No. 6, eff June 28, 2013.

SUBARTICLE 3.

OTHER BIG GAME

123-51. Turkey Hunting Rules and Seasons.

1. Total limit of 5 turkey statewide per person, 2 per day, gobblers only, unless otherwise specified. Total statewide and county bag limits include turkeys harvested on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Small unnamed WMAs in counties indicated are open for turkey hunting. Turkey seasons and limits are as follows:

A. Game Zone 1

1. Other WMAs and Private Land

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 5

B. Game Zone 2

1. Other WMAs and Private Land

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 5

2. Keowee WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Shotguns only - north of Hwy 123 and west of the Keowee Arm of Lake Hartwell to Hwy 291 and west of Hwy 291. Archery only on other sections.

3. Draper WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. and Sat. only

4. Belfast WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Hunters by drawing only

5. Worth Mountain WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. and Sat. only

C. Game Zone 3

1. Other WMAs and Private Land

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Aiken County Bag limit 5

(c) Lexington and Richland Counties Bag limit 2

2. Crackerneck WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 5

(c) Fri. and Sat. only

(d) Sign in and out at the gate required.

(e) Main gate opens at 4:30 am and closes at 1:00 pm.

3. Aiken Gopher Tortoise HP WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

D. Game Zone 4

1. Other WMAs and Private Land

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Kershaw County bag limit 5

(c) Chesterfield, Dillon, Florence, Marion and Marlboro Counties bag limit 2

2. Marsh WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. and Sat. only

(d) Sign in and out at the kiosk required.

3. Sand Hills State Forest WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

4. McBee WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. and Sat. only

5. Little Pee Dee River WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Fri. and Sat. only

6. Pee Dee Station Site WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Wed. and Sat. only

(d) All hunters must sign in and sign out at kiosk.

7. Woodbury WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. through Sat. only

(d) All hunters must sign in and sign out at kiosk.

E. Game Zone 5

1. Other WMAs and Private Land

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Clarendon, Georgetown, Williamsburg and Horry counties bag limit 5

(c) Darlington, Lee and Sumter counties bag limit 2

2. Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Wed. and Sat. only

(d) All hunters must sign in and sign out at kiosk.

3. Longleaf Pine Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. and Sat. only

4. Manchester State Forest WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. through Sat. only

5. Hickory Top WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

6. Oak Lea WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. only

7. Santee Dam WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

8. Wee Tee WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. and Sat. only

9. Cartwheel Bay Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Fri. and Sat. only

10. Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Fri. and Sat. only

11. Little Pee Dee River WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Fri. and Sat. only

12. Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Fri. and Sat. only

F. Game Zone 6

1. Private Land

(a) Mar. 15 - May 1

(b) Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg Counties bag limit 5

2. Francis Marion National Forest

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Tibwin Special Use Area

(1) Apr. 1 - May 1

(2) Bag limit 2

(3) Special hunts for youth or mobility impaired hunters as published by SCDNR.

3. Moultrie

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. and Sat. only

(d) Bluefield WMA

(1) Apr. 1 - May 1

(2) Bag limit 2

(3) Adult/Youth only

(e) Hall WMA

(1) Apr. 1 - May 1

(2) Bag limit 2

4. Santee Cooper WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Hunting by public draw only

5. Webb, Palachucola and Hamilton Ridge WMAs

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) All hunters must pick up and return data cards at kiosk and display hangtags on vehicles.

6. Donnelley WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Hunting by public draw only

7. Bonneau Ferry WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Hunting by public draw only

(d) Closed to public access during hunts.

8. Santee Coastal Reserve WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Youth or mobility impaired hunting by draw only.

9. Edisto WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Wed. only

10. Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Fri. and Sat. only

11. Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Fri. and Sat. only

12. Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Fri. and Sat. only

13. Botany Bay Plantation WMA

(a) Apr. 1 - May 1

(b) Bag limit 1

(c) Youth hunting by draw only.

G. Statewide Youth Hunting Day

(a) Sat. before April 1

(b) Bag limit 2

(c) Youth Only

2. The following regulations apply statewide. No turkey hunting permitted on Turkey Restoration Sites which have not been formally opened by the Department.

(a) During the spring turkey hunting season, no game animal may be taken except turkey gobblers (bearded birds). During the fall turkey season both gobblers and hens may be taken.

(b) Shotguns, muzzleloader shotguns, or archery equipment are permitted. All other weapons and methods of taking are prohibited including rifles, pistols, hard jacketed bullets, buckshot and slugs.

(c) Turkeys may not be hunted with dogs.

(d) Live decoys are prohibited.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 27, Issue No. 6, Part 2, eff June 27, 2003; State Register Volume 28, Issue No. 5, eff May 28, 2004; State Register Volume 29, Issue No. 5, eff May 27, 2005; State Register Volume 30, Issue No. 4, eff April 28, 2006; State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2007; State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 7, eff July 27, 2007; State Register 32, Issue No. 5, eff May 23, 2008; State Register Volume 33, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 2009; State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 4, eff April 23, 2010; State Register Volume 35, Issue No. 5, eff May 27, 2011; State Register Volume 37, Issue No. 6, eff June 28, 2013.

123-52. Either-sex Days for Private Lands in Game Zones 1-6.

1. Game Zone 1: The first three Sat. in Nov.

2. Game Zones 2 - 6: Every Sat. from Oct. 1 to the Sat. after Thanksgiving Day inclusive; Sat. in Dec. beginning 23 days after Thanksgiving Day; and the last day of the open season.

3. The daily bag limit on either-sex days is 2 antlerless deer.

4. On special mobility impaired and youth deer hunts sanctioned by the Department and during the statewide youth deer hunt day, participants may take antlerless deer, 2 per day.

5. Individual Deer Tags: Individual Antlerless Deer Tags are not valid in Game Zone 1. Tags are valid in Game Zones 3 - 6 beginning Sept. 15 and in Game Zone 2 beginning Oct. 1. Individual tags are not valid on properties enrolled in the Antlerless Deer Quota Program. Tags do not alter the daily (2 per day) or seasonal limit or change the type of weapons that can be used during special weapons seasons.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 29, Issue No. 5, eff May 27, 2005; State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 7, eff July 27, 2007; State Register Volume 32, Issue No. 5, eff May 23, 2008; State Register Volume 33, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 2009; State Register Volume 37, Issue No. 6, eff June 28, 2013.

123-54. Chronic Wasting Disease Carcass Importation Regulations.

Section 1. Definitions.

1. "Cervid" means a member of the family Cervidae.

2. "Chronic wasting disease (CWD)" means a fatal neurological disease of cervids belonging to a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.

3. "Clean" means having no meat or other tissues attached to the carcass part.

4. "Infected state" means a state of the United States or province of Canada that has a known case of chronic wasting disease.

5. "Importation" means the transportation of a cervid carcass or carcass part into this State.

6. "Whole" means the entire carcass whether eviscerated or not, prior to the carcass being processed.

Section 2. Prohibition on the Importation and Possession of a Whole Cervid Carcass or Carcass Part from an Infected State.

1. No person may import or possess a whole cervid carcass or carcass part from an infected state unless the carcass or part has been converted as specified in subsections (2) or (3) of this section.

2. A person may import a cervid carcass or a carcass part from an infected state if:

(a) Quarters or other portions of meat have no part of the spinal column or head attached; or

(b) Meat has been boned out.

3. A person may import or possess the following inedible parts of a cervid carcass from an infected state:

(a) Antlers;

(b) Antlers that are attached to a clean skull plate;

(c) A clean skull;

(d) Clean upper canine teeth;

(e) A finished taxidermy product; or

(f) The hide.

Section 3. Penalty

The penalty for a violation of this regulation shall be as provided in Section 50-1-130.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 28, Issue No. 5, eff May 28, 2004.

123-55. Regulations for the use of fertility control or other chemical substances in wildlife (50-11-96).

A permit is not required by a licensed pesticide applicator using registered pesticides for the control of English sparrows, feral pigeons, and European starlings.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 33, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 2009.

SUBARTICLE 9.

VICTORIA BLUFF NATURAL AREA

123-96. Field Trial Regulations.

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Section 50-11-2100)

1. It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct or participate in any field trial unless a permit for such trial has been obtained from the Department.

2. No wildlife may be taken during a field trial except during the open season for such species, except as permitted during specially permitted bird dog trials according to Section 50-11-3481 of South Carolina state law.

3. Requests for field trial permits must be submitted to the Department at least fourteen (14) days prior to the proposed trial date. Requests shall include payment of five dollars ($5.00) per trial, the time and location of the proposed trial.

4. Field trial permittees may be required to maintain records and file reports with the Department.

5. Field trial permits may be issued by the Department for private lands outside of the regular season.

6. There shall be no field trials conducted on Wildlife Management Areas outside of the regular season, except as permitted by the Department on the Sandy Hills State Forest special field trial area.

7. Any non-resident participating in any field trial permitted by the Department shall not be required to procure a hunting license if the participant is not carrying a firearm and no game is taken.

8. The Department may restrict or deny permits for field trials at its discretion.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 19, Issue No. 5, eff May 26, 1995.

ARTICLE 4.

GAME AND FRESH WATER FISHERIES DIVISION--FISHING DIVISION

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Sections 50-3-100, 50-19-1920, 50-19-1960)

123-104. Taking Gizzard Shad and Herring in Certain Waters.

I. That the Rules and Regulations concerning the harvesting of blueback herring and gizzard shad from Lake Moultrie, Lake Marion and the Diversion Canal shall be, to wit:

(1) That gizzard shad and blueback herring may be taken with dip net or drop net not exceeding six (6) feet in diameter. All nets must be operated by hand without the use of mechanical devices such as winches, cranes, pulleys, etc.

(2) That a numerical limit of two hundred fifty pounds (625) herring per boat per day may be taken.

(3) All herring or shad except those used for live bait must be in boxes or containers with a maximum capacity of 100 pounds.

(4) That all gizzard shad or herring taken by net shall be retained up to the permitted limit. The sorting, picking or grading of herring and gizzard shad as to size or quality is prohibited.

(5) That it shall be unlawful to sell herring or gizzard shad within one hundred (100) yards of the Pinopolis grates.

II. That the Rules and Regulations concerning the harvesting of gizzard shad and blueback herring from the Tailrace Canal shall be, to wit:

(1) That the season for taking herring with nets shall be from March 1 to May 1.

(2) A limit of five hundred pounds or one hundred dozen per boat per day be taken between March 1 and May 1 in the Tailrace Canal.

(3) All herring or shad except those used for live bait must be in boxes or containers with a maximum capacity of 100 pounds.

(4) That gizzard shad and herring may be taken with a dip net or drop net not exceeding six (6) feet in diameter. All nets must be operated from boats by hand without the use of mechanical devices such as winches, cranes, pulleys, etc.

(5) That fishing between the sanctuary line (fence) and the Seaboard Coastline Railroad Bridge is permitted from sunrise until 10:00 p.m. only during the designated herring season. This area otherwise shall be closed to fishing from sunset to sunrise.

III. For purposes of this regulation a "boat" shall be defined as one separate and un-tandomed, motorized, manned vessel.

IV. That the Tailrace Canal is hereby designated as a striped bass spawning area and the use of set gill nets shall be prohibited.

V. All persons actively involved in the taking of shad and herring must have a valid South Carolina fishing license.

VI. That except as modified or changed hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning fishing and boating in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-107. Live Trout in Eating Establishments.

The following rules shall pertain for any eating establishment which obtains a special permit for the sale of artificially reared trout on its premises which are kept alive in tanks thereon:

1. Such trout, when shipped, shall be clearly marked on the outside of the tank or vehicle used therefor.

2. A copy of invoice, along with the special permit obtained by the eating establishment hereunder, shall accompany any such trout being transported from commercial hatchery to such an eating establishment.

3. Notification as required under Section 50-13-1700 shall be prominently displayed on any holding tank or the like used for keeping such live trout on the premises of the eating establishment.

4. Such live trout shall be sold only after being cooked and prepared.

5. The Department may specify in any such permit granted hereunder any additional restrictions or regulations for the keeping of such live trout.

123-108. Sale of Trout at Fairs.

1. The Department shall have authority to issue a special permit to any state, county or local fair, circus or temporary or travelling amusement center or show to allow the sale of hatchery raised trout to patrons thereof whereby such fish are displayed in a tank or holding apparatus taken by rod and reel or hook and line by customers and kept by the taker.

