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Deer tags will be hitting your mailbox soon!

July 27, 2022

two deer with large antlers standing side by side

South Carolina deer hunters keep an eye on your mailbox, deer tags should be arriving soon!

Deer hunters who have an annual or three-year hunting license and big game permit, combination license or sportsman license, which will be valid on August 15 should automatically receive a base set of deer tags.

Additionally, lifetime, senior, gratis, disability and Catawba license holders that previously requested deer tags will continue to automatically receive a free base set of tags this year, and into the future. These license type holders who did not automatically receive tags last year must request them to be added to the automatic fulfillment list.

Youth license holders must still request their free base set of tags each year.

Keep in mind, around 200,000 sets of tags are being printed and mailed. To allow adequate time for tags to reach you, please wait until at least August 10 before inquiring with licensing at 803-734-3833 about the status of your tags.

Deer tags will also be available over-the-counter beginning Monday, August 8 at SCDNR offices located in Charleston, Clemson, West Columbia (Farmers Market), Florence, Aynor and York. For contact information, visit:

To check hunting license status or privileges, visit:

For additional harvest opportunities, additional antlerless tags or antler-restricted buck tags can be purchased at Please allow 7-10 days for tags to arrive in the mail.

There are no significant changes to tags or the tagging system from last year. Please remember that ALL deer in South Carolina must be immediately tagged before moving from the point of kill.