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Potato Creek Hatchery — Manning, South Carolina

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Potato Creek Hatchery

Potato Creek Hatchery off Lake Marion in Clarendon County is a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Category II Waterfowl Management Area. The state manages two types of waterfowl areas, known as Category I and Category II. Category I areas are intensively managed, high-quality habitat, and permission to hunt in these places is granted solely through a computer draw. Category II sites, such as Potato Creek Hatchery, are less-intensively maintained and are of a lower quality habitat. People may hunt here during the regular waterfowl season on a first-come, first-served basis on designated days.

Potato Creek Hatchery

Chris Walsh of Manning, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Potato Creek Hatchery is one of the state’s top three Category II producers in terms of duck harvest numbers, though the manpower to report harvests accurately is not as readily available as it is for Category I harvests. Wood ducks account for 45 to 50 percent of all duck harvests in South Carolina, with mallards coming in second at around 16 percent. Other harvested waterfowl species include ringnecks, blue-winged and green-winged teal, gadwalls, American widgeon, black ducks, pintails, mottled ducks, and mergansers.

Potato Creek Hatchery Info

Address: Secondary Road 260, Manning, SC 29102
GPS Coordinates: 33.53313,-80.27023

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2 Comments about Potato Creek Hatchery

SC Picture Project says:
December 8th, 2018 at 11:47 am

This information was located on the SCDNR’s website:

“Fri. and Sat. Only

Closed to all hunting and fishing one week prior to and two weeks after the waterfowl season. All hunters must enter and leave this area at the designated public landing on secondary road 260. Completion and submission of data card is required. No airboats are allowed and no hunting from secondary road 260.”

However, it does sound like pre-registration of some sort is required so we recommend reaching out the contact they have listed:

Technology Department
1000 Assembly Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Benson Atkinson says:
December 8th, 2018 at 9:08 am

What are the designated hunt days?

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