2. The Department may specify the conditions under which the activity may be conducted including but not limited to the type of tank and method of display that may be utilized, method by which such fish may be taken, hours of operation, records that must be kept, marking or identification procedures required including wrapping and packaging of any fish so taken. The Department may grant or deny any application for such a permit, and may revoke any permit so issued upon breach of any condition or requirement established.

3. No fishing license shall be required of customers and patrons of such an activity when the required special permit has been obtained.

4. The Department shall have authority at all times to inspect the premises whereupon said activity is to be or is being conducted for inspection purposes.

5. All other State laws pertaining to the raising, selling and shipping of trout shall be in effect.

123-118. Lake Warren Management Area (Hampton County).

The following applies to Lake Warren Management Area (Hampton County):

1. Landowners abutting the perimeter may make such beautification efforts as relate to lawns, including sprigging, sodding, fertilizing, and mowing; and the planting of annual flowers as long as borders do not interfere with foot traffic, or with maintenance operations within the strip. No shrubbery or hedges will be permitted.

2. Maintenance of the perimeter shall be a function of the Department and, in this regard, workers, together with vehicles, equipment and other apparatus, must be free of handicap in carrying out their assigned duties. Care shall be taken to minimize damage to any improved lawns.

3. Boats owned by adjacent property holders may be left tied or anchored in the lake immediately opposite the landowners property. Mooring shall be by a single post of minimum profile. It is intended here that a post may be installed if done in such a way as not to detract from the overall appearance of the lake nor to interfere with mowing or maintenance operations. The installation of multiple and varied piling and posts is to be avoided.

4. Walkways, piers, docks, launching ramps, and boat houses, either stationary or floating, will not be permitted in the lake or within the limits of the perimeter strip.

5. Adjacent landowners are admonished to assist in keeping the community asset free from pollution by the provision of adequate and effectively operating sewage disposal systems, elimination of sources of deleterious runoff, and avoidance of the use of injurious chemicals, pesticides and herbicides in the vicinity of the project area.

6. The fisheries management program underway is the best that can be devised for the lake and is designed to produce the utmost in recreational enjoyment. Scenic beauty of the waters is also taken into account. Users can be of great assistance by refraining from introducing noncompatible fish or other organisms into the waters or any plant species which creates noxious conditions.

7. Building of brush piles as fish attractors (or the use of electric lights except portable lamps or lights) will not be permitted.

8. Hunting of waterfowl or other animals will not be permitted due to the disturbance factor among other residents and to the general safety factor in the community.

9. Harvest regulations for fish will be prescribed from time to time. Ample notice will be given of changes. Adjacent landowners who utilize the lake will be required to abide by whatever rules or regulations as may be promulgated.

10. Swimming or bathing in the waters of the lake shall be at the risk of the participant and shall take place in designated areas only.

11. Developers of residential tracts, trailer parks or camping areas shall be of service in notifying their customers, leasees or tenants of the use-requirements in practice at any given time.

12. In any circumstance not previously mentioned, a prospective user shall contact local Department authorities to initiate rulings pertinent to his situation.

13. Use of reservoir water for irrigation or other purposes will be prohibited except by special permission.

14. The adjacent landowners shall not erect any fence within or across the limits of the lake or the perimeter strip.

123-123. Fishing in Lake Jocassee and Lake Richard B. Russell.

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Section 50-13-250)

A. Lake Jocassee

1. It shall be lawful to fish for trout in Lake Jocassee, Pickens and Oconee Counties, South Carolina, subject to special schedules and regulations.

2. It shall be unlawful to take or possess rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout or any other species of cold-water trout in Lake Jocassee less than fifteen (15) inches in length.

3. On Lake Jocassee in Oconee and Pickens Counties, not more than five (5) cold-water trout may be taken or held in possession by a person on any day and use of corn, cheese, fish eggs, or imitations of them as bait to take trout is unlawful.

B. Lake Richard B. Russell hard

1. It shall be lawful to fish for trout in Lake Richard B. Russell, Anderson and Abbeville Counties, South Carolina, subject to special schedules and regulations.

2. It shall be unlawful to take or possess rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout or any other species of cold-water trout less than twelve (12) inches in length in that portion of Lake Richard B. Russell (not to include that portion of the lake from State highway 181 to the Lake Hartwell Dam known as the Hartwell tailrace).

3. On Lake Richard B. Russell not more than eight (8) cold-water trout may be taken or held in possession by a person on any one day.

123-124. Reciprocal Agreement Between the State of Georgia and the State of South Carolina.

1. The provisions of this agreement shall be applicable to the waters which lie adjacent to or within both the State of South Carolina and the State of Georgia, to wit:

All channels of the Savannah River, from its mouth to the confluence of the Tugaloo (Toogaloo) and the Seneca Rivers; the Tugaloo (Toogaloo) River from its mouth to the confluence of the Tugaloo (Toogaloo) and the Chattooga Rivers; and the Chattooga River to the point where such river intersects with the 35th Parallel of North latitude, which is the boundary line between Georgia and North Carolina. This agreement is also applicable to the impoundments of the Clark Hill Dam, the Hartwell Dam, Yonah Lake, Tugaloo (Toogaloo) Lake, Stevens Creek, and the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, but not applicable to any tributary streams to said impoundments nor tributary streams to the Savannah, Tugaloo (Toogaloo) and Chattooga Rivers.

The purpose and effect of this agreement is that valid freshwater sport fishing licenses and permits issued by the States of Georgia and South Carolina shall be recognized and honored by agents of both States for the benefit, use, and enjoyment of citizens of both States, and further, that residents of both States shall be permitted to launch boats and remove the same as freely as if they were citizens at the point of launching or landing or both.

2. The following provisions, until changed by law, rules and regulations or agreement of the parties hereto, shall govern all fishing in the waters covered by this agreement, as set forth in Paragraph 1 above:

(a) Since the laws relating to the requirements for licenses differ in Georgia and South Carolina, it is agreed that all persons holding a valid license and meeting the license requirements of the State of Georgia will be allowed to fish on the banks and in the waters as herein described as being covered by this agreement, without the necessity of obtaining any other license; and, all persons holding a valid license and meeting the requirements for license of the State of South Carolina will be allowed to fish on the banks and in the waters as herein described as being covered by this agreement, without the necessity of obtaining any other license.

(b) No person may carry to either state or possess in such state more fish than the laws of that state permit, even though the fish may have been caught in the waters of the other state.

(c) The creel and possession limit for the taking of fish from the waters covered by this agreement shall be as follows:

Largemouth Bass................... .......

10

Spotted Bass...................... .......

10

Coosa Bass........................ .......

10

Striped Bass...................... .......

10

Striped Bass-White Bass Hybrid.... .......

10

White Bass........................ .......

30

Trout............................. .......

8

Crappie (White and/or Black)...... .......

30

Sunfish (Bream)-All Species....... .......

30

Walleye........................... .......

8

Sauger............................ .......

8

It shall be unlawful for any persons to possess more than forty (40) of the above listed species in the aggregate; no more than ten (10) in the aggregate of Largemouth, Spotted, and Coosa Bass; no more than ten (10) in the aggregate of Striped Bass and Striped Bass-White Bass Hybrid; and no more than eight (8) in the aggregate of trout.

(d) During the period from December 1 through March 31 of the following year, the minimum size limit for all species of trout taken from the Hartwell and Clark Hill reservoirs covered by this agreement shall be fourteen (14) inches. There shall be no minimum size limit for trout during the period of April 1 through November 30 of each year. A minimum size of twelve (12) inches for largemouth bass shall apply at all times in all Georgia waters covered by this agreement.

(e) Any person using baskets, minnow seines and trot lines for the taking of fish from said waters, regardless of his residence, shall comply with the laws, rules and regulations of the state in which the waters of the herein described area may be located in using such method of taking fish.

(f) No person shall have a rifle in his possession nor in a boat in the waters of South Carolina.

3. The parties hereto agree that the provisions included shall be published and shall otherwise meet the legal requirements of their state, and the public will be adequately advised of this agreement before it becomes effective so that the citizens and residents of both states may be fully informed on this subject.

4. Except as modified or changed herein all prevailing laws, rules and regulations of each state shall remain in full force and effect over all waters lying within the boundaries of the respective states.

5. It is mutually understood and agreed that this agreement shall apply only to freshwater sport fishing and shall not apply to freshwater commercial fishing, to saltwater sport fishing, or to saltwater commercial fishing.

6. The parties hereto agree that this reciprocal agreement shall become effective immediately after the proper legal requirements have been met.

7. The holder of a valid non-resident freshwater sport fishing license issued by either Georgia or South Carolina shall be entitled to fish anywhere in the waters covered by this agreement.

8. It is further understood and agreed that either state party to this agreement may abrogate and cancel the same upon ninety (90) days written notice to the other party of such intention to abrogate and cancel, such notice to be delivered to the Director of the Game and Fish Department of the respective state to be so notified.

9. It is further understood and agreed that this agreement relates only to the enforcement of fishing laws and regulations in the waters bordering on both the states of Georgia and South Carolina, and that this agreement shall in no way be construed as an interpretation of the boundary line between the States of Georgia and South Carolina; no party hereto shall be deemed to have waived by this agreement any rights or any disputes concerning the boundary line between the States of Georgia and South Carolina.

123-125. Alexander Sprunt, Jr., Wildlife Refuge and Sanctuary.

1. The Deveaux Islands (Banks) wildlife refuge and sanctuary shall be and are hereby designated the "Alexander Sprunt, Jr., Wildlife Refuge and Sanctuary".

2. The Alexander Sprunt, Jr., Wildlife Refuge and Sanctuary shall be operated, managed and patrolled by the National Audubon Society, Inc., under the direction and supervision of the S.C.W.M.R.D.

3. No person shall trespass on the Alexander Sprunt, Jr., Wildlife Refuge and Sanctuary.

4. The penalty for violating any of the Rules and Regulations herein cited shall be as prescribed by Section 50-11-2610, 1976 S.C. Code of Laws.

123-126. Fishing in Portions of Howard Creek, Corbin Creek and Devil's Fork Creek.

1. It shall be unlawful to fish in the following portions of Howard Creek, Corbin Creek and Devil's Fork Creek, Oconee County, South Carolina, during the period of November 1 through March 30 to wit:

a. That portion of Howard Creek from the confluence of Limber Pole Creek and Howard Creek downstream to the confluence of Corbin Creek and Howard Creek. (At their confluence Howard Creek and Corbin Creek from Devil's Fork Creek).

b. Devil's Fork Creek from the confluence of Howard Creek and Corbin Creek to the mouth of Devil's Fork Creek, at which point Devil's Fork Creek flows into Lake Jocassee.

c. Corbin Creek and all its tributaries located between S.C. Highway Number 171 and the confluence of Corbin Creek and Howard Creek (at which point Devil's Fork Creek is formed).

2. The penalty for violating this Rule and Regulation shall be as prescribed by Section 50-13-60.

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HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 16, Issue No. 6, eff June 26, 1992.

123-127. Taking Eels and Catfish in Certain Waters.

1. This rule and regulation regulates the taking of eels in the following waters of this State: In Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, the Diversion Canal connecting the lakes and the Tail Canal down to the Seabord Coastal Railroad Bridge located three thousand three hundred (3,300') feet downstream from the lock and deck of the Jeffries Hydro Plant.

2. There shall be no limit on the number of eels taken.

3. All persons actively engaged in the taking of eels in such waters are required to have a valid S. C. statewide fishing license as provided for under Section 50-9-450.

4. Eels may be taken legally from those waters subject to this rule and regulation only with the following equipment and gear:

a. Pots and baskets not to exceed two (2') feet in diameter and four (4') feet in length with bar mesh of not less than one (1") inch square. Each such pot or basket shall be tagged and marked in accordance with the provisions of Sections 50-19-2910 and 50-19-2920, with the cost of each such tag being one ($1.00) dollar.

Provided, that no pots or baskets may be set or used in the Tail Canal and the tributaries thereto; and no pots or baskets shall be allowed to be set or used within one-quarter ( 1/4 ) of a mile of shore in Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.

b. Hand operated dip nets not to exceed two (2') feet in diameter.

