Corps Opening Hunting Areas

The Hartwell Lake Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open 15 of its larger recreation areas to archery and small game hunters during the regular 2013-2014 state hunting season.

That includes the Jenkins Ferry Park in Stephens County, along with the Martin Creek and Choestoea Parks in Oconee County, South Carolina and the Paynes Creek Park, New Prospect Park, and Hartwell Dam Quarry Area in Hart County.

Corps officials said that hunting regulations, license requirements, and seasons set by the Georgia and South Carolina Departments of Natural Resources, will apply.

Also, Corps property included within a state Wildlife Management Area falls under the state regulations for that specific WMA.

Information on those regulations is available from state wildlife offices.

According to the Corps, small game hunting will be allowed in all of the areas, but only after deer and turkey season closes.

The Corps did say hunting for small game is restricted to shotgun only with No. 4 shot or smaller, while hunting for deer and turkey is restricted to archery equipment only.

In addition, the Corps said that the Hartwell Dam Quarry Area is restricted to archery equipment only and a permit is required, which is available at no cost from the Corps’ Hartwell Lake Office.

For additional information & permits, call the Hartwell Lake Project Office toll free at 1-888-893-0678, ext. 335, or 706-856-0335.