Hunting season put on pause in the Pee Dee
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Because of the extreme high river level and widespread flooding following Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources 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 a.m. Wednesday, a 10-day closure of the hunting season for all game species excluding alligator, dove, hogs and coyotes will be in effect. The closure will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 28.
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.
>> Darlington County – Beginning on U.S. 401/U.S. 15 at the Great Pee Dee River, then southwest to Society Hill, then south on S.C. 133 to the junction of S.C. 34 in Darlington, then east on S.C. 34 to the intersection of S.C. 173 (Pocket Road), then east to the Florence County line.
>> Florence County – Beginning at the Darlington County line on S.C. 173 (Pocket Road) east to North Williston Road (S.C. 327), then south to U.S. 301 (East Palmetto Street), then east to Paper Mill Road, then south to Old River Road, then south to U.S. 378, then northeast to the Marion County line.
>> Marion County – The entire county.
>> Dillon County – All areas southwest of S.C. 38.