5. Those types of equipment and gear authorized for use in taking eels from such waters shall be used only where fishing is legal; and any eel basket, pot or dip net which is used in any manner in violation of this rule and regulation, and any device or equipment which is used in such waters for the taking of eels which is not authorized herein, shall be confiscated by the S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department; and the Department shall dispose of such equipment and any catch found therein in the manner it deems appropriate.

6. Any game fish taken by use of eel pots, baskets or dip nets in such waters shall be returned immediately to the waters from whence they came.

7. All of the provisions of this rule and regulation shall be applicable in full to the taking of catfish from such waters.

8. The penalty for the violation of this Rule and Regulation shall be that prescribed by Section 50-19-1930.

123-130. Lake Murray-Daily Creel and Size Limit of Striped Bass (Rockfish).

1. It is unlawful to take or possess striped bass in Lake Murray and any part of the Saluda River between the Lake Murray Dam and the Lake Greenwood Dam less than 21 inches in length.

2. In Lake Murray and the Saluda River between Lake Greenwood Dam and Lake Murray Dam, not more than five striped bass may be taken or held in possession by a person on any day.

3. The penalty for violating the rules and regulations herein cited shall be as prescribed by Section 50-13-285.

123-131. Creel Limits and Bait/Lure Restrictions in Portions of Chattooga River, Cheohee Creek (Oconee County) and Middle Saluda River (Greenville County).

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Section 50-13-250)

1. It shall be lawful to use or possess only artificial lures with single hooks, and all coldwater trout caught must be released immediately, during the period November 1 through May 14 inclusive to wit:

a. That portion of Chattooga River from South Carolina Highway 28 upstream (approx. 2-miles) to the confluence of Reed Creek (Big Creek) and Chattooga River. That portion of Cheohee Creek (approximately 1 stream mile) within the property boundary(s) of Piedmont Forestry Center, owned and operated by South Carolina Forestry Commission.

2. General state trout fishing regulations for the Chattooga River, and Cheohee Creek will apply during the period May 15 through October 31 inclusive.

3. It shall be unlawful to access this portion of Cheohee Creek except as prescribed and posted at Piedmont Forestry Center Office.

4. It shall be lawful to use or possess only artificial lures with single hooks, and all coldwater trout caught must be released immediately during the period January 1 through December 31 inclusive to wit:

a. That portion of Middle Saluda River (approximately 1.5 river miles) from Hugh Smith Road (Bridge) upstream to the foot-bridge at Jones Gap State Park.

5. This regulation shall be effective only during such time that the SCDNR has fishing rights leased from the landowner.

6. It shall be unlawful to access this portion of Middle Saluda River except as prescribed and posted at Jones Gap State Park Office.

7. The penalty for violating any of these Rules and Regulations shall be as prescribed by 50-13-60 of the 1976 Code.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24 2002.

ARTICLE 5.

NON-GAME AND ENDANGERED SPECIES

(Statutory Authority: S.C. Code Sections 50-15-30, 50-15-40, 50-15-50, and 50-15-70)

123-150. Non-Game and Endangered Species.

1. The following list of species or subspecies of non-game wildlife are faced with extinction in the foreseeable future and are added to the official State List of Endangered Wildlife Species of South Carolina.

I. Birds

1. Bachman's Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii)

2. Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)

3. Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis)

4. Kirtland's Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)

5. Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

6. Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)

7. Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)

8. Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

II. Fish

1. Shortnose Sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum)

2. Pinewoods Darter (Etheostoma mariae)

III. Mammals

1. Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

2. Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

3. Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus)

4. Eastern Cougar (Felis concolor cougar)

5. Finback Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

6. Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus)

7. Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaengliae)

8. Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis)

9. Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

10. Sperm Whale (Physeter catodon)

11. Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Plecotus rafinesquii)

IV. Reptiles

1. Atlantic Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys c. coriacea)

2. Atlantic Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)

3. Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)

4. Atlantic Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

V. Amphibians

1. Flatwoods Salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum)

2. Webster's Salamander (Plethodon websteri)

3. Carolina Gopher Frog (Rana c. capito)

VI. Molluscs

1. Atlantic Pigtoe Mussel (Fusconaia masoni)

2. Brother Spike Mussel (Elliptio fraterna)

2. It shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, export, process, sell, or offer for sale or ship, and for any common carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any species or subspecies of wildlife appearing on the list of "Endangered Wildlife Species of South Carolina", except by permit for scientific and conservation purposes issued by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Permits for conservation purposes shall be issued only for relocation, if warranted, and the incidental take of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers as part of the statewide Habitat Conservation Plan for Safe Harbor and for other mitigation purposes approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

3. The penalty for the violation of this Rule and Regulation shall be that prescribed by 50-15-80, 1976 S.C. Code of laws.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 18, Issue No. 5, eff May 27, 1994; State Register Volume 22, Issue No. 4, eff April 24, 1998; State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 6, Part 2, eff June 28, 2002; State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2007; State Register Volume 33, Issue No. 8, eff August 28, 2009.

123-150.1. Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae (Sea Turtles).

1. The remaining species of the families Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae (sea turtles) not listed in South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department Regulation 123-150 are considered threatened and in need of management.

2. That is shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, barter, trade, transport, export, process, sell or offer for sale or ship, and for any contract carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any such species or products or parts or eggs thereof except by permit for scientific or educational purposes issued by the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, except that incidental catch of sea turtles while engaged in otherwise legal fishing, trawling or research activities at sea would be exempt under the taking clause of this regulation.

3. Sea turtles captured incidentally to legal fishing and/or research activities which appear vigorous when removed from the net, will be immediately returned to the water, exercising due care to prevent injury. Release should be from a location on the vessel which will minimize the possibility of the turtle being damaged by the vessel's propeller. The release will be made only when all sets of trawl doors or otter boards are hanging from the boom or outriggers.

4. Sea turtles which show no sign of life or those that are obviously weak, will be turned on their back and held on deck until they regain their strength or it appears that the turtle is definitely dead. In no cases, will weakened or apparently dead turtles be released until they have been held on deck for 30 minutes and attempts at revival have been made, i.e., pressing or pumping plastron (belly shell) to expel water and stimulate breathing.

5. That the penalty for the violation of this Rule and Regulation shall be prescribed by Section 50-15-80, 1976 South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended.

6. That except as modified or changed hereby, all prevailing laws, rules and regulations concerning wildlife in South Carolina shall remain in full force and effect.

123-150.2. Birds, Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians and Mammals.

The following list of species or subspecies of non-game wildlife are considered to be threatened and are added to the official state list of Non-game Species in Need of Management.

I. Birds

1. American Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrines anatum)

2. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

3. Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)

4. Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)

5. Least Tern (Sterna albifrons)

6. Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)

II. Fish

1. Carolina Pygmy Sunfish (Elassoma boehlkei)

2. Broadtail Madtom (Noturus sp.)

III. Reptiles

1. American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

2. Atlantic Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)

3. Atlantic Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

4. Coal Skink (Eumeces anthracinus)

5. Bog Turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii)

6. Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)

7. Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus)

IV. Amphibians

1. Dwarf Siren (Pseudobranchus striatus)

2. Pine Barrens Treefrog (Hyla andersonii)

V. Mammals

1. Small-footed Bat (Myotis leibii)

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 18, Issue No. 5, eff May 27, 1994; State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 6, Part 2, eff June 28, 2002; State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2007; State Register Volume 33, Issue No. 8, eff August 28, 2009.

123-150.3. Scientific Collecting Permit Required.

That a scientific collecting permit under the terms of Section 50-11-2190, 1976 Code of Laws, shall be required for the collecting of all nongame species or subspecies of the Classes Pices (Fish), Amphibia (Amphibians), Reptilia (Reptiles), Aves (Birds) and Mammalia (Mammals).

123-151. Regulations for Species or Subspecies of Non-game Wildlife.

A. Alligator Harvest

1. The size and number of all alligators to be taken will be specified by the Department on permits provided with harvest tags. A permit holder may only take and/or possess alligators identified by the Department and only in the manner specified by the Department.

2. All who take or attempt to take an alligator must have a copy of the harvest permit along with an unused harvest tag with them while afield.

3. Once an alligator is killed and before it is transported, a harvest tag must be attached and locked within six inches of the tip of the tail. In the event that an alligator harvest tag is defective and is not usable for the purpose intended, or becomes detached from the alligator hide, the Department must be notified immediately. The Department will be responsible for the replacement of defective, but not lost, tags. The alteration of harvest tags is strictly prohibited.

4. Alligator meat may be used by the harvester but cannot be bought, sold or bartered except as provided in this regulation. All packages of meat not to be sold must have a tag with the name of the harvester and the harvest tag number attached.

5. Before shipping or transporting outside of the USA, carcasses or hides must have CITES tags attached. Anyone desiring to ship or transport such items from the country must contact select Department offices for CITES validation and tagging.

6. Any alligator carcass, hide or part that is not tagged or marked as required in this regulation is declared contraband and must be confiscated.

B. Depredation Program

1. Depredation permits for alligator removal will be issued to property owners or control agents. There is no fee for participation in this program.

2. Qualifications and liability of Control Agents:

a. Control agents must possess the experience and ability to handle alligators.

b. Control agents must supply all equipment necessary to take alligators.

c. Control agents assume personal liability for their health, safety and welfare and that of their assistants.

d. Control agents are not employees of the Department, they are independent contractors.

e. Applications for selection as control agents will be reviewed by the Department. The number of appointed control agents will be based upon the need as determined by the Department.

3. Operation of Department designated alligator control agents:

a. Alligators may be skinned only at designated sites and in accordance with specific instructions provided by the Department.

b. The meat of alligators may be used by the control agents or his/her immediate family and may also be given to others but must not be bought, sold or transferred except as provided in this regulation. All packages of meat not be sold, transferred or bartered must have a tag attached that includes the name of the person who harvested the alligator and the harvest tag number.

c. Each control agent may be assisted by not more than two assistant control agents approved by the Department, provided that no such assistant shall operate or conduct any alligator trapping or transportation activity except under supervision of the control agent.

d. Alligator harvest tags issued to control agents are the property of the Department and shall remain the property of the Department.

e. Designation as an alligator control agent is discretionary with the Department and such designation may be revoked at any time.

C. Private Lands Alligator Program

1. Alligators may be taken from lands that are in the Private Lands Alligator Program. The season for taking alligators under this program is from September 1 until October 15. The Department will establish a quota and issue tags for each specific application. Alligators taken under this program must be at least 4 feet in length.

2. Applications for participating in the Private Lands Alligator Program must be received by the Department not later than August 1st of that year, and the applicant must report all harvested alligators and harvest information to the Department not later than the following December 1st.

3. If the application is approved by the Department for participation in the Private Lands Alligator Program and a permit is issued, alligators may be taken only from that area and only by a licensed hunter. In order to participate in the Private Lands Alligator Program, an alligator control agent as defined in Section B must also be a licensed hunter. Participants in the Private Lands Alligator Program must maintain accurate records for inspection by Department personnel and the records must be made available for immediate inspection at any and all reasonable hours at the request of the Department.

4. All areas identified in the Private Lands Alligator Program and facilities used for processing alligators must be open to Department personnel for inspection to determine compliance with the program and laws and regulations protecting alligators and to allow collection of biological information.

5. During the designated private lands season, alligators may only be taken by firearms, hand-held snares, hand-held harpoons, archery equipment, crossbows, snatch hooks and as otherwise permitted by the Department. If devices other than firearms are used, a line must be securely attached to the hook, arrow or head of the device in such a manner to prevent separation from the hook, arrow or head until the carcass is retrieved. The other end of the line must be held by the hunter or be attached to a stationary or floating object capable of maintaining line above water when an alligator is attached. Rimfire firearms and shotguns are prohibited for taking alligators except that these firearms can be used to dispatch an alligator secured by a line. No alligator may be taken by use of baited hooks or by pole hunting. Pole hunting is defined as the act of taking an alligator from a den with a hook or snagging device of any type secured to the end of a pole and includes any device used to induce an alligator to move from a den prior to taking. All alligators taken under this program must be killed prior to transport off of the property named on the permit.

6. No person may use alligator harvest tags issued for privately-owned habitat on publicly-owned property.

7. A Department-supplied alligator harvest report form must be updated by the applicant or the person taking alligators on the property within 24 hours of the taking of each alligator. Alligator hunters, while on property designated under the Private Lands Alligator Program, may only possess tags for that property. Completed harvest forms must be returned to the Department by December 1st of each year. A participant who does not report is not eligible to participate in the program the following year.

