A map and history of the ACE Basin is available from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources at 843-844-8957 or online at www.dnr.sc.gov. It shows most of the available boat and canoe or kayak landings, as well as the WMAs, national wildlife refuges and many private plantations.
A few of the more popular landings and hunting areas convenient to them are as follows: Sugar Hill, Cuckold’s Creek, and Steel Bridge Highway 17 serve the length of the Combahee River, with access to the Combahee National Wildlife Refuge. Be careful not to enter the Hobnoy Plantation, even by water, since it is part of a King’s Grant that allows exclusive use. The Steel Bridge landing accesses either the middle Combahee or lower, brackish portion of the river.
Wimbee Creek allows access to the Wimbee Creek and Williman islands areas. Fields Creek enters the brackish, tidal water with spots along the river edges and up the Chehaw River.
The Highway 303 canoe launch and Joe’s Fish Camp offer good jump-shooting or drift hunts as well as many spots along the bank.
On the Ashepoo River, Brickyard Landing and Bennett’s Point Landing are popular landings near Bear Island WMA where draw hunts are held. A check of the SCDNR draw-hunt schedule will put you there when draw hunts are held that get the birds moving.
Willtown Bluff Landing and Dawhoo Landing on the Edisto River allow access to the waters between Bear Island WMA and the larger Edisto National Wildlife Refuge, two areas of waterfowl concentrations. A special, free National Wildlife Refuge hunting permit is required for hunting both refuges in the ACE Basin. Call 843-889-3084 for permit information.
In all public areas in the ACE Basin, hunters are restricted from walking above the mean, high-water line. “That basically means you can’t get out of the boat to hunt ducks in the ACE Basin,” said Dean Harrigal, an SCDNR biologist. “Not only will the pluff mud suck you in, if you try to stand in the inter-tidal zone where it would be legal, but you are liable to get a ticket or even get shot at for standing on one of the dikes separating public navigable water from private plantations.”