Frequently Asked Questions

Effective deer season 2017, all harvested deer in South Carolina are required to be tagged at the point of kill.

Deer tags WILL NOT be available over the counter at point-of-sales vendors (Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods; etc.). They will be available over the counter at SCDNR offices located in Charleston, Clemson, Columbia (downtown and Farmers Market), Florence, and York after Aug. 7. Tags may be purchased by phone after July 1 at 1-866-714-3611 or online at: http://dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html. Tags will not be mailed until early August.

Resident hunters who have active licenses/big game permits when deer season begins will automatically receive their base sets of tags about Aug. 1. Residents whose licenses/big game permits expire before deer season begins should renew their licenses/big game permits at least 7-10 days prior to the start of deer season to ensure their deer tags arrive in time via mail. 2017-2018 Deer Tag Regulations Brochure (PDF - file size 3M)


Deer Quota Program



Facebook Live Video with Charles Ruth and Jay Cantrell: 2017 Deer Tag Changes

Facebook Live with Charles Ruth and Jay Cantrell: 2017 Deer Tag Changes