8. Alligator hides, parts or products may be retained and sold only in accordance with this regulation.

D. Alligator Hunting Season

1. The Department may issue a prescribed number of Alligator Hunting Season permits for the harvest of alligators. Those applicants randomly selected shall be issued instructions along with harvest tag(s). Alligators may be taken pursuant to permits from public and private areas where the person has legal access for the taking of alligators. Alligators taken under this program must be at least 4 feet in length. The season for hunting alligators under this program is from 12:00 noon on the 2nd Saturday in September until 12:00 noon on the 2nd Saturday in October and is open in Game Zones 3, 4, 5 & 6. These harvest permits cannot be used on property approved under the Private Lands Alligator Program. The Department may close, extend, delay or reopen the season if biological needs warrant.

2. During the designated season, alligators may only be taken by hand-held snares, hand-help harpoons, archery equipment, crossbows, snatch hooks and as otherwise permitted by the Department. Any device may only be used when a line is securely attached to the hook or head of the device in such a manner as to prevent separation from the hook, arrow or head until the carcass is retrieved. The other end of the line must be held by the hunter or attached to a stationary or floating object capable of maintaining line above water when an alligator is attached. Only a handgun, a bangstick or sharp instrument used to sever the spine may be used for dispatch and only if a restraining line is attached to the alligator. A hand-held snare must be used to hold the alligator boatside or on land before it can be dispatched. Firearms may not be used to take free-swimming or basking alligators. The possession of a rifle or shotgun while taking or attempting to take alligators under this program is prohibited. All alligators taken under this program must be killed prior to transport by boat or vehicle. No alligator may be taken by use of baited hooks or by pole hunting. Pole hunting is defined as the act of taking an alligator from a den with a hook or snagging device of any type secured to the end of a pole and includes any devices used to induce an alligator to move from a den prior to taking.

3. A Department-supplied alligator harvest report form must be updated by the person taking alligators within twenty-four (24) hours of taking each alligator and prior to transporting the alligator carcass to a processing facility. A copy of the alligator harvest report must accompany the alligator hide. Completed harvest forms must be returned to the Department by December 1st of each year.

4. A person who does not report is not eligible to participate in the program or hunt alligators the following year.

5. Alligator meat may be retained by the harvester but cannot be bartered or sold. Alligator hides may be retained and sold only in accordance with this regulation.

E. Sale of Alligator Meat

1. The sale or barter of alligator meat taken under the alligator hunting season program is prohibited.

2. Meat taken from alligators harvested under the authority of depredation tags and the private lands program tags may be sold only under the following conditions:

a. Each package must be labeled to indicate the state, the number of pounds of meat enclosed, the date of packaging, the name of harvester, the processor, the State Food Inspection Department's inspection number, and the tag number corresponding to the alligator hide from which the meat was taken.

b. All cartons of alligator meat imported from other states shall bear an official marking from that state's wildlife agency.

c. Persons handling alligator meat for human consumption must comply with the sanitation requirements of all applicable federal, state and local authorities.

d. Those who harvest alligators must maintain accurate records of all alligator meat sales on standard forms supplied by the Department and such records shall be open to inspection by Department personnel.

3. No person may bring any alligator meat into this State, or possess alligator meat unless authorized by this regulation.

4. Alligator meat transported into the State must bear evidence of having been legally taken.

5. Restaurants, canneries, nonfood meat processors and alligator meat wholesalers shall retain all alligator meat purchased in the original packages until the meat is prepared for consumption or processing. Such businesses and/or individual shall detach the original label with the accompanying data from each package when all meat from that carton has been prepared or processed and retain that label for the period of at least six months from the date of sale indicated on the label.

F. Sale, Barter or Transfer of Alligator Hides and Other Parts

1. Alligator skulls and other parts not discarded must be permanently marked with the alligator harvest tag number under which it was taken. Possession of any part without the tag number is prohibited. Parts that are found may be retained, sold, bartered or transferred but the finder must contact the Department to obtain a tag number to permanently tag or mark the part. The parts may be sold, bartered or transferred but records must be kept indicating to whom the parts were sold, bartered or transferred.

2. Hides or alligators taken with Department issued permits may be sold but must be properly tagged and reported as provided in this regulation. Alligator hides and parts transported into this state for sale or processing must bear evidence of having been legally taken.

3. No person shall accept or possess an untagged alligator hide or unmarked or untagged alligator part for any purpose.

G. Sale of Finished Alligator Products

1. Products made from crocodilians may be sold in the State in accordance with the following:

a. Products made from the American alligator must be visibly labeled American alligator.

b. Products made from Caiman must be visibly labeled Caiman.

c. Products made from other crocodilians must be visibly labeled Crocodile.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 20, Issue No. 5, eff May 24, 1996; State Register Volume 22, Issue No. 6, Part 3, eff June 26, 1998; State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 4, eff April 23, 2010.

123-151.1. Regulations for Spotted Turtle.

A. Spotted Turtle Program

1. It is unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, import, export, process, sell, offer for sale, ship, or receive for shipment any spotted turtle without a permit from the department.

B. Spotted Turtle Permits

1. The department has the authority to grant or deny spotted turtle permits at no cost. Application must be made to the department for a spotted turtle permit.

2. The permits are valid for five (5) years from the date of issue.

3. The permits must be renewed every five years at the discretion of the department.

4. The department may set permit conditions consistent with the protection of spotted turtles. Permit conditions include but are not limited to:

a. Sale of adult spotted turtles is prohibited

b. An individual may take and possess no more than nine wild-caught adult spotted turtles.

c. An individual may sell captive bred spotted turtles under four inches in carapace length for educational purposes.

C. Permit Reporting Requirements

1. Spotted turtle permit holders will report the following information to the department every five years.

a. Number of wild-caught adult spotted turtles in possession (not to exceed 9).

b. Number of captive-bred spotted turtles in possession.

c. Number of captive-bred spotted turtles produced during calendar year.

d. Number of captive-bred, juvenile spotted turtles sold in the calendar year.

D. The penalty for violations of this regulation is prescribed in Section 50-15-80a, Code. Each spotted turtle taken or possessed in violation of these regulations shall constitute a separate offense.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 6, Part 2, eff June 28, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2007.

123-151.2. Regulations for Southern Hognose Snake.

1. It is unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, import, export, process, sell, offer for sale, ship, or receive for shipment any southern hognose snake without a permit from the department. Permits will be issued only for research and educational purposes.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2007.

123-153. Sea Turtle Protection.

(1) This regulation applies to all shrimp trawlers which are defined as fishing vessels equipped with shrimp trawl nets and fish for shrimp.

(2) During the period of May 1 through August 31 of each year, any shrimp trawler of 25 feet or more in length must carry and use in each net a qualified turtle excluder device (TED) when trawling for shrimp in the waters of this State. Any shrimp trawler of less than 25 feet in length trawling for shrimp in the waters of this State is exempt from using TEDS provided each tow or trawl drag made is limited to 90 minutes or less.

(3) Only TEDS which are qualified or certified by NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service may be used by shrimp trawlers operating in State waters.

(4) A single test or try net having a headrope length of 20 feet or less is exempt from the TED requirement of this regulation provided such net is pulled immediately in front of another net and is not connected to another net in any way.

(5) The Department may issue a special permit exempting a vessel engaged in research or testing.

123-160. Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles, Ospreys, Falcons, and Owls.

1. The following list of species or subspecies of nongame wildlife are in need of management, to wit: All species of the Order Falconiformes (vultures, kites, hawks, eagles, ospreys, falcons) and all species of the Order Strigifornes (owls).

2. It shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, export, process, sell or offer for sale or ship, and for any contract carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any such species or products or parts thereof except by permit for scientific, educational or falconry purposes issued by the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department.

3. The penalty for the violation of this section shall be that prescribed by Section 50-15-80 of the 1976 Code.

123-170. South Carolina State Falconry Permit Regulations.

1. Definitions

"Raptor"--means a live migratory bird of the Order Falconiformes or the Order Strigiformes, other than a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

"Take"--means to trap or capture, or attempt to trap or capture a raptor for the purpose of falconry.

"Falconry"--means the sport of taking quarry by means of a trained raptor.

"Service"--means the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior.

"SCWMRD"--means the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Dept.

2. Permit Requirements--A falconry permit is required before any person may take, transport, or possess wild-taken or captive-bred raptors for falconry purposes. The use for falconry or the possession of any raptor species not covered by the Federal Falconry Permit Regulations and listed above is controlled by these regulations. Appropriate state hunting license and game management area permits are required before any person may take quarry by means of trained raptor.

3. Application Procedures--An applicant who wishes to practice falconry must submit an application for a falconry permit to the SCWMRD,

4. Permit Conditions--Every permit issued shall be subject to the following special conditions:

(1) A permittee may not take, transport, or possess a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) unless authorized in writing by the Service.

(2) A general or master class permittee may purchase, sell, or barter any lawfully possessed raptor which is bred in captivity under authority of a raptor propagation permit issued by the Service and banded with a numbered seamless marker issued or authorized by the Service, subject to the following additional conditions:

The person who receives any raptor by transfer, purchase, sale, or barter must be authorized to possess it under this part.

The permittee who transfers, purchases, sells, or barters any raptor must have acquired the raptor from a person authorized to possess it, and, if acquired from a person in the United States, that person must be authorized to possess it under this part.

(3) A permittee may not take, possess or transport a raptor in violation of restrictions, conditions and requirements of the Federal or State Falconry Permit Regulations.

(4) Reporting requirements will consist of a falconer submitting Form 3-186A, Migratory Bird Acquisition and Disposition Report only in the event of a change raptor ownership (taken from the wild, transfer, death, escape, etc.). The SCWMRD can also require the submission of any information deemed necessary for the regulation of falconry activity in South Carolina.

Apprentice class falconers will be required to submit a monthly reporting form at the end of each month during the hunting season. This report shall include all pertinent details related to the progress of the apprentice falconer and interaction with the sponsor.

General class falconers will be required to submit an annual report by July 31 of each year to include the amount and type of raptor hunting activity and any quarry taken by the raptor.

(5) The Executive Director, SCWMRD is authorized to revoke a falconry permit if the permittee:

(1) Does not provide proper care for the raptor.

(2) Allows the raptor to become a public nuisance.

(3) Violates established South Carolina game laws or regulations.

(4) Does not comply with the terms of his permit.

(6) All State hunting seasons, fees and bag limits apply to falconry.

(7) Permit issued by SCWMRD is to be in the possession of the falconer at all times when trapping devices and/or raptors are in his possession outside of his residence.

(8) A permittee whose raptor accidentally kills quarry that is out of season or of the wrong species or sex, or otherwise protected, must leave the dead quarry where it lies, except that the raptor may feed upon the quarry prior to leaving the site of the kill.

5. Duration of Permits--A permit or the renewal of a permit is valid when issued by the State and expires on June 30 of the third calendar year after it is issued, unless a different period is specified on the permit or renewal.

6. Classes of Permits--Three classes of falconry permits shall be issued. These include:

(1) Apprentice class. Condition of this class include:

(a) A permittee shall be at least 14 years old;

(b) A sponsor who is a holder of a general or master falconry permit is required for the first two years which an apprentice permit is held, regardless of the age of the permittee. A general class sponsor shall have at least one year's experience as a general falconer. A sponsor may not have more than three apprentices at one time.

(c) A permittee shall not possess more than one raptor and may not obtain more than one raptor as a replacement bird during any 12-month period;

(d) A permittee shall possess only an American kestrel (Falco sparverius) or a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis).

(2) General class. Conditions of this class include:

(a) A permittee shall be at least 18 years old;

(b) A permittee shall have at least two years experience in the practice of falconry at the apprentice level or its equivalent and be recommended in writing for advancement by the sponsor.

(c) A permittee may not possess more than two raptors and may not obtain more than two raptors for replacement birds during any 12-month period; and

(d) A permittee may not take, transport or possess any golden eagle or any species listed as threatened or endangered by the Service except as provided by the Federal Falconry Regulations.

(e) A permittee shall have possessed a raptor for at least 12 months of the apprentice period.

