SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - The SC Department of Natural Resources will be using an online application system for public hunts that are conducted on a lottery basis.
SCDNR will accept online applications for deer lottery hunts on public lands beginning July 1 and ending August 15. Applicants will only be able to apply and pay online. Paper applications will no longer be available.
Applicants: Be sure to have your DNR Customer ID number ready when preparing to apply.
Applicants will find a "non-draw" option on the application that will allow them to apply and acquire a preference point, but they will not be considered for selection. This is to benefit those who know that they will not be available for the hunts in the current year but want to maintain their preference history and be considered for selection the following year.
Third, the Resident Temporary Wildlife Management Area Permit that has been offered to all lottery hunters will now only be offered for the half-day hunts (waterfowl and turkey). Those who apply and are selected for the other hunts must possess a regular Wildlife Management Permit at the time they hunt.
The Wildlife Management Area Permit is included in the Sportsman License, Junior Sportsman License and Gratis- over 64 License. A Wildlife Management Area Permit is not required of anyone under the age of 16.
The online application will be available at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/hunting/drawhunts.html.