A four-day hunting season closure will be in effect for select counties in South Carolina starting at 12 a.m. on Oct. 8 due to flooding.
Due to unprecedented statewide flooding, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has declared a temporary suspension of hunting season within five coastal plain drainage systems.
Stemming from the concerns of numerous concerned sportsmen, the closure will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 11.
Given the conditions, there is potential for exploitation of game species that are deprived of their normal escape routes and confined to small areas of high ground.
Hunting season will remain open for alligator, doves, hogs, and coyotes.
South Carolina's DNR will continue to monitor flooded areas to adjust the closure zones and time frames as conditions change.
Affected drainage areas/counties include:
Wateree-Congaree Drainage: Select areas in Calhoun, Kershaw, Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties.
Santee Drainage: Select areas in Berkeley, Charleston Georgetown, Williamsburg and Claredon counties.
Waccamaw Drainage: Select areas in Horry and Georgetown counties.
Black River Drainage System: Select areas in Williamsburg and Georgetown counties.
Edisto Drainage: Select areas in Orangeburg, Bamberg, Colleton, Dorchester and Charleston counties.
To stay up-to-date on the hunting season closure and for a complete list of affected areas, visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website.