(3) Master class. Conditions of this class include:

(a) An applicant shall have at least five years experience in the practice of falconry at the general class level or its equivalent and have a demonstrated proficiency in hunting with raptors; a permittee must have possessed a raptor for at least 36 months of the general class period.

(b) A permittee may not possess more than three raptors, and may not obtain more than two raptors for replacement birds during any 12-month period;

(c) A permittee may not take, transport or possess any species listed as endangered by the Service except as provided by the Federal Falconry Regulations.

(d) A permittee may not take, transport or possess a golden eagle for falconry purposes unless authorized in writing by the Service;

(e) Except as provided by the Federal Falconry Regulations, a permittee may not take, transport or possess as part of his three-bird limitation, more than one raptor listed as threatened by the Service, and then only in accordance with Federal Regulations 50 CFR 21.

7. Examination--Before any falconry permit is issued the applicant shall be required to answer correctly at least 80% of the questions on a supervised examination approved by the Service relating to the basic biology, care and handling of raptors, literature, laws, regulations and other appropriate subject matter. An applicant failing the written examination may retake the test no sooner than two weeks after taking the first test. Applicants failing the second written examination may take a third examination no sooner than three weeks after taking the second test. No more than three examination takings shall be allowed except after a one year waiting period after the third examination another written examination may be taken.

8. Facilities and Equipment--Before any falconry permit is issued, the applicant's raptor housing facilities and falconry equipment shall be inspected and certified by a representative of SCWMRD meeting the following standards:

(1) Facilities--The primary consideration for raptor housing facilities whether indoors (mews) or outdoors (weathering area) is protection from the environment, predators or undue disturbance. The applicant shall have the following facilities:

(a) Indoor facilities (mews) shall be large enough to allow easy access for caring for raptors housed in the facility. If more than one raptor is to be housed in the facility, the raptors shall be tethered or separated by partitions and the area for each bird shall be large enough to allow each bird to fully extend its wings. There shall be at least one window, protected on the inside by vertical bars, spaced narrower than the width of the bird's body and a secure door that can be easily closed. The floor of the mews shall permit easy cleaning and shall be well drained. Adequate perches shall be provided.

(b) Outdoor facilities (weathering area) shall be fenced and covered with netting or wire or roofed to protect the birds from disturbance and attack by predators, except that perches more than 6 1/2 feet high need not be covered or roofed. The enclosures shall be wide enough to insure that the birds wings shall not strike the fence when flying from the perch. Protection from excessive sun, wind and inclement weather shall be provided for each bird. Adequate perches shall be provided.

(2) Equipment--The following items shall be in possession of the applicant before he can obtain a permit:

(a) Jesses--At least one pair of Aylmeri jesses of pliable leather or suitable synthetic material to be used when any raptor is flown free. Traditional type one-piece jesses may be used on raptors when not being flown; and

(b) Leashes and swivels--At least ibe flexible, weather-resident leash and one swivel of acceptable falconry design;

(c) Bath container. At least one container, 2 to 6 inches deep and wider than the length of the raptor for drinking and bathing for each raptor:

(d) Outdoor perches. At least one weathering area perch of an acceptable design shall be provided for each raptor; and

(e) Weighing device. A reliable scale or balance suitable for weighing the raptor and graduated in increments of not more than 1/2 ounce (15 grams) shall be provided.

(3) Maintenance--All facilities and equipment shall be kept at or above the preceding standards at all times.

(4) Transportation; Temporary Holding. Temporarily a raptor may be transported or held in temporary facilities, which shall be provided with an adequate perch and protection from extreme temperatures and excessive disturbance, for a period not to exceed 30 days.

9. Marking--Only peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), gyrfalcons (Falco rusticolus), and Harris hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus) are to be marked, using numbered, seamless bands issued by the Service for captive-bred raptors. Alteration, counterfeiting or defacing of a marker is prohibited.

10. Taking Restrictions

(1) Young raptors not yet capable of flight (eyasses) may not be taken at any time.

(2) A permittee shall take only first year (passage) raptors, except American kestrels (Falco sparverius), and Great horned owls (Bubo virginianus) which can be taken when over one year old. Special written authorization is required from the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department for any permittee to take raptors from the wild, except for American kestrels and Red-tailed hawks. Raptors shall be taken from the wild only during the period October 1 to January 31.

(3) Deleted.

(4) A previously held jessed or marked raptor may be retrapped at any time.

(5) No steel jaw traps, jump traps, pole traps or similar traps may be used.

(6) Legal trapping methods are limited to the following:

Bal Chatri (noose cage)

Swedish Goshawk trap

Noose Harness

Phai or noose ring

Dig-in method

Dho-Gaza Net

Bow-net

11. Other Restrictions--

(1) A person who possesses a lawfully acquired raptor before the enactment of these regulations and who fails to meet the permit requirements, shall be allowed to retain the raptor. All such birds shall be identified with markers supplied by the Service and cannot be replaced if death, loss, release or escape occurs.

(2) A person who possesses raptors before the enactment of these regulations in excess of the number allowed under his class permit shall be allowed to retain the extra raptors. All such raptors shall be identified with markers supplied by the Service and no replacement can occur until the number in possession is at least one less than the total number authorized by the class of permit held by the permittee.

(3) A falconry permit holder shall not intentionally release any species not indigenous to this state to the wild. The marker of any released bird shall be removed and surrendered to SCWMRD upon release. A standard Federal bird-band shall be attached to such birds by the State or authorized Federal bird bander whenever possible.

(4) Another person may provide temporary care for the bird(s) of permittee. If that period of care will exceed 30 days, written authorization from the permittee must accompany the bird(s) and the permittee shall inform the SCWMRD within three days of the transfer, the reason for the transfer, where the birds are being held, who is caring for them and approximately how many days they will be under the care of the second person. Persons caring for raptors beyond the 30 day period must also be current licensed falconers or raptor rehabilitators by SCWMRD.

(5) Feathers that are molted or those feathers from birds held in captivity that die, may be retained and exchanged by permittees only for imping.

(6) All state hunting seasons, fees and bag limits apply to sport falconry.

(7) General or master class permittees shall be required to assist in the SCWMRD raptor rehabilitation program. Raptors held pursuant to a rehabilitation permit for release, shall not be included as part of the legal possession restrictions.

12. Interstate Transport--Non-transfer, interstate import and export conditions follow:

(1) Non-residents of this state which are permittee holders from states which are recognized as falconry states by the Service may transport into this state raptors for personal falconry use (e.g. meets) provided the laws and regulations concerning hunting and falconry are observed. Nonresidents may trap raptors in South Carolina in accordance with SCWMRD falconry regulations provided they possess valid falconry permits from the state of residence and written authorization from SCWMRD.

(2) Residents of this state who are falconry permittees may transport their raptors into other states which are recognized by the Service as falconry states for personal falconry use provided hunting and falconry laws and regulations are observed.

13. The penalty for the violation of this section shall be that prescribed by Section 50-15-80 of the 1976 Code.

HISTORY: Amended by State Register Volume 17, Issue No. 2, eff Feb 26, 1993.

ARTICLE 5.

5. REGULATION OF REAL PROPERTY OWNED AND LEASED BY THE DEPARTMENT

(Statutory Authority: S.C. Code Sections 50-11-2200, 50-11-2210 and 50-11-2215)

123-200. Regulations Applicable to Wildlife Management Areas, Heritage Preserves and other lands owned by the Department of Natural Resources.

Applicability and Scope.

A. The purpose of this regulation is to govern the conduct and activities of visitors to Wildlife Management Areas, Heritage Preserves and other lands owned or leased by the Department of Natural Resources. This regulation applies to all property owned or leased by the Department of Natural Resources, including but not limited to wildlife management areas, heritage preserves, boat landings, and game preserves or reserves. Consistent with the restriction in Section 50-11-2215, the application of this regulation shall not interfere with the use and management of lands by a state agency charged with the management of those lands as part of the functions of the agency authorized by law or with the management and use by a landowner of his lands within the Wildlife Management Area program. Application of this regulation to privately owned lands is limited to those matters, uses, profits, or activities which the Department has acquired through lease or other authorized means.

B. Regulations for the establishment of open and closed seasons, bag limits, and methods for hunting and taking wildlife on all Department owned wildlife management area lands, and for the protection, preservation, operation, maintenance, and use of wildlife management area lands not owned by the Department are stated in R.123-40. The regulations below will apply to wildlife management area lands in addition to R.123-40. In case of any conflict with R.123-40, this regulation will prevail.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 34, Issue No 6, eff June 25, 2010.

123-201. Definitions.

For purposes of this regulation:

"All terrain vehicle" means a motorized vehicle, regardless of the number of wheels, designed or constructed primarily for use off of paved or improved roads.

"Boats" mean any watercraft, including but not limited to motorboats, sailboats, personal watercraft, canoes, kayaks, sailboards, rafts, inflatable boats, shells, and rowboats.

"Camping" means the overnight occupancy of land owned or leased by the Department.

"Department" means the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

"Department land" means real property, including any buildings, structures, or improvements, owned by the Department in fee simple, including but not limited to game preserves or reserves, heritage preserves, boat landings, and Department land designated as wildlife management area land.

"Ecofacts" are carbonized plant remains, animal bones, and shells utilized as food by historic and prehistoric peoples. "Fireworks" means any device for producing any display, such as light, noise, or smoke, by the combustion of explosive or flammable compositions.

"Fishing" means all activity and effort involved in taking or attempting to take fish.

"Hiking" means traversing land by foot for the purpose of pleasure or exercise, except traversing in connection with any other activity regulated by this regulation.

"Horse riding" means any equestrian activity.

"Hunting" means the act of trying to find, seek, obtain, pursue, or diligently search for wildlife for sport, regardless of whether wildlife is taken or not. The act of seeking wildlife or the pursuit of wildlife as sport, such as but not limited to raccoon hunting and training hunting dogs shall be deemed hunting. Any person accompanying a hunter or hunters and participating in a hunt in any regard shall be deemed to be hunting.

"Motorized vehicle" means a device incorporating a motor or an engine. "Nonmotorized vehicle" means a device not incorporating a motor or an engine of any type for propulsion, and with wheels, tracks, skids, skis, air cushion, or other contrivance for traveling on or adjacent to land. It shall include such vehicles as bicycles, skates, and in-line skates.

"Off road vehicle" means a motorized vehicle that includes stock enhancements to improve its ability for use off of paved or improved roads or a vehicle that has been modified from its stock condition to enhance its ability for use off of paved or improved roads.

"Pack animal" means any beast, including but not limited to horses, mules, donkeys, and llamas, used for the purpose of transporting equipment, gear, or other articles.

"Pets" mean any domesticated animal which is kept for the pleasure of the owner; however, for purposes of this regulation, pets may not include dangerous or venomous animals or any animal classified as threatened, endangered, or in need of management by any state or the federal government. A raptor, permitted as provided under R.123-170, will be deemed a pet.

"Pollution" or "polluting" means the direct or indirect act of throwing, draining, depositing, or otherwise discharging organic or inorganic matter in or on land.

"Primitive Camping" means the overnight occupancy of land, utilizing nothing more than temporary shelter such as a tent or tarp transported to the camping site by backpacking or by watercraft.

"Rock climbing" means the sport of ascending or descending rock faces of such vertical angle that the climber must use technical climbing techniques to safely negotiate the climb. This includes all free, aided, and friction climbing where ropes, pitons, nuts, chocks, screws, carabiners, snap links, chalk, ropes, fixed or removable anchors, or other similar climbing equipment is used.

"Rocks, artifacts, or ecofacts" shall include but not be limited to arrowheads, spear points, scrapers, drills, soapstone and soapstone objects, pottery sherds and vessels, bottles, beads, brick, tabby, metal objects (such as buttons, buckles, ordnance, insignia), charcoal, shells, plant remains, animal remains, and bone tools.

"Shells" mean the hard rigid, usually calcareous, covering of an animal.

"Specialty animals" mean all animals other than domestic pets; those native and imported animals which have been removed from the wild and are being bred, raised or kept for research, food, fur or skins, or for the production of income. Reptiles and amphibians are included in this category. "Service animals" are not considered "Specialty animals".

"Taking" means to shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or attempt to shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect any wildlife.

