The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) continues to monitor the lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew and the ongoing flooding occurring in the drainages of the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Rivers. The high floodwaters in these areas created adverse effects on wildlife, displacing the animals from their typical ranges and habitats.
Fortunately for wildlife in these areas and the people affected by the floods, river levels are dropping and floodwaters are receding. The temporary closure of the Waccamaw River area will end at midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 25 as originally scheduled so that hunting may resume on Wednesday.
Due to river levels dropping faster than initially predicted, the temporary closure of the Little and Great Pee Dee Rivers that was originally set to expire at midnight on Saturday, Oct. 29 will now expire at midnight on Thursday, Oct. 27, allowing hunting to resume in these portions of Marion, Georgetown and Horry Counties beginning Friday, Oct. 28.
The following WMAs have also been reopened:
Bear Island WMA
Edisto River WMA
Hamilton Ridge WMA
On Thursday, 10/27, the Botany Bay WMA will reopen, but beach access will remain closed indefinitely.
The following WMAs remain closed until further notice:
Santee Cooper WMA
Little Pee Dee Heritage Preserve
Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve