The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources provides area maps of regions of the state that identify agency-owned and managed Wildlife Management Areas. The Wildlife Management Area Program (WMA) began in 1948 with an agreement between the US Forest Service and SCDNR to manage 60,000 acres of the Francis Marion National Forest. The US Forest Service Land is still the backbone of the Wildlife Management Area Program with 629,906 acres available for public use.

Today, over 1.1 million acres in the WMA Program are open for public recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and nature study. They include DNR-owned properties and lands leased from the US Forest Service, other state agencies, utility companies, several local governments, timber management and investment corporations and private landowners.

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