"Weapon" means an instrument of offensive or defensive combat, including firearms, capable of injuring human beings or animals; provided, however, implements such as small pocket or kitchen knives normally will not be considered as weapons.

"Wildlife" means all wild birds, wild game, fish, and any wild mammal, bird, amphibian, reptile, fish, mollusk, crustacean, or other wild animal not otherwise legally classified by statute or regulation of this State as a game species.

"Wildlife management area land" means those lands leased or otherwise established by the Department for the protection, propagation, and promotion of fish and wildlife and for public hunting and fishing.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 2010.

123-202. Hazard of Outdoor Activities and Liability.

Department land is made available to the general public for reasonable uses not prohibited by statute or regulation. These lands are held and maintained in a natural condition, except for uses requiring modification. Outdoor activities are not risk free. All members of the public using Department land and wildlife management area land must exercise due care in planning and carrying out any activities. Any person making use of Department land and wildlife management area land for any purpose does so at his own risk, and the Department shall not be liable in any respect for any loss, damage, or injury to person or property caused or occasioned thereby.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 2010.

123-203. General Regulation.

This section shall apply to all Wildlife Management Areas, Heritage Preserves and other lands owned by the Department.

A. Hunting, fishing, and taking game animals, birds, fish, or other wildlife is allowed on Wildlife Management Areas that have been designated as part of the Wildlife Management Area program. Hunting, fishing, and taking shall be subject to all applicable statutes and regulations, specifically including R.123-40.

B. All firearms must be unloaded and secured in a weapons case except while legally hunting, unless otherwise legally permitted. Target, skeet, trap, plinking, or any other type of shooting with any firearm or weapon is allowed on designated shooting ranges. Except as otherwise specifically authorized by South Carolina statute or this regulation, weapons and firearms are not allowed on any heritage preserve. Possession of a weapon or firearm is allowed on any heritage preserve designated by the Department as a wildlife management area subject to the regulations.

C. Hiking is allowed subject to the following restrictions or conditions:

(1) Hiking is allowed. The Department may post or place signs declaring any area closed to hiking;

(2) The use of all designated hiking trails, except for posted multi-use trails is restricted solely to foot travel and the legitimate activities associated with the pursuit of hiking.

D. Operation of motorized, nonmotorized vehicles, all terrain vehicles, and off road vehicles.

The operation of motorized vehicles is allowed subject to the following restrictions or conditions:

(1) Motorized vehicles, all terrain vehicles, and off road vehicles may be operated only on open maintained roads and parking areas except as otherwise established by posted notice or as approved by the Department. All terrain vehicles are not allowed on any heritage preserve.

(2) Motorized vehicles, all terrain vehicles, and off road vehicles shall not exceed speed limits posted on Department signs.

(3) No person may operate any motorized, all terrain vehicle, off road vehicle or non-motorized vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner. The operation of any vehicle in such a manner as to indicate either a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property shall be deemed to be operating in a reckless manner.

(4) The operation of motorized vehicles, all terrain vehicles, and off road vehicles must comply with any posting or signs. Obstructing vehicular traffic is not allowed.

(5) All motorized vehicles, all terrain vehicles, and off road vehicles must be equipped with properly working mufflers, brakes, mirrors and spark arresters (if the vehicle was originally factory equipped with spark arresters and/or mirrors).

(6) Charter buses or other vehicles engaged in transporting persons for compensation are only allowed by permit.

(7) The numbers of motorized vehicles, nonmotorized vehicles, horses, or boats allowed on any area at one time may be limited by the Department through a permitting system.

(8) The operation of nonmotorized vehicles are allowed subject to the following restrictions or conditions:

(a) Bicycles may be ridden on roads open to motorized vehicles, established roadbeds and designated bicycle trails unless otherwise posted.

(b) Using roller skates, in-line skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices is allowed only in designated areas.

E. Swimming .

Swimming is allowed only in designated areas, which includes any State or federal navigable waterway abutting or flowing through Department land.

F. Camping.

(1) Camping is allowed only within areas designated as campsites by the Department. The Department will designate campsites by placement of signs or by other means such as maps or brochures.

(2) Camping in one location for more than four nights is prohibited except under permit.

(3) All camping supplies must be removed from camping sites.

(4) No organized group of ten or more individuals may camp at a single designated camp site at any time except under permit.

(5) Permanent structures must not be erected.

G. Horse riding.

(1) Horse riding is allowed, except during any open hunting periods.

(2) The riding of horses is allowed on roads open to motorized vehicular traffic, unless posted as closed to horseback riding.

(3) Horse riding is allowed on firebreaks or trails if specifically posted as open to horseback riding.

(4) The Department may restrict the number of horses and horse trailers and may require permits on specific areas. Restrictions shall be posted at the offices and/or entrances to Department lands or in published brochures.

(5) The owner of any horse brought onto Department property is responsible for the payment of any expense for the removal of injured or dead horses.

(6) Horses must be attended.

(7) Only pelletized feed may be used, no hay.

(8) Access to a Department property by horseback is limited to a designated public entrance. A public entrance is a day-use parking area. For ride-on users (without vehicles or trailers) only, entrance is allowed where a road open to motorized vehicular traffic or firebreak designated for horseback riding intersects a public or private road.

(9) When not being ridden, horses must be led by halter or reins, confined in a trailer, or tied to a trailer tie or hitching rail. Horses may not be confined using portable corrals or electric fences.

(10) Within a day-use parking area, horses must be kept at a flat walk.

(11) The Department may require a person with an unruly horse, which is causing a disturbance or safety hazard, to remove the horse from Department property.

H. Operation of boats.

(1) Boats may be used on Department land only on a watercourse or water body which has been designated by the Department for the use of boats. The Department may restrict the type, size, or number of boats and motors or the use of motors. Any restrictions shall be posted at the entrances to Department land. This restriction shall not apply to any State or federal navigable waterway.

(2) Motorized boats may only be launched at launch sites designated by the Department.

I. Possession of pets or specialty animals.

(1) Pets may enter Department land and accompany an individual on allowed activities if each pet is under the actual control of the owner or possessor.

(2) Neither dangerous pets nor pets with a propensity toward aggressive behavior are allowed.

(3) The requirements of this subsection do not apply to dogs while being used during and as a part of any of the following activities:

(a) Hunting when use of dogs is authorized by statute or regulation.

(b) The training of dogs to hunt is deemed hunting; training of dogs to hunt on lands and waters may be undertaken only during periods when hunting with dogs is authorized by statute or regulation.

(c) Authorized field trial events.

(d) Special events or activities as authorized by the Department.

(4) Raptors are allowed on Department land in compliance with R.123-170.

J. Consumption of alcohol.

Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by a person of lawful age only at a designated campsite, designated facility, residence or other designated location.

K. Gathering, damaging, or destroying rocks, minerals, fossils, artifacts, geological formations or ecofacts.

(1) The Department may authorize the collection of certain material upon issuance of a permit .

L. Gathering, damaging, or destroying plants, fallen vegetation, animals and fungi.

(1) The Department may authorize the collection of certain material upon issuance of a permit.

(2) Shed antlers at ground surface may be collected.

M. Use of fire, fireworks, or explosives.

(1) Open fires may only be started at campsites designated by the Department. Gas grills, gas lanterns, and portable charcoal grills may be operated at designated campsites.

(2) No fire may be left unattended. Prior to leaving the site, any fire must be completely extinguished, leaving neither flames nor embers.

(3) No wood, except from dead and down trees or from supplies as may be furnished by the Department shall be used for fuel.

(4) On any land where camp fires are permitted, the Department may prohibit the use of fires for any purpose by posting a notice at entrances to individual parcels of land.

(5) No person may deposit lighted matches, cigars, cigarettes or other burning tobacco where they will cause fire.

N. Hours of Operation.

(1) The Department may restrict the hours of operation on any Department land by publication in Department brochures and pamphlets or by posting on site specific hours of operation.

(2) Heritage preserves are open for public use from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. On any preserve that is designated as a wildlife management area, the hours of operation shall be the same as are authorized for hunting as stated in R.123-40.

O. Shooting onto or across WMA land closed to hunting.

(1) Shooting onto or across WMA land closed to hunting is allowed provided the shooter and the game being shot at are physically outside the boundary of the WMA. The airspace above the WMA is considered within the boundary of the WMA.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 2010.

123-204. Additional Regulations Applicable to Specific Properties.

A. Aiken County Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve.

(1) Bicycles may be ridden on hiking trails. Bicyclists may ride in groups no larger than five (5).

B. Bay Point Heritage Preserve.

(1) No dogs are allowed.

(2) No person may enter any area of the preserve designated as a nesting area for birds.

C. Bear Branch Heritage Preserve.

Public visitation is by permit only. The preserve is closed to use except by permit.

D. Bear Island.

(1) Except when closed for scheduled hunts, the area is open from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

(2) The property is closed to all public access from November 1 through February 8, except for scheduled hunts.

(3) All terrain vehicles are prohibited.

(4) Camping is allowed only at designated sites and only during scheduled big game hunts.

(5) The area is closed to general public access during scheduled hunts.

(6) Fishing is allowed in designated areas from April 1 through September 30.

E. Bird-Key Stono Heritage Preserve.

(1) No dogs are allowed.

(2) No person may enter any area of the preserve designated as a nesting area for birds.

(3) March 15 through October 15 the area is closed to all access including the intertidal zone between low and high tide waterlines.

(4) October 16 through March 14 access is allowed only in the intertidal zone between low and high tide waterlines.

(5) No motorized vehicles, bicycles or horses.

F. Caper's Island Heritage Preserve.

(1) Overnight Camping on Capers Island is by permit only. Permit may be obtained from the DNR Charleston office. No more than 80 people will be allowed to camp per night. These 80 people may be divided into no more than 20 different groups.

(2) Permits will be issued on a first come first served basis.

(3) Campsites will be occupied on a first come first served basis.

(4) Permits are not required for day use.

(5) Persons without permits must be off the island by one hour after sunset.

(6) No trash is to be placed in any fire or buried.

(7) Department maintenance facilities on the island are not open to the public.

(8) No crab or fish pots or traps are allowed in impoundments.

(9) No motorized vehicles, nonmotorized vehicles, off road vehicles, or all-terrain vehicles are allowed on Capers Island.

(10) No fishing is allowed from the impoundment tide gate.

G. Crab Bank Heritage Preserve.

(1) No dogs are allowed.

(2) No person may enter any area of the preserve designated as a nesting area for birds.

(3) March 15 through October 15 the area is closed to all access including the intertidal zone between low and high tide waterlines.

(4) October 16 through March 14 access is allowed only in the intertidal zone between low and high tide waterlines.

(5) No motorized vehicles, bicycles or horses.

H. Daws Island Heritage Preserve.

Camping is allowed only by permit issued by the Department. Primitive camping only is allowed. Daws Island camping is limited to two groups of no more than eight people in each group.

I. Deveaux Bank.

(1) No dogs are allowed.

(2) No person may enter any area of the preserve designated as a nesting area for birds.

(3) Closed all year above the high tide line (no seasonal closure) except in the recreation area.

(4) No motorized vehicles, bicycles or horses.

J. Donnelley WMA.

(1) Horseback riders must obtain a permit from the Donnelley WMA office prior to riding.

(2) All terrain vehicles are prohibited.

(3) Camping is prohibited.

K. Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve.

(1) No person may enter any area of the preserve designated as a nesting area for birds.

(2) Entrance to the preserve is through a designated parking area. Each person must sign in and out of the preserve at a designated entrance/exit.

L. Gopher Branch Heritage Preserve.

Public visitation is by permit only.

M. Great Pee Dee River Heritage Preserve.

(1) Primitive camping only is allowed. Camping may occur only along riverbanks and on sandbars, which may be approached only by backpacking or boat.

(2) Each person entering the preserve other than by boat must sign in and out at a designated entrance/exit.

N. Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges.

This subsection shall apply to all Department owned land within the boundaries of the Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges (hereinafter referred to as Jocassee Gorges).

(1) Camping.

(a) Backcountry camping by permit will be allowed at any time during the year that the main roads allowing access to the Jocassee Gorges are not opened in connection with big game hunting. Backcountry camping is allowed by permit only at any location within the Jocassee Gorges, except for any area closed for camping by the Department. Backcountry camping is defined as minimal impact camping. No fires are allowed and each permitted camper is responsible for camping in a manner that results in no trace of the camping activity being left after breaking camp. Backcountry campers must apply for camping permits over the Department internet site. No camping is permitted within twenty-five (25) feet of a stream, lake, or as posted by the Department.

