Skip to Main Content Skip to Main Navigation
Join the Griffin's Guide HUNTING newsletter

Get weekly news, tips and photos from the world of hunting.
[contact-form-7 id="35884" title="GG Email"]
No Thanks!

Privilege Fees

Brought to you by:

* Licensee must have the stamp or tag in possession before using this privilege. Fish tags must be secured to the non-game fishing device. Federal Duck Stamps must be signed across the face and in the licensee’s possession while hunting.

** Hunter education certification is required for anyone born after June 30, 1979. See Licenses Recreational Hunting & Fishing.

South Carolina DNR

Privilege Fees July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016

Privilege Type

Duration

Residents

Non Residents

Notes, Prerequisites

(additional information on Licenses Recreational Hunting & Fishing)

Fishing Privileges—Freshwater; More Information on Freshwater Game Fishing Regulations.

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, See Nongame Device Limits by Location. Expires June 30, 2016.

Non-Game Freshwater Fishing Privileges; More Information on Nongame Fishing Regulations, Methods & Devices and Nongame Device Limits by Location.

(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, 2016.

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, 2016.

Eel Pot Tag*

Annual

5.00

50.00

Recreational limit 2 pots per licensee.
Reporting Requirements apply. Expires June 30, 2016.

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, 2016.

Hoop Net Tag*

Annual

10.00

50.00

Commercial license required. Expires June 30, 2016.

Trap Tag*

Annual

5.00

50.00

Recreational limit 2 traps per licensee. Expires June 30, 2016.

Trotline Tag*

Annual

2.50

50.00

Recreational limit is 1 trotline with a maximum 50 hooks. Expires June 30, 2016.

Fishing Privileges—Saltwater; More Information on General Information.

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, see Applications.

Saltwater Public Fishing Pier

Annual

150.00

100 feet or less in length, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2016.

Annual

350.00

More than 100 feet in length, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2016.

Saltwater Charter Fishing Vessel

Annual

150.00

6 or fewer paying passengers, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2016.

Annual

250.00

7-49 paying passengers, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2016.

Annual

350.00

50 or more paying passengers, license has
reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2016.

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**; More Information on Licenses Recreational Hunting & Fishing.

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

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. See Licenses Recreational Hunting & Fishing for other requirements.

Big Game Permit

3 Year

18.00

n/a

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

Annual

6.00

100.00

Required to hunt bear, deer or turkey, hunting license 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, 2016.

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, 2016.

Individual Antlerless Deer Tags*

Season

5.00

Maximum 4 tags per hunter, hunting license and big game permit required, season dates apply, see Applications.

Bear Tag —
Mtns/Game Zone 1 only

(see Alligator & Bear for coastal bear draw hunt)

Season

25.00

100.00

Required to take a bear in addition to the required hunting license and big game permit season dates apply, see Applications. 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, 2016.

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

26.00

Season dates apply, State Migratory Waterfowl Permit required to use in SC, 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, 2016.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

Return to the eregulations.com home page
Brought to you by:
Conservation Partner Advertisements: The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources allows appropriate advertising in its annual regulation guides in print and online, in order to defray or eliminate expenses to the state, and support enhanced communications with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Constituents. Through a unique partnership with J.F.Griffin Publishing, LLC & eRegulations.com, ‘Conservation Partners’ have been established that pay for advertising in support of the regulations both in print and online. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources neither endorses products or services listed or claims made; nor accepts any liability arising from the use of products or services listed. Advertisers interested in the Conservation Partners program should contact J.F.Griffin/eRegulations.com directly at 413-884-1001,
JF Griffin Media
J.F. Griffin Media reaches 9,000,000 sportsmen every year through our print and digital publications. We produce 30 hunting and fishing regulation guides for 15 state agencies. For advertising information, please visit: www.jfgriffin.com