What’s New for 2017–2018, Changes in Law

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What’s New—Hunting


Night Hunting for Feral Hogs, Coyotes, and Armadillos

Sponsor: Sen. Campsen

Act 88

Effective 5/19/17

This law changes the night hunting provisions related to hunting feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos, and allows the use of any firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow to hunt feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos at night so long as the property is registered annually with SCDNR. It is now unlawful to hunt feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos at night on properties that are not registered, except with a valid SCDNR depredation permit. This law also prohibits hunting feral hogs, coyotes, and armadillos at night with a firearm within 300 yards of a residence without permission of the occupant. The yardage restriction does not apply to the landowner hunting on their own land, or pursuant to a valid SCDNR depredation permit.

H. 3601

Bear Hunting Game Zones 2, 3, & 4

Sponsor: Rep. Clemmons

Act 71

Effective 05/19/17

This law removes the requirement for SCDNR to conduct a lottery draw to select hunters who will receive bear tags for Game Zones 2, 3, & 4. Bear tags may now be purchased by anyone to hunt bear in these Game Zones. The Department will establish a bear season, and a quota of bears that may be taken. When the quota of bears is taken for that season, the season will be closed once the department gives 24 hours’ public notice. These changes do not effect bear hunting in Game Zone 1.

What’s New – Saltwater Fishing

H. 3665

Flounder Size and Catch Limits

Sponsor: Hixon

Act 72

Effective 05/19/17

This law changes existing flounder size and creel limits. It makes it unlawful for a person to take a flounder less than 15” total length; and changes the creel limit for flounder taken by means of gig, spear, hook and line, or similar device in any one day to not more than 10 per person, not to exceed 20 per boat.v

SCDNR Diversity Outreach Program

Our work involves educational initiatives that will enable all of South Carolina’s residents and visitors to fully enjoy and appreciate the outdoors in a safe and responsible way.

The SCDNR Diversity Outreach Program seeks to increase outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone in South Carolina through programs geared toward the Hispanic and African American communities across the state. Contact us to learn more about the programs of SCDNR and the natural resources of the state.

For general information in Spanish about rules, regulations and licensing, please visit www.dnr.sc.gov/spanish, send an e-mail to informacion@dnr.sc.gov or call us at 803-734-9885.


Published July 2017

Property-specific regulations outlined in this booklet could change due to the need for emergency regulations. Such changes will be publicized in local newspapers and on the SCDNR website as any new emergency legislation is passed. Discrepancies between the book and any statute or regulation shall be governed by the statute or regulation. To research laws, visit http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.php. The SCDNR News Section will issue news releases to clarify any changes to regulations, errors or omissions in this booklet.

Other information is published only in SCDNR news releases. This includes announcements relative to shrimp baiting, public hearings, SCDNR Board decisions and position statements, new legislation, youth activities, mobility impaired US Dept. of Agriculture cost-share programs, special drawing hunts, schedules for newly acquired areas and many other items of interest. SCDNR news releases are published weekly and distributed free to editors of all regional and local newspapers and are available to the public on the SCDNR website.