Hunting , Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests
N 34°4.435' W 81°7.429'
The Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests provide over a half million acres of public hunting lands in South Carolina. Habitat for small game (dove, quail, squirrel, opossum, fox, raccoon, rabbit), and large game (deer and wild turkey) can be found throughout the Forests thanks to forest management practices and 60 years of cooperative wildlife management with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Hunters can select the kind of outdoor experience they would like while hunting the national forests in South Carolina. The Francis Marion National Forest in the lowcountry is a mix of swamps, Carolina bays and dry sand forests of longleaf and loblolly pine. The effects of hurricane Hugo on wildlife habitat are still evident providing dense cover for deer and rabbits. In some areas of the Forest feral hogs provide hunting opportunities. There is no bag limit on feral hogs. The Enoree and Long Cane districts of the Sumter National Forest provide a wide variety of habitats in the pine woods of the rolling hills of central South Carolina. Private agricultural land and mast producing hardwoods dot the landscape creating a good combination of food and cover for squirrel, deer, wild turkey, rabbit, quail and woodcock. The Andrew Pickens district is in the mountains of South Carolina. The terrain is rugged and hardwoods dominate the forest with hemlock and several species of pine adding variety to the landscape. While not as productive as other parts of the State, this area provides the most challenging hunting experiences in South Carolina. This is one of the few places in the State where bear hunting is permitted. Also ruffed grouse can be found in preferred habitats at the higher elevations. All four districts are all laced with streams and rivers providing opportunities for duck hunting, especially for wood duck. Woodcock can also be found on all four districts in habitats with moist soil conditions (regeneration areas and along streams and wetlands). The Francis Marion with over 75,000 acres in wetland habitats provides the most opportunities to find woodcock and waterfowl. There are many special events associated with hunting on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest. We annually provide special waterfowl hunts, youth dove hunts and hunts for individuals that are mobility impaired. There is an application process for mobility impaired and special waterfowl hunts so please contact us for information on details. Consult the rules and regulations for hunting and fishing in South Carolina. They are published annually and are available from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. If you're staying overnight, check out the recreational areas available on the forests. Camping is allowed in designated sites only.