South Carolina Suspends Deer Season Due to Hurricane Florence Flood Waters

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Are You in Part of the State Included in the Season Suspension?

Beginning Wednesday, September 19, a 10-day closure of the hunting season for deer hunting will be in effect. (Shutterstock / Cire Notrevo photo)

Due to the extreme high river level and widespread flooding following Florence, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has declared a temporary closure for hunting within the Pee Dee and Waccamaw River drainage systems on all game species except for alligator, doves, hogs and coyotes. The department has received contacts from numerous concerned sportsmen. The flooding has created potential for exploitation of game species that are deprived of their normal escape routes and confined to small areas of high ground. 

Effective at 12:01 am on Wednesday, September 19, a 10-day closure of the hunting season for all game species excluding alligator, dove, hogs and coyotes will be in effect. The current closure will continue until 11:59 pm on Friday, September 28, 2018. SCDNR will continue to monitor flooded areas to adjust the closure zones and timeframes as conditions change. Any changes will be posted on the SCDNR website. This closure effects all public and private lands included within the areas described below.

Waccamaw Drainage

In Horry County: West side boundary -- beginning at the North Carolina line on SC 905; thence down SC 905 to the intersection with US 701; thence south on US 701 to the Georgetown County line. East side boundary -- beginning at the N.C. line on US 17, thence down US 17 to the Georgetown County line.

In Georgetown County: West side boundary -- beginning at the Horry County line on US 701; thence south to US 17 in Georgetown. East side boundary - beginning at the Horry County line on US 17; thence south on US 17 to US 701 in Georgetown.

Great Pee Dee And Little Pee Dee River Drainages

In Darlington County: Beginning on US Hwy 401/15 (N Main St) at the Great Pee Dee River; thence southwest to Society Hill; thence south on State Road 133 (Church St/Society Hill Rd) to the junction of SC Hwy 34 in Darlington; thence east on SC Hwy 34 (Cashua Ferry Rd) to the intersection of State Road 173 (Pocket Rd); thence east on Pocket Rd to the Florence County line.

In Florence County: Beginning at the Darlington County line on State Road 173 (Pocket Rd) east to N Williston Rd (SC Hwy 327); thence south on N Williston Rd to US Hwy 301 (E Palmetto St); thence east on US Hwy 301 to Paper Mill Rd; thence south on Paper Mill Rd to Old River Rd (State Rd 57); thence south on Old River Rd to US Hwy 378 (including all of Pee Dee Station WMA); thence northeast on US Hwy 378/SC 41 to the Marion County line.

In Marion County: The entirety of the county.

In Dillon County: All areas southwest of SC Hwy 38

In Horry County: West side boundary -- beginning at US Hwy 378 at the Little Pee Dee River; thence south along the county line and Little Pee Dee River to the confluence of the Great Pee Dee River; thence southeast along the Great Pee Dee River to US Hwy 701. East side boundary – beginning at the Georgetown County line at the Great Pee Dee River on US Hwy 701; thence north on US Hwy 701 to State Road 24 (Pee Dee Hwy.); thence north on State Road 24 (Pee Dee Hwy.) to US Hwy 378; thence to the Little Pee Dee River.

In Georgetown County: West side boundary -- beginning at the Great Pee Dee River at the Williamsburg County line, thence west along State Road 5 (County Line Road) to the intersection with Old Pee Dee Road (State Roads 14, 55, and 36), thence south and east along Old Pee Dee Road to Brourton Rd, thence southeast on Brourton Rd to Carvers Bay Rd, thence northeast on Carvers Bay Rd to Old Pee Dee Rd, thence southeast on Old Pee Dee Rd to the intersection with US Hwy. 701. Eastside boundary -- beginning at the intersection of State Road 36 (Old Pee Dee Road) and US Hwy. 701, thence northeast to the Great Pee Dee River, thence northwest along the Great Pee Dee River to State Road 5 (County Line Road).

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Editor's Note: This press release is courtesy of the SCDNR.

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