SC Hunting License

What kind of License do I need?

License Types and PricesThe type of License you need depends on the type of activity that you plan to do and if you are a resident of the state of South Carolina. The following questions will help you determine the licenses you need.

How you answer these questions will help determine what type of license is best suited for you. SCDNR offers combination licenses that bundle several licenses together for your convenience. Licenses are available for short time periods such as 7-day, 14-day depending on your residency.

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.

See regulations | Purchase online | Prices

 

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

See regulations | Purchase online | Prices

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 CustomerService@dnr.sc.gov. Customer service is available Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, except holidays.