(b) The Foothills Trail passes through portions of the Jocassee Gorges. Use of the Foothills Trail shall be limited to hiking and primitive camping. Camping is allowed at any point along the trail and within one hundred feet of either side of the trail. Camping along the Foothills Trail is restricted to hikers while engaged in backpacking.

(2) Operation of motorized, non-motorized vehicles, all terrain vehicles, and off road vehicles. Motorized and non-motorized vehicle access to the Jocassee Gorges is limited. Highway 178 and Cleo Chapman Road (county road 143) are the only paved roads that access the property. Access by the general public to the Jocassee Gorges by motorized vehicles will follow a seasonal schedule. Road opening and closing schedules written below are given as general information. The Department may open and close any road at any time and for such duration as deemed necessary by the Department to manage the property.

(a) The operation of a motorized vehicle behind any closed gate is prohibited.

(b) Roads open to year-round public access include a section of Horsepasture to Laurel Fork Gap (from Highway 178 only).

(c) All roads with Green gates are seasonally open. All roads with red gates are closed to vehicular traffic. This information will be posted at all major entrances.

(d) Motorized vehicles, all terrain vehicles, and off road vehicles may be operated only on open maintained roads and parking areas except as otherwise established by posted notice or as approved by the Department.

(e) Motorized vehicles, all terrain vehicles, and off road vehicles shall not exceed speed limits posted on Department signs. On any land where no speed limit signs are posted the speed limit shall be 15 miles per hour.

(f) Subject to the authority in subsection (d) above, the operation of all terrain vehicles is restricted as follows: Operation of all terrain vehicles is restricted to one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset each day beginning on Monday and continuing through the following Friday. A person may use an all terrain vehicle while actually engaged in hunting at any time hunting is allowed; provided, however, the operation of an all terrain vehicle is restricted to one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset with the exception of game retrieval, and an all terrain vehicle may be used only on open roads.

(g) All terrain vehicles having three (3) wheels and motorcycles constructed or intended primarily for off road use, such as dirt bikes and motocross bikes, are prohibited within the Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at all times.

(h) Bicycles may be ridden on any road or area that is not posted as closed to bicycles.

(3) The use of hang gliders, parachutes, or similar devices is not allowed and may be deemed abuse of Department land.

O. Joiner Bank Heritage Preserve.

(1) No dogs are allowed.

(2) No person may enter any area of the preserve designated as a nesting area for birds.

P. Little Pee Dee Heritage Preserve.

(1) Primitive camping only is allowed. Camping may occur only along riverbanks and on sandbars, which may be approached only by backpacking or boat.

Q. Nipper Creek Heritage Preserve.

Public visitation is by permit only. The preserve is closed to use except by permit.

R. North Santee Bar Heritage Preserve.

(1) No dogs are allowed.

(2) No person may enter any area of the preserve designated as a nesting area for birds.

S. St. Helena Sound Heritage Preserve (Ashe Island, Beet Island, Big Island, Warren Island, and South Williman).

Camping is restricted to primitive camping in designated areas only.

T. St. Helena Sound Heritage Preserve (Otter Island).

(1) No dogs are allowed.

(2) Primitive camping only is allowed by permit issued by the Department. Primitive camping is restricted to designated areas and will be allowed only between November 1 and April 30 .

U. Samworth WMA.

(1) Managed wetlands will be open for wildlife observation, bird watching, photography or nature study during daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset) from February 9 through October 31 each year. Between November 1 and February 8 these activities will be restricted to designated areas on Butler Creek and the Big Pee Dee River. All public use of this type will be by foot travel only after arriving by watercraft.

(2) The mainland nature trail will be open without day or time restriction to foot traffic only.

(3) All terrain vehicles, bicycles, and horses are prohibited.

(4) Temporary primitive camping will be available to organized groups by permit. No camping will be allowed that may conflict with organized hunts.

(5) Dirleton grounds are open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

V. Santee Coastal Reserve.

(1) The Santee Coastal Reserve is open during daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset) for limited public use year round except during annually scheduled hunts. Notice of the hunts will be issued annually.

(2) Managed wetlands will be open for wildlife observation, bird watching, photography, or nature study during daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset) from February 9 through October 31 each year except during special hunts and events regulated by the Department.

(3) The dikes around the waterfowl impoundments and the canoe trail will be closed, except by prior arrangement, during the period of November 1 through February 8 of the next year.

(4) Prior arrangements must be made with the Reserve manager to use observation blinds for waterfowl.

(5) The upland nature trail will be available during open periods stated above.

(6) The hiking/biking trail will also be available during open periods, however, it will be closed between the dates of November 1 and February 8.

(7) The beaches on Cedar and Murphy Islands will be open year round, seven days a week.

(8) Bicycles may be ridden on nature trails.

(9) Fishing is permitted from the Santee River dock and the Hog Pen impoundment except during scheduled hunts. Fishing will be allowed during daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset). Fishing is permitted on Murphy and Cedar Island beaches at any time on a year round basis.

(10) A permit is required for all camping. Primitive camping is available on Cedar and Murphy Islands beaches year round which requires no prior arrangement. All arrangements for camping should be made with the supervisor of the Santee Coastal Reserve.

W. Santee-Delta WMA.

(1) Managed wetlands will be open for wildlife observation, bird watching, photography or nature study during daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset) from February 9 through October 31 each year except during special hunts and events regulated by the Department. Area closed to all public access from November 1 through February 8 except for special hunts and events regulated by the Department. All public use of this type will be by foot travel only.

(2) All terrain vehicles, bicycles, and horses are prohibited.

(3) Camping is prohibited.

X. Shealy's Pond Heritage Preserve.

Gasoline powered motors on boats are prohibited.

Y. Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve.

(1) Camping is allowed in designated campsites during designated hunts only.

Z. Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center.

The center is a wildlife sanctuary.

(1) The public may visit the Yawkey Center on a limited basis. Visitation is by pre-scheduled field trip only. Individual trips cannot be scheduled. Group field trip may be arranged by contacting the manager for the center. The public is advised that scheduling of field trips is entirely at the discretion of the manager in order to accommodate the basic responsibilities of the sanctuary.

(2) Camping is allowed only by permit issued by mail no less than two weeks in advance by the Department. Camping is allowed only on the beaches along the ocean front, which are accessible by boat only, between September 16 and May 14. Primitive camping only is allowed for a period of no more than four consecutive nights per individual permittee.

AA. Victoria Bluff heritage Preserve.

(1) Camping is allowed only during Department designated archery hunts. Gas lanterns and gas grills only may be used by campers.

(2) No campfires or any other use of fire shall be allowed.

BB. Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve.

Primitive camping only is allowed. Camping is allowed only along riverbanks and on sandbars; campers may approach only by backpacking or boat.

CC. Watson Cooper Heritage Preserve.

Camping is restricted to primitive camping. No live plants may be cut or cleared to improve or expand a campsite. No campsites or campfires within 25 feet of a stream or creek.

DD. Webb WMA.

(1) Webb WMA is closed to the general public from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise.

(2) Overnight visitors to the Webb Center are not restricted in hours of access.

(3) No camping without a permit except for deer, turkey, and hog hunters on nights before a designated hunt.

(4) Bicycles may be ridden on any area that is not marked or posted as restricted to bicycles. No bicycle may be operated in any manner or place that will damage or degrade any feature or habitat. During scheduled big game hunts, bicycles and all terrain vehicles are prohibited except as used by legal hunters and anglers.

EE. Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve.

(1) All terrain vehicles may be ridden on the portions of Cane Break and Horsepasture roads on the Preserve subject to the same rules as the Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges.

FF. Botany Bay Plantation WMA.

(1) No camping is allowed.

(2) All terrain vehicles are prohibited except those permitted by the Department for special management activities.

(3) The Fig Island shell rings are closed to all public access except organized scientific, management or educational activities permitted by the the Department.

(4) Access to the beach is by foot, bicycle or boat; no horses allowed on the beach. No dogs allowed on the beach. No collection, removal or possession of shells, fossils, driftwood or cultural artifacts is permitted.

(5) Sea Cloud Landing on Ocella Creek and all other designated access points are restricted to non-trailered watercraft.

(6) All hunters, fishermen and visitors must obtain and complete a day use pass upon entering the area and follow instructions on the pass.

(7) Botany Bay Plantation WMA is closed to public access 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise except for special events regulated by the Department.

(8) No person may gather, collect, deface, remove, damage, disturb, destroy, or otherwise injure in any manner whatsoever the plants, animals (except lawful hunting), fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, artifacts, or ecofacts including but not limited to any tree, flower, shrub, fern, moss, charcoal, plant remains, or animal remains. The Department may authorize the collection of certain material upon issuance of a permit as provided in 123-206.

(9) Shorebased fishing, shrimping, and crabbing, is allowed only on the front beach and in designated areas only.

(10) The Department reserves the right to close specific areas as needed for management purposes.

(11) Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the area.

GG. McBee WMA.

(1) All terrain vehicles are prohibited.

HH. Cambells Crossroads and Angelus Tract.

(1) All terrain vehicles are prohibited.

II. Pee Dee Station WMA.

(1) All terrain vehicles are prohibited.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 2010.

123-205. Special Events, Permit Requirements and Procedures, and Exceptions.

A. A special event permit is required for all events occurring on Department land if one of the following conditions exists:

(1) the exclusive use of a facility or a specified land or water area is required;

(2) an organized or advertised competition will be conducted;

(3) sound will be amplified which may disrupt area users; or

(4) temporary structures, other than blinds or common camping equipment, will be erected.

B. Permits may not be issued for events that are commercial in nature, where entrance or similar fees are charged, or where vendors are present for the purpose of selling any items.

C. An event sponsored in part or in total by the Department shall not require a special event permit.

D. Permit procedures:

(1) Each application for a special event permit must be submitted to the Department not less than 30 weekdays before the event is to be held;

(2) Performance deposit may be required as a condition of special event permit issuance;

(3) The deposit will be returned by the Department, provided the special event permittee has performed all permit conditions;

(4) The permittee is responsible for cleaning and safekeeping the land during and following any event, and the permittee is responsible for any damage and for clean-up costs incurred by the Department in connection with the event;

(5) Permit holders may tag or mark wildlife only as allowed under permit conditions.

E. The Department may refuse to issue a special event permit if the proposed event would:

(1) not be compatible with intended uses of the area;

(2) result in misuse or damage to facilities, structures or the natural environment; or

(3) pose a threat to public health, safety or welfare.

F. In addition to other penalties prescribed by law, failure to comply with all rules and regulations and permit conditions is grounds for revocation of a special event permit or refusal to issue a special event permit.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 32, Issue No. 5, eff May 23, 2008; State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 2010.

123-206. Permits to Collect Plants, Animals, or Minerals or to Undertake Archeological Activities.

A. The Department may issue permits to collect plants, animals, or minerals or to undertake research, survey, or archeological activities on Department land. Permits may be issued only for activities relating to educational or scientific purposes. Permits may be issued subject to the following conditions:

(1) Each application for a permit must be submitted to the Department not less than 30 weekdays before the proposed activity is to commence;

(2) A performance deposit may be required as a condition of permit issuance;

(3) The deposit will be returned by the Department, provided the permittee has performed all permit conditions;

(4) The permittee is responsible for cleaning and safekeeping the land during and following the activity, and the permittee will be responsible for any damage and for clean-up costs incurred by the Department in connection with the activity;

(5) Permit holders may tag or mark wildlife only as allowed under permit conditions.

B. The Department may refuse to issue a permit if the activity would:

(1) not be compatible with intended uses of the area;

(2) result in misuse or damage to facilities, structures or the natural environment; or

(3) pose a threat to public health, safety or welfare.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 2010.

123-207. Exception for Non-Public Use Properties.

This regulation shall not be applicable to Department owned land used for such purposes as fish hatcheries, maintenance facilities, storage facilities, offices, residences, or similar facilities which are not open generally for public use or recreational purposes.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 2010.

123-208. Law Enforcement, Fire Fighting, and Emergency Activities.

