Hunting Island Long Board Buckle Hunting Island is a 5000 acre secluded semitropical barrier island located 15 miles east of Beaufort South Carolina , between Harbor Island and Fripp Island. Hunting Island is a part of the Ace basin estuarine reserve area . Known for its natural environment , the island remains one of the few remaining undeveloped Sea Islands on the eastern seaboard . Hunting island served as hunting preserves for Low Country planters and elite in the 19th and early 20 th centuries . Hunting Island is now a South Carolina State Park.