Migratory Bird - Licensing and Permits
What is the Migratory Bird Permit?
Each year, before hunting migratory game birds, including doves and waterfowl, hunters 16 years of age and older are required to obtain a Migratory Bird Permit. Hunters are asked to complete a short survey, also known as the Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey, about migratory game bird hunting in SC for the previous year. The survey is part of the license sales process when a hunting privilege is included. A HIP certification from another state is not valid in SC and hunters are required to register for HIP in each state they hunt migratory game birds. Hunters 64 years of age or older who hold a lifetime hunting, lifetime combination, senior, gratis or Catawba license are not required to obtain a migratory bird permit.
A waterfowl hunter 16 years of age or older must carry:
- A valid South Carolina Annual Migratory Waterfowl Permit ($5.50) or Lifetime Migratory Waterfowl Permit ($110) endorsement on their license;
- A valid federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ($25);
- A valid South Carolina Migratory Bird Permit (No Cost) endorsement on their license;
- A valid South Carolina Hunting License;
- A valid South Carolina WMA Permit* if hunting on a Wildlife Management Area.
* The WMA permit is included in the Junior Sportsman, Resident Annual, and 3-Year Sportsman License.
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps
Federal stamps are available at select US Post offices, by calling 1-800-STAMP24 (782-6724) or online at www.fws.gov.