Wild Boar Hunting
TURKEY HUNT Coty Galloway and Rodney Turner with The Road Outdoors TV Show filmed with Bells Marina April 26, 2014.
South Carolina hunters enjoy the longest deer hunting season in the lower 48 states. Deer Season August 15th to Jan. 1st. Deer hunting in SC Trips are limited! Book your hunt today!
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DEER HUNT Coty Galloway and Rodney Turner with The Road Outdoors TV Show filmed with Bells Marina .
Eutawville, South Carolina and Bells Marina are located adjacent to one of South Carolina’s most popular Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). The Santee Cooper Wildlife Management Area.This 2,828 acre area is a diverse example of Upper Coastal Plain wildlife habitat, with a wide range of wildlife species present. The management area is surrounded on three sides by Lake Marion and includes 850 acres of shallow water and cypress flats within the boundary. Two hundred acres of high ground are planted annually for wildlife, with the remaining acreage being in mixed pine-hardwood, bottomland hardwood and regenerated pine stands. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo caused extensive damage too much of the forest, creating habitat changes which will be evident for years. A unique feature of Santee Cooper Wildlife Management Area is the numerous small (1-3) potholes, which are found throughout the area in virtually all habitat types. These wetland are
as contain water all year except for periods of extreme drought.Here is an area map. https://www.dnr.sc.gov/ml_images/docs/santeecoopermap.pdf
It is estimated that more than 100,000 alligators live from the Midlands to the coast of South Carolina and the population is not threatened by the regulated removal of a relatively small number of alligators. Last year, hunters took 394 alligators during the public alligator hunting season, with the average size being nearly nine feet in length.
Alligator Season will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) Sept. 9 and run until 12 p.m. (noon) on Oct. 14.
The deadline to apply was June 15th.
Hunters participating in the Public Alligator Hunting Season may take alligators in public waters and on private land where permission is granted, but alligator hunting is prohibited on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Wildlife Refuges. In addition, public alligator season permits cannot be used on lands enrolled in the Private Lands Alligator Program.
The WMA Alligator Hunt is a special draw hunt, in which the person selected will be permitted to take up to three assistants and have access to either portions of Bear Island WMA or Santee Coastal WMA for one hunt period (Monday at noon to Saturday at noon). There are four available hunt periods during the WMA alligator hunting season. The cost for the WMA Alligator Hunting Permit, if successfully selected in the computerized drawing, is $500 for residents and $800 for nonresidents. There are two available permits for each hunt period on both Bear Island WMA and Santee Coastal WMA, for a total of four hunters (plus assistants) per week, and 16 total available permits per season. All hunters must have a hunting license, WMA permit, and if a nonresident, pay the nonresident alligator hunting fee. In addition, there is the availability of a second WMA tag for an alligator from 4-7 feet in total length. The second WMA tag may be used by anyone in the hunt party provided the person to whom the tag was originally issued is present. The cost for the second WMA tag is $75, in addition to all other fees and must be purchased at the same time as the first tag. The additional WMA tag is only valid during the chosen week for the selected WMA property.
By law, the fees collected are used to support the Alligator Management Program's research and management activities, and for conservation of the American Alligator in South Carolina.
Only alligators four feet or greater in length may be taken and the hunter must tag the animal immediately with a harvest tag provided by the SCDNR for any of the alligator hunting programs. This hunting season does not allow the shooting of unsecured alligators, even on private land. All alligators must be secured using approved equipment and brought boat-side or onto land before they can be dispatched. While others may assist the permitted hunter, all participants (including permittee) must possess a valid South Carolina hunting license. All selected hunters and participants in the WMA Alligator Hunts must also possess a valid South Carolina Wildlife Management Area permit.
In addition to the required state hunting license, application, and permit fees, all nonresident alligator hunters are required to pay an added nonresident alligator hunting fee of $200 before going afield. This fee is valid for participation in any of the alligator hunting programs. The nonresident alligator hunting fee is also required for any nonresident alligator hunting assistants 16 years of age or older.
While the hunters selected for the WMA Alligator Hunt can only hunt on the designated WMA during their designated hunt period, the WMA alligator permit does allow the hunter to hunt alligators in the Alligator Management Unit in which the WMA is located. Thus, WMA permit holders for Santee Coastal Reserve can also hunt in the Middle Coastal Unit and the WMA permit holders for Bear Island can also hunt in the Southern Coastal Alligator Management Unit. However, the optional additional WMA tag for taking an alligator from 4-7 feet in length is only valid during the selected week (Monday to Saturday) and only on the selected WMA.
The SCDNR will closely monitor these hunts and the harvest and regulations may be modified for future seasons. Please check the SCDNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/alligator/index.html for any changes and updates.
Ask about our Hunting Outings Packages for Whitetail Deer, Wild Turkey, Geese, Waterfowl, Wild Hogs, Boar and now even Alligator. Call Gary West for Fishing & Hunting Guide information. 803-492-7924.
Bell’s Marina is a hunter’s paradise with a variety of lodging and camping options available and a fully stocked on site store with everything a hunter or fisherman could need to make ready for a day in the woods or on the lake. Bells Marina is located 45 miles west of historic Charleston, SC. The Santee Cooper lakes are famous across the United States for their world class fishing that has produced world record catches over the years. Many of Bell’s regulars who have come down to Eutawville for the world class fishing experience have been returning for the hunting as well. If you are interested in hunting in South Carolina, Bells Marina in Eutawville, SC offers hunters a variety of opportunity. We're so close to WMA, you'll have time for a hearty southern country style breakfast at our restaurant and be in the woods before sun up.Bell’s Restaurant serves home style meals and carryout and is popular with vacationers, fisherman, hunters and locals here in historic Eutawville, South Carolina. Bells Marina also offers a bath house, pump out facilities, transient docks, slips, launch ramps, boat repairs, marine supplies, shore power, overnight parking, fuel, cleaning stations and picnic facilities.