SC Nonresident Fishing and Hunting License Pricing

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
3 Year Freshwater Fishing License $105.00 Valid for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30 of third year. 3-Year licenses purchased after January 1, 2015 will expire on the third anniversary of the date of issue.
Annual Freshwater Fishing License $35.00 Valid through June 30, 2015. Annual licenses purchased after January 1, 2015 will expire on the anniversary of the date of issue.
14-day Freshwater Fishing License $11.00 Valid statewide 14 consecutive days.
Annual Commercial Freshwater License $1000.00 Device quantity limits apply in freshwater bodies. See Nongame Areas and Limits. Expires June 30, 2015.

Nonresident Freshwater Fishing

A freshwater fishing license or commercial freshwater fishing license is required to use nongame devices. See Nongame Areas and Limits.

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
Annual Jug Permit $50.00 1 permit per licensee; allows up to 50 jugs subjective to body of water. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Set Hook Permit $50.00 1 permit per licensee; allows up to 50 jugs subjective to body of water. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Eel Pot Tag* $50.00 Recreational limit 2 pots per licensee. Reporting Requirements apply. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Gill Net Tag* (Not for Shad or Herring) $50.00 Recreational limit 3 nets and no more than a total of 100 yds of net. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Hoop Net Tag* $50.00 Recreational limit 1 net per licensee. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Trap Tag* $50.00 Recreational limit 2 traps per licensee. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Trotline Tag* $50.00 Recreational limit is 1 trotline with a maximum 50 hooks. Expires June 30, 2015.

* Licensee must have the stamp or tag in possession before using this privilege. Fish tags must be secured to the nongame fishing device.

Nonresident Saltwater Fishing

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
3 Year Saltwater Fishing License $105.00 Expires on the third anniversary of the date of issue.
Annual Saltwater Fishing License $35.00 Expires on the anniversary of the date of issue.
14-day Saltwater Fishing License $11.00 Valid 14 consecutive days.
Season Shrimp Baiting License & Tags* $500.00 Season dates apply, Shrimp Baiting License Application
Annual Saltwater Public Fishing Pier $150.00 100 feet or less in length, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Saltwater Public Fishing Pier $350.00 More than 100 feet in length, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Saltwater Charter Fishing Vessel $150.00 6 or fewer paying passengers, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Saltwater Charter Fishing Vessel $250.00 7-49 paying passengers, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2015.
Annual Saltwater Charter Fishing Vessel $350.00 50 or more paying passengers, license has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2015.
Commercial Saltwater License and Gear Licenses: SCDNR License Office, P.O. Box 12559 Charleston, SC 29422-2559, 843-953-9301.

* Licensee must have the stamp or tag in possession before using this privilege. Fish tags must be secured to the nongame fishing device.

Nonresident Hunting

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
Annual State Hunting License $125.00 Basic hunting license, valid through June 30, 2015. Annual licenses purchased after January 1, 2015 will expire on the anniversary of the date of issue.
10 Day State Hunting License $75.00 Basic hunting license, valid 10 consecutive days.
3 Day State Hunting License $40.00 Basic hunting license, valid 3 consecutive days.
Annual Apprentice License $125.00 Hunting license applicants born after June 30, 1979, who do not hold a hunter education certification may take this one time exemption from the hunter education certification requirement. Rules and Regulations for other requirements. Annual licenses purchased after January 1, 2015 will expire on the anniversary of the date of issue.
Annual Big Game Permit $100.00 Required to hunt bear, deer or turkey, hunting license required. Annual licenses purchased after January 1, 2015 will expire on the anniversary of the date of issue.
Annual Wildlife Management Area $76.00 Required to hunt on WMA lands, hunting license required. Annual licenses purchased after January 1, 2015 will expire on the anniversary of the date of issue.
Annual Shooting Preserve Permit $8.50 For hunting specified released species only on licensed shooting preserves. Expires June 30, 2015.
Season Nonresident Alligator Hunting Fee $200.00 Required for all nonresidents 16 yrs of age or older who participate in any alligator management program, hunting license required. Must also possess an alligator harvest tag and permit or accompany another person that possesses an alligator tag and permit. Annual licenses purchased after January 1, 2015 will expire on the anniversary of the date of issue.
Season Individual Antlerless Deer Tags* $5.00 Maximum 4 tags per hunter, big game permit required, season dates apply, Antlerless Deer Tag Application.
Season Bear Tag
(Mountains/Game Zone 1 only)
$100.00 Required to take a bear in addition to the required hunting license and big game permit season dates apply, Bear Tag (Special application). Youth 15 years old or younger are required to obtain Youth Tags for bear from SCDNR designated offices at no cost.
Season Migratory Bird Permit (HIP) No Cost Season dates apply, hunting license required. Expires June 30, 2015.
Season Migratory Waterfowl Permit
(State Duck Stamp)
$5.50 Season dates apply, Migratory Bird Permit required, Federal Duck Stamp required.
Season Federal Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp)* $15.00 Season dates apply, State Migratory Waterfowl Permit required to use in SC. Available at select US Post Offices, by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724), online at www.duckstamp.com and SCDNR Offices.
Annual Trapping and Commercial Fur Harvest License $200.00 Required to sell or trade furbearers taken during the hunting season, or to trap for sport, sale or trade during the trapping season. Required to possess 6 or more furbearers or their pelts. Hunting license required. License has reporting requirements. Expires June 30, 2015.
Season Turkey Tags No Cost Required in addition to hunting license and big game permit. Maximum 5 tags per hunter, per season. Available at DNR offices or by calling 803-734-3833. All hunters, including youth, are required to have turkey tags in possession while hunting for wild turkey.

* Licensee must have the stamp or tag in possession before using this privilege. Federal Duck Stamps must be signed across the face and in the licensee's possession while hunting.

** Hunter education course certification is required for anyone born after June 30, 1979.

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Social Security Number - The disclosure of your social security number or alien identification number is required to obtain SC hunting and fishing licenses. This complies with SC Code of Laws Section 63-17-1080 and Federal law 42 USCA 666(a)(13), which requires a licensing agency to provide this information to the Child Support Enforcement Unit of the Department of Social Services to establish, modify and enforce child support orders.

License in Possession - All licenses, permits, stamps and tags must be in possession of privilege holder while engaging in activities for which privilege documents were issued. Identification indicating name and address must also be in possession of privilege holder. Persons hunting on their own lands are required to have all applicable licenses, permits, stamps or tags in their possession.

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