SC Hunting License

What kind of License do I need?

License Types and Prices The type of license you need depends on the type of activities you participate in and whether you are a resident or non-resident of South Carolina. The following questions can help determine what licenses you need.

The answers to these questions will help you determine what licenses are required. We offer a variety of licenses, both resident and nonresident to include temporary, annual and 3 year privileges for hunting and fishing. There are SC resident combination and sportsman licenses that offer both hunting and fishing privileges together. Small game requires a hunting license only but if you are hunting deer, bear or turkey, a hunting license, big game permit and additional tags are required. Additional tags or permits are required for commercial fur trapping, nongame fish devices, shrimp baiting, migratory birds, deer, bear, turkey and alligator. A lottery is required for alligator and coastal bear tags. For SC residents age 64 and older we offer a lifetime license at a discounted rate.

All persons born after June 30, 1979 are required to complete a Hunter Education Course to purchase a hunting license. For information concerning Hunter Education please call 800-277-4301.

Hunting

The information contained on this web page is provided as summary information. The specific laws governing Hunting and Fishing may be found in Title 50 SC Code.

Species Basic Licenses Needed
Alligator
Alligator

American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis

Alligator hunting is a Lottery Hunt process no open season.

  • Hunting License
  • Application Fee $10 - Lottery Hunts Only
  • Permit Fee (If Selected)

Possible other license / permit needed:

  • Nonresidents have to pay a $200 nonresident alligator hunting fee in addition to any other permit and license fees.

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Black Bear
Bear
Black Bear - Ursus americanus
  • Hunting License
  • Big Game Permit
  • Bear Tag (Draw Hunt Only in coastal region)

Possible other license / permit needed:

  • WMA Permit

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Woodduck
Coyote
Coyote- Canis latrans
  • Hunting License

Possible other license / permit needed:

  • WMA Permit

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White tail deer
Deer
White-tailed Deer - Odocoileus virginianus
  • Hunting License
  • Big Game Permit

Possible other license / permit needed:

  • WMA Permit
  • Antlerless Deer Tag

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Dove
Dove - (Migratory Bird)
Dove (Migratory Bird)- Information on Dove Species
  • Hunting License
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) Permit

Possible other license / permit needed:

  • WMA Permit

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Feral Hog
Feral Hogs
Feral Hogs - Information on Feral Hogs
  • Hunting License

Possible other license / permit needed:

  • WMA Permit

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Canada Goose
Waterfowl -
(Migratory Bird)
Waterfowl (Migratory Bird) - Information on Waterfowl
  • Hunting License
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) Permit
  • SC Migratory Waterfowl Permit
  • Federal Waterfowl Stamp

Possible other license / permit needed:

  • WMA Permit

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Small game
Small Game
Small Game
  • Hunting License

Possible other license / permit needed:

  • WMA Permit

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Wild turkey - photography by Joe Blake
Turkey
Eastern Wild Turkey - Meleagris gallopavo
  • Hunting License
  • Big Game Permit
  • Turkey Tags

Possible other license / permit needed:

  • WMA Permit

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Customer Service

Need assistance with your license purchase? Contact customer service by phone at
1-866-714-3611 or by email at licensing@dnr.sc.gov. Customer service is available Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, except holidays.