Bear Hunting - 2016-2017

Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

It is unlawful to buy, sell, barter or exchange a bear or bear part or attempt to buy, sell, barter or exchange a bear or bear parts. Transportation of a freshly killed bear or bear part is unlawful except during the bear season. Any person violating these offenses must be fined not more than $2,500 or imprisoned for not more than 2 years, or both, and hunting and fishing privileges will be suspended for 3 years. It is unlawful to feed bears or to hunt bears by the aid of bait (50-11-430, 50-11-440, 50-1-130, 50-1-125).

Downloadable files and applications below are in PDF format.

Mountain Bear Season (Game Zone 1)

For the privilege of taking bear, in addition to the required hunting license and big game permit, a hunter must obtain a bear tag issued in his/her name at a cost of $25 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. Youth under the age of 16 are required to obtain a youth bear tag from the department at no cost. Bear tags are available over the counter at DNR offices in Charleston, Clemson, Columbia, Florence, and York. Tags can be ordered by telephone at 1-866-714-3611, online or by online application.

The possession and use of bear tags is limited to the individual to whom it was issued. Tags must be attached to the bear before being moved from the point of kill.

Participants in party dog hunts for bear must register by application by September 1 with the SCDNR. 25 members maximum per party and hunters must provide their hunting license number to register. Write: SCDNR Bear Registration Permit, 311 Natural Resources Dr. Clemson, SC 29631.

Coastal Bear (Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties)

Bear hunting laws and regulations have recently changed. Updates to this information will be coming soon.

Bear Seasons on Private Lands (Game Zone 1 ONLY)

Still Hunt (No Dogs):
Season Dates: October 17 - 23
Limit: 1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.

Party Dog Hunts:
Season Dates: October 24 - 30
Limit: 5 bears per party; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.

The above Bear Hunting Regulations are available as a downloadable PDF.