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Licenses & Privileges Fees

Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

South Carolina DNR

Privilege Fees July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018

Privilege Type

Duration

Residents

Non Residents

Notes, Prerequisites

Fishing Privileges—Freshwater;

Freshwater Fishing License

3 Year

30.00

105.00

Valid 3 years from date of purchase.

Annual

10.00

35.00

Valid 1 year from date of purchase.

14 Day

5.00

11.00

Valid 14 consecutive days.
Commercial Freshwater License

Annual

50.00

1,000.00

Device quantity limits apply in freshwater bodies. Expires June 30, 2018.

Non-Game Freshwater Fishing Privileges;

(A freshwater fishing license or commercial freshwater fishing license is required regardless of age, to use non-game devices)

Jug Permit

Annual

5.00

50.00

1 permit per licensee; allows up to 50 jugs subjective to body of water. Expires June 30, 2018.
Set Hook Permit

Annual

5.00

50.00

1 permit per licensee; allows up to 50 hooks subjective to body of water. Expires June 30, 2018.
Eel Pot Tag*

Annual

5.00

50.00

Recreational limit 2 pots per licensee.
Reporting Requirements apply. Expires June 30, 2018.
Gill Net Tag*
(Not for shad or herring)

Annual

5.00

50.00

Recreational limit 3 nets and no more than a total of 100 yds of net. Expires June 30, 2018.
Hoop Net Tag*

Annual

10.00

50.00

Commercial license required. Expires June 30, 2018. 1 recreational net on the Wateree River, licensee 65 years and older.
Trap Tag*

Annual

5.00

50.00

Recreational limit 2 traps per licensee. Expires June 30, 2018.
Trotline Tag*

Annual

2.50

50.00

Recreational limit is 1 trotline with a maximum 50 hooks. Expires June 30, 2018.

Fishing Privileges—Saltwater;

Saltwater Fishing License

3 Year

30.00

105.00

Valid 3 years from date of purchase.

Annual

10.00

35.00

Valid 1 year from date of purchase.

14 Day

5.00

11.00

Valid 14 consecutive days.
Shrimp Baiting License & Tags*

Season

25.00

500.00

Season dates apply.
Saltwater Public Fishing Pier

Annual

150.00

100 feet or less in length, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2018.

Annual

350.00

More than 100 feet in length, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2018.
Saltwater Charter Fishing Vessel

Annual

150.00

6 or fewer paying passengers, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2018.

Annual

250.00

7-49 paying passengers, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2018.

Annual

350.00

50 or more paying passengers, license has
reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2018.
Commercial Saltwater License and Gear Licenses: SCDNR License Office, P.O. Box 12559 Charleston, SC 29422-2559, 843-953-9301.

Combination Freshwater Fishing & Hunting Privileges**

Combination License

3 Year

75.00

n/a

Includes State Hunting, Big Game & Freshwater Fishing. Valid 3 years from date of purchase.

Annual

25.00

n/a

Includes State Hunting, Big Game & Freshwater Fishing. Valid 1 year from date of purchase.
Junior Sportsman License

Annual

16.00

n/a

Includes State Hunting, Big Game, Wildlife Management Areas & Freshwater Fishing, for applicants 16-17 years of age. Remains valid, regardless of age until expiration. Expires 1 year from date of purchase.
Sportsman License

3 Year

150.00

n/a

Includes State Hunting, Big Game, Wildlife Management Areas & Freshwater Fishing, valid 3 years from date of purchase.

Annual

50.00

n/a

Includes State Hunting, Big Game, Wildlife Management Areas & Freshwater Fishing. Valid 1 year from date of purchase.

Hunting Privileges**;

State Hunting License

3 Year

36.00

n/a

Hunting license, valid 3 years from date of purchase.

Annual

12.00

125.00

Hunting license, valid 1 year from date of purchase.

10 Day

n/a

75.00

Hunting license, valid 10 consecutive days.

