SCDNR Education & Outreach Programs
South Carolina Hunting & Fishing
All residents and nonresidents born after June 30, 1979, must complete a hunter education course approved by SCDNR before a hunting license can be obtained. SCDNR accepts hunter education certifications issued by other states in the United States and Canadian provinces. If you have a certification from another state, your certification meets the hunter education requirement in SC. If you have a question about your certification, please contact the Hunter Education Office at 1-800-277-4301. The hunter education certificate is not a hunting license.
SCDNR offers two (2) options to take the Hunter Education Course.
1. In a classroom
The preferred Hunter Education method is through a free eight (8) hour instructor-led classroom. Classes maybe offered in a one day class or split over two nights. Students learn about hunting ethics, firearms safety, and the principles of conservation and wildlife management. All classes end with a test to pass the course.
2. On the Internet—The third party vendor (Hunter-Ed.com) who provides this online course charges $19.50 to take the course. After completing the course by passing and paying the course fee, you may instantly print out your South Carolina Temporary Hunter Education Certificate, which is valid for 30 days. You should receive your permanent certificate by mail in 2-3 weeks.
Hunter-Ed offers daily (including weekend) live customer service via email or telephone with a toll-free number. Today’s Hunter online course is the only approved internet course for South Carolina. www.dnr.sc.gov/education/hunted.html
Boaters under age 16 are required by law to pass an approved boater education course before operating a personal watercraft (jet ski) or a boat powered by a 15 h.p. motor or larger unless accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.
South Carolina boaters can take a boating safety and education course two ways.
1. In a classroom
Share the learning experience with other boaters and a qualified instructor.
2. On the internet
For more information on all boating courses, call SCDNR at 1-800-277-4301 or visit www.dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.
If you are under age 21 and plan to go boating in another state, check that state’s operator requirements. The SC Basic Boating Course is approved and recognized by all states requiring courses. The boater education certificate is not a boating license.
The bowhunter education program provides bowhunters with the fundamentals of safe bowhunting, an appreciation and respect for the environment in which they hunt, and a desire to maintain the highest standards of the sport. Several times a year, SCDNR and Bowhunters of South Carolina conduct bowhunter education classes. To register for a bowhunter education course, please visit the SCDNR Hunter Education homepage at www.dnr.sc.gov/education/hunted or call 1-800-277-4301.
The SCDNR also offers an online version of the course that is approved by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation. This course can be found at www.bowhunter-ed.com/southcarolina/
The Trapper Education course includes discussions on furbearer biology, history of the fur trade, wildlife management principles, fur harvest regulations and ethical conduct. Basic hands-on trapping techniques will also be presented. Qualified instructors with the SC Trappers Association will discuss and demonstrate responsible trapping techniques.
For information, contact the Furbearer project at 803-734-3609.
Take One Make OneTM
The Take One Make One program is an outdoor education and mentoring program for first time youth hunters who have never had the opportunity to hunt before. We take youth on that first hunt and teach them values that last a lifetime. Youth ages 10-17, experience that first hunt in a safe and ethical manner with an SCDNR mentor. Youth have the opportunity to participate in hunts, conservation camps, hunting clinics, shooting sports activities and other TOMO events until they graduate the program. Youth must first complete the SC Hunter Education Safety course as a part of the required application process. There are no registration costs to join. Applications are available by visiting our website at www.dnr.sc.gov/education/tomo. If you would like more information you can check us out on Facebook at SCDNR Take One Make One or call us at 1-800-277-4301.
Youth Bass Fishing Club
Calling all middle and high schools! SCDNR, The Bass Federation, and B.A.S.S. have teamed up to help bring youth bass fishing clubs to schools around the state. Students can establish school bass fishing clubs to compete for prizes, scholarships and more on a club, state and national level. Get outdoors, relax, have fun and make friends by fishing for your school! To learn more about the Youth Bass Fishing Clubs, visit www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed, call 803-737-8483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archery in the Schools Program
The SC Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is designed to reach all students in grades 4th-12th whether rural, urban, or special needs. SC NASP is strictly target archery for schools which must be taught in school during the day as part of the school curriculum. Core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement. Before presenting the 10 hour archery curriculum , teachers undergo an 8-hour Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training program. SC NASP offers regional and state archery tournaments for Schools wishing to form an archery team as part of their in school program. For the 2017 season SC NASP awarded $34,000 in scholarships to competing graduating Seniors.
You can learn more about the SC Archery in the Schools program by contacting the SC NASP coordinator, Sgt Charlotte Mayhugh Mckee, at 1-800-277-4301 or e-mailing her at MayhughC@dnr.sc.gov.
For more information about archery,
go to www.dnr.sc.gov/education/archery and Facebook SC Archery in the Schools
SC Scholastic Clay Target Sports
SCDNR Scholastic Clay Target Sports is a team-based youth development program that uses the shotgun sports of trap, skeet, and sporting clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, self-confidence and other life values. For more information on this program, please call 1-800-277-4301 or email Sgt Scott Stephens at StephensM@dnr.sc.gov or www.dnr.sc.gov/education/SCTS
Aquatic Education programs are designed to teach about fish, aquatic ecosystems, and the sport of fishing. Youth can try their hand at fishing with their parents at a Family Fishing Clinic. Avid anglers can become Certified SCDNR Fishing Instructors and share the love of fishing by leading Family Fishing Clinics. For more information on these programs, call 803-737-8483 or visit www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed.
Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources formally entered into the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact (IWVC) with 38 other member states on July 1, 2012. As a compact member South Carolina has agreed to treat nonresidents from member states as if they were residents for purposes of hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife violations. However, the compact does not cover boating violations. If a nonresident from a member state violates a wildlife law in South Carolina, DNR officers can now serve a courtesy summons under the terms of the compact rather than arresting the individual, or requesting a cash bond. Likewise, South Carolina residents will be treated the same way in other member states. Residents from member states are granted a courtesy summons based on the understanding that they will comply with the terms of the summons. If a resident from a member state fails to comply with the terms of a courtesy summons issued by another member state they will be suspended by their home state and that suspension will be recognized by all other member states.
As a member of the IWVC, South Carolina will share nonresident violation information with other member states. This means that illegal activities in one member state can affect the privileges of the individual in all member states. South Carolina will now recognize the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges from other member states. A person who is under hunting, fishing, or trapping suspension in South Carolina will be prohibited from obtaining licenses in other member states, and South Carolina will deny licenses to nonresident individuals from member states who have had hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges suspended by that state. South Carolina will recognize the suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges of member states as if the suspension had occurred in South Carolina.