South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
Latitude: 32.593 Longitude:-80.463
Game Zone: 3
Property Type: WMA Specific
Hours of Operation
The area is open for general public visitation during daylight hours in designated areas from February 9 - October 31. Visitors are required to obtain a day pass upon entry.
NOTE EXCEPTIONS: Bear Island WMA Property CLOSURES for deer hunts:
- Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10(Deer/Archery Hunts)(NO SUNDAY HUNTING)
- Oct 16, 17, 18 (Deer/Gun Hunts)
- Oct 23, 24, 25 (Deer/Gun Hunts)
- Oct 30, 31 and Nov 1 (Deer/Gun Hunts)
Activities / Facilities
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, owned by the SC Department of Natural Resources, is managed to provide quality habitat for wintering waterfowl and other wetland wildlife including threatened and endangered species such as woodstorks and bald eagles; to provide habitat for upland game and nongame species; and to provide recreational opportunities for the hunting and nonhunting public.
Public hunting on the WMA includes waterfowl (by special drawing only), white-tailed deer, mourning dove and small game. The diverse area provides excellent bird watching, attracting waterfowl, bald eagles, wading birds, shorebirds and song birds. Two observation platforms and miles of dikes provide numerous wildlife viewing opportunities.