3 Day

n/a

40.00

Hunting license, valid 3 consecutive days.
Apprentice License (Small Game Only)

Annual

12.00

125.00

Hunting license applicants born after June 30, 1979, who do not hold a hunter education certification may take this one time exemption from the hunter education certification requirement.
Big Game Permit

3 Year

18.00

n/a

Required to hunt bear, deer or turkey, 3 Year or Lifetime Hunting License and tags required, valid 3 years from date of purchase.

Annual

6.00

100.00

Required to hunt bear, deer or turkey, hunting license and tags required. Valid 1 year from date of purchase.
Wildlife Management Area

3 Year

91.50

n/a

Required to hunt on WMA lands, hunting license or Lifetime Hunting License required. Valid 3 years from date of purchase.

Annual

30.50

76.00

Required to hunt on WMA lands, hunting license required.
Shooting Preserve Permit

Annual

8.50

For hunting specified released species only on licensed shooting preserves. Expires June 30, 2018.
Nonresident Alligator Hunting Fee

Season

n/a

200.00

Required for all nonresidents 16 yrs of age or older who participate in any alligator management program, hunting license required. Must also possess an alligator harvest tag and permit or accompany another person that possesses an alligator tag and permit. Expires June 30, 2018.
Deer Tags*

Season

No Cost

n/a

Required in addition to a hunting license and big game permit to hunt deer. 11 tags total. 8 date specific antlerless deer tags and 3 unrestricted antlered (buck) tags.
Individual Antlerless Deer Tags* (Optional)

Season

5.00

10.00

Maximum 4 tags per hunter, hunting license and big game permit required, season dates apply.
Restricted Antlered (Buck) Deer Tags* (Optional)

Season

5.00

n/a

Maximum 2 tags per hunter, hunting license and big game permit required. Size restriction of 4 pts on one side or 12” inside minimum spread.
Unrestricted Antlered (Buck) Deer Tag*

Season

n/a

50.00

Maximum 1 tag. Must purchase $50.00 tag before additional antlered (buck) tags may be purchased. No size restriction on buck. Hunting license and big game permit required.
Unrestricted Antlered (Buck) Deer Tag*

Season

n/a

20.00

Maximum 1 tag. $50.00 unrestricted antlered tag required before this tag may be purchased. No size restriction on buck. Hunting license and big game permit required.
Restricted Antlered (Buck) Deer Tags*

Season

n/a

20.00

Maximum 2 tags. $50.00 unrestricted tag required before these tags may be purchased. Restrictions of 4 pts on one side or 12” inside minimum spread. Hunting license and big game permit required.
Bear Tag*

Season

25.00

100.00

Required to take a bear in addition to the required hunting license and big game permit season dates apply. Youth 15 years old or younger are required to obtain Youth Tags for bear from SCDNR designated offices at no cost.
Migratory Bird Permit (HIP)

Season

No Cost

Season dates apply, hunting license required.
Expires June 30, 2018.
Migratory Waterfowl Permit
(State Duck Stamp)

Season

5.50

Season dates apply, Migratory Bird Permit required, Federal Duck Stamp required.
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp)*

Season

27.50

Season dates apply, State Migratory Waterfowl Permit required to use in SC. The electronic federal duck stamp is valid for 45 days from date of purchase. Your stamp will be mailed within 45 days. If you do not receive your stamp call 803-734-3833. Price includes $1.50 processing fee for the USFW vendor. Available at select US Post Offices, by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724), online at www.duckstamp.com and SCDNR Offices.
Trapping and Commercial Fur Harvest License

Annual

25.00

200.00

Required to sell or trade furbearers taken during the hunting season, or to trap for sport, sale or trade during the trapping season. Required to possess 6 or more furbearers or their pelts. Hunting license required. License has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2018.
Turkey Tags*

Season

No Cost

No Cost

Required in addition to a hunting license and big game permit. Tags issued in person at SCDNR offices only. Tags can be requested online, through the call center or at a license sales vendor. Tags must be in your possession before hunting turkey.

Where to Buy Hunting & Fishing Privileges

  • Internet – www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase.
  • Toll Free 1-866-714-3611, available 24-hours, 7 days a week.
  • 500 license agents throughout the state, see website for a listing by county.
  • SCDNR offices in Charleston, Clemson, Columbia, Florence, York & SCDNR at the SC State Farmer’s Market