Applications for deer lottery hunts this fall will be available from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources until Friday, Aug. 21, with applications for waterfowl and quail hunts becoming available in mid-September and turkey hunts in January 2016.

Hunters wishing to try and get a spot in one of these special hunts can apply online at Applicants will only be able to apply and pay online, with paper applications no longer available. Preference points that have previously been accumulated will be applied to this year’s hunts.

Applicants will be able to select a "non-draw" option that will allow you to apply and acquire a preference point, but you will not be considered for selection. This will 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 in 2016.

The resident temporary Wildlife Management Area permit that has been offered to all lottery hunters in the past will now only be offered for the half-day waterfowl and turkey hunts. Those who apply and are selected for the other hunts must possess a regular Wildlife Management Permit at the time they hunt. Remember that 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.

SCDNR will only notify the primary applicant by email of the lottery results. If successful, team members will be listed and selected, and primary applicants will receive hunt instructions. For more information call Patty Castine at 803-734-3609.