This regulation shall not be construed or applied to prevent any authorized law enforcement, fire fighting, emergency, or rescue personnel from carrying out their official responsibilities.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 26, Issue No. 5, Part 2, eff May 24, 2002. Amended by State Register Volume 34, Issue No. 6, eff June 25, 2010.

123-209. Term and Conditions for the Public's Use of Lakes and Ponds Owned by the Department of Natural Resources.

A. Under the statutory authority provided to the Department of Natural Resources (the department) through 1976 Code Section 50-13-2011, the department may establish terms and conditions under which the public may use the lakes and ponds it owns pursuant to the provisions of Article 3, Chapter 23, Title 1 (the Administrative Procedures Act).

B. Pursuant to the conditions provided in 1976 Code Section 50-11-2200 prohibiting certain acts and conduct on department owned lands, regulations defining the terms and conditions for public use of lakes and ponds owned by the department are as follows:

a. Draper WMA State Lakes in York County

i. Lakes open for fishing from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset, every day except Tuesday. The ponds are closed to fishing on Tuesdays.

ii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iii. No minnows allowed for bait.

iv. Combined daily fish limits from all ponds are 3 largemouth bass 14 inches or longer, 15 bream, and 3 catfish. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

v. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vi. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

vii. No boats are allowed in ponds.

viii. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

b. Lake Cherokee in Cherokee County

i. The lake is open to fishing 24 hours a day. The lake is open for other allowed purposes from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset.

ii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iii. Daily fish limits are 20 bream, 3 largemouth bass 15 inches or longer, and 3 catfish. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

iv. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

v. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vi. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

vii. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

viii. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

c. Lake Edgar Brown in Barnwell County

i. The lake is open to fishing 24 hours a day. The lake is open for other allowed purposes from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset.

ii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iii. Daily fish limits are 20 bream, 3 catfish, and 3 largemouth bass 16 inches or longer. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

iv. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only. No motorized vehicles of any type allowed on dikes.

v. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vi. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

vii. Motor powered boats are allowed. Only outboard motors rated at 10 horsepower or less are allowed north of Wellington Road.

viii. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

d. Lake George Warren in Hampton County

i. The lake is open to fishing 24 hours a day. The lake is open for other allowed purposes from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset.

ii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iii. Daily fish limits are 20 bream, 3 catfish, and 3 largemouth bass. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

iv. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

v. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vi. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

vii. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle, electric trolling motors or outboard motors rated at 10 horsepower or less.

viii. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

e. Lake John D. Long in Union County

i. The lake is open from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset.

ii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iii. Daily fish limits are 10 bream, 3 catfish, and 3 largemouth bass. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

iv. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

v. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vi. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

vii. No minnows allowed for bait.

viii. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

ix. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

x. Lake Long will be closed at all times for renovation and restocking from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. Lake Long will reopen on July 1, 2015.

f. Mountain Lakes in Chester County

i. The lakes are open on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

ii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iii. Daily fish limits are 10 bream, 3 catfish, and 1 largemouth bass 16 inches or longer. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

iv. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

v. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vi. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

vii. No minnows allowed for bait.

viii. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

ix. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

g. Lake Paul Wallace in Marlboro County

i. The lake is open to fishing 24 hours a day. The lake is open for other allowed purposes from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset.

ii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iii. Daily limits are 20 bream and 3 catfish. No harvesting of largemouth bass (Catch and Release only). Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

iv. No minnows allowed for bait.

v. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

vi. Trails are for walking or fishing access only, no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vii. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

viii. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

ix. Lake may be closed for special use activities by special permit of the department.

x. Lake Wallace Fishing Side (East of the earthen dike that separates the two lake portions)

1. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle, electric trolling motors or outboard motors rated at 10 horsepower or less.

xi. Lake Wallace Boating Side (West of the earthen dike which separates the two lake portions)

1. Boats and water skiing are allowed and must follow a counter-clockwise route of travel.

2. Jet Ski or personal watercraft are allowed but not within 200 feet of boats.

3. All other South Carolina watercraft rules and regulations apply.

h. Lake Thicketty in Cherokee County

i. The lake is open to fishing 24 hours a day. The lake is open for other allowed purposes from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset.

ii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iii. Daily fish limits are 20 bream, 3 largemouth bass and 3 catfish. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

iv. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

v. Trails are for walking or fishing access only, no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vi. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

vii. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle, electric trolling motors or outboard motors rated at 10 horsepower or less.

viii. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

i. Webb Center Lakes in Hampton County

i. The lakes are open for fishing Monday through Saturday from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset except for Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning during scheduled deer hunts (October 1 - January 1).

ii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The state wide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iii. Daily fish limits are 30 bream and 10 largemouth bass. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

iv. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

v. Trails are for walking or fishing access only, no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vi. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

vii. No minnows allowed for bait.

viii. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

ix. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 37, Issue No. 6, eff June 28, 2013.

123-210. Term and Conditions for the Public's Use of Lakes and Ponds Leased by the Department of Natural Resources.

A. Under the statutory authority provided to the Department of Natural Resources (the department) through 1976 Code Section 50-13-2011 the department may establish terms and conditions under which the public may use the lakes and ponds it leases pursuant to the provisions of Article 3, Chapter 23, Title 1 (the Administrative Procedures Act).

B. Regulations defining the terms and conditions for public use of lakes and ponds leased by the department are as follows:

a. Lake Ashwood in Lee County

i. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older.

ii. The lake is open from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset seven days a week.

iii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iv. Daily fish limits are 20 bream, 3 catfish, and 3 largemouth bass. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

v. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

vi. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vii. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

viii. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle, electric trolling motors or outboard motors rated at 10 horsepower or less.

ix. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for operation and equipment.

x. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

xi. The following activities are prohibited:

1. Snagging of fish or the use of any nongame fish device

2. Swimming

3. Loitering

4. Hunting

5. Camping

6. Trapping

7. Loud noise or loud music

8. Fireworks

9. Fires (allowed in grill or designated areas only)

10. Possession or discharging of firearms.

b. Dargan's Pond in Darlington County

i. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older.

ii. The lake is open on Wednesday and Saturday only (March 1 - September 30), from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

iii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iv. Daily fish limits are 20 bream, 3 catfish, and 3 largemouth bass 16 inches or longer. Fishermen are allowed to keep 2 bass under the 16" minimum. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

v. Vehicles and pedestrians are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

vi. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vii. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

viii. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

ix. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for operation and equipment.

x. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

xi. The following activities are prohibited:

1. Snagging of fish or the use of any nongame fish device

2. Swimming

3. Loitering

4. Hunting

5. Camping

6. Trapping

7. Loud noise or loud music

8. Fireworks

9. Fires (allowed in designated areas only)

10. Possession or discharging of firearms.

c. Lake Edwin Johnson in Spartanburg County

i. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older.

ii. The lake is open one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset seven days a week.

iii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iv. Daily fish limits are 10 bream, 3 catfish, and 3 largemouth bass 15 inches or longer. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

v. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

vi. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vii. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

viii. No minnows allowed for bait.

ix. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

x. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for operation and equipment.

xi. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

xii. The following activities are prohibited:

1. Snagging of fish or the use of any nongame fish device

2. Swimming

3. Loitering

4. Hunting

5. Camping

6. Trapping

7. Loud noise or loud music

8. Fireworks

9. Fires (allowed in grill or designated areas only)

10. Possession or discharging of firearms.

d. Jonesville Reservoir in Union County

i. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older.

ii. The lake is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday only, from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

iii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iv. Daily fish limits are 10 bream, 3 catfish, and 3 largemouth bass. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

v. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

vi. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vii. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

viii. No minnows allowed for bait.

ix. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

x. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for operation and equipment.

xi. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

xii. The following activities are prohibited:

1. Snagging of fish or the use of any nongame fish device

2. Swimming

3. Loitering

4. Hunting

5. Camping

6. Trapping

7. Loud noise or loud music

8. Fireworks

9. Fires (allowed in grill or designated areas only)

10. Possession or discharging of firearms.

e. Lancaster Reservoir in Lancaster County

i. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older.

ii. The lake is open on Thursday and Saturday from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

iii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iv. Daily fish limits are 20 bream, 3 catfish, 2 largemouth bass 16 inches or longer, and 30 crappie. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

v. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

vi. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vii. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

viii. No minnows allowed for bait.

ix. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

x. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for operation and equipment.

xi. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

xii. The following activities are prohibited:

1. Snagging of fish or the use of any nongame fish device

2. Swimming

3. Loitering

4. Hunting (except in the designated waterfowl area)

5. Camping

6. Trapping

7. Loud noise or loud music

8. Fireworks

9. Fires (allowed in designated areas only)

10. Possession or discharging of firearms.

f. Lake Oliphant in Chester County

i. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older.

ii. The lake is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

iii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iv. Daily fish limits are 20 bream, 3 largemouth bass 14inches or longer, and 3 catfish per day. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

v. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

vi. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vii. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

viii. No minnows allowed for bait.

ix. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

x. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for operation and equipment.

xi. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

xii. The following activities are prohibited:

1. Snagging of fish or the use of any nongame fish device

2. Swimming

3. Loitering

4. Hunting

5. Camping

6. Trapping

7. Loud noise or loud music

8. Fireworks

9. Fires (allowed in grill or designated areas only)

10. Possession or discharging of firearms.

g. Star Fort Pond in Greenwood County

i. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older.

ii. The lake is open to fishing (April 1 - November 1) on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

iii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iv. Daily fish limits are 10 bream, 3 catfish, and 3 largemouth bass 12 inches or longer. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

v. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

vi. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vii. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

viii. No minnows allowed for bait.

ix. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

x. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for operation and equipment.

xi. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

xii. The following activities are prohibited:

1. Snagging of fish or the use of any nongame fish device

2. Swimming

3. Loitering

4. Hunting

5. Camping

6. Trapping

7. Loud noise or loud music

8. Fireworks

9. Fires (allowed in designated areas only)

10. Possession or discharging of firearms.

h. Sunrise Lake in Lancaster County

i. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older.

ii. The lake is open to fishing on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

iii. Fishing is allowed with only rod and reels or poles. The statewide limit on the number of these devices applies.

iv. Daily fish limits are 20 bream, 3 catfish, and 2 largemouth bass 16 inches or longer. Statewide limits apply for all other fish species.

v. Vehicles are restricted to roads and designated access areas only.

vi. Trails are for walking or fishing access only; no ATVs, motorized vehicles, or horses allowed on these trails.

vii. Pets must be on leashes or under the control of their owner at all times.

viii. No minnows allowed for bait.

ix. Boats are allowed, but may only be propelled by paddle or electric trolling motors.

x. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements for operation and equipment.

xi. Entry to this property is allowed from Boyd Faile Road only.

xii. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on department lake properties, except as by special permit of the department.

xiii. The following activities are prohibited:

1. Snagging of fish or the use of any nongame fish device

2. Swimming

3. Loitering

4. Hunting

5. Camping

6. Trapping

7. Loud noise or loud music

8. Fireworks

9. Fires (allowed in designated areas only)

10. Possession or discharging of firearms.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Volume 37, Issue No. 6, eff June 28, 2013.

ARTICLE 6.

ISSUANCE OF WARNING TICKETS

(Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Section 50-3-395)

123-601. Use of Warning Tickets.

The use of warning tickets is limited to misdemeanor cases under Title 50 in which the Conservation Officer in his judgment determines that the enforcement of the law, the education of the public, and the protection of the resources of this state will best be served by the issuance of a warning ticket in lieu of a summons ticket.

The form prescribed for such warning ticket shall be substantially as below and the ticket shall be issued in triplicate with one copy to the violator, one copy retained by the officer and one copy forwarded to the Chief of Law Enforcement or his designee.

The form of the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department Warning Ticket shall have the following information:

1. Name of Department -S.C. Wildlife & Marine Res. Dept.

2. Name of Form -Violation Warning Notice

3. Name of violator

4. Social Security number of violator

5. Address of violator

6. Date of birth of violator

7. Date of warning

8. Violation

9. Code section

10. Location

11. The following statement: "This warning carries with it a request to learn and abide by all Fish, Game and Boating Laws so that our natural resources can be safely enjoyed by present and future generations."

12. Signed by Conservation Officer

13. Radio call number of Conservation Officer

14. County of violation

15. A listing as follows with a box to mark type of violation:

i.e. Game and Fish

Boating

Commercial Fishing




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