SC Non-Resident Fishing and Hunting License Pricing

Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
3 Year Freshwater Fishing License $105.00 Valid for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30th of third year.
Annual Freshwater Fishing License $35.00 Valid through June 30th.
14-day Freshwater Fishing License $11.00 Valid 14 consecutive days.
Annual Commercial Freshwater License $1,000.00 Device quantity limits apply in freshwater bodies, See Nongame Areas and Limits.

Non-Resident Non-Game Freshwater Fishing

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
A freshwater fishing license or commercial freshwater fishing license is required to use non-game devices
Annual Jug Permit $50.00 1 permit per licensee; allows up to 50 jugs subjective to body of water.
Annual Set Hook Permit $50.00 1 permit per licensee; allows up to 50 hooks subjective to body of water.
Annual Eel Pot Tag* $50.00 Recreational limit 2 pots per licensee. Reporting requirements apply.
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.
Annual Hoop Net Tag* $50.00 Recreational limit 1 net per licensee.
Annual Trap Tag* $50.00 Recreational limit 2 traps per licensee.
Annual Trotline Tag* $50.00 Recreational limit 1 trotline with a maximum 50 hooks.

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

Non-Resident Saltwater Fishing

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
3 Year Saltwater Fishing License $105.00 Valid for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30th of third year.
Annual Saltwater Fishing License $35.00 Valid through June 30th.
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 (Adobe PDF).

* Licensee must have the stamp or tag in possession before using this privilege.

Non-Resident Hunting

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
Annual State Hunting License $125.00 Statewide hunting license, valid through June 30th.
10-Day State Hunting License $75.00 Statewide hunting license, valid 10 consecutive days.
3-Day State Hunting License $40.00 Statewide 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. See Rules and Regulations for other requirements.
Annual Big Game Permit $100.00 Required to hunt bear, deer or turkey, hunting license required.
Annual Wildlife Management Area $76.00 Required to hunt on WMA lands, hunting license required.
Annual Shooting Preserve Permit $8.50 For hunting specified released species only on licensed shooting preserves.
Season 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.
Season Individual Antlerless Deer Tags* $5.00 Maximum 4 tags per hunter, hunting license & big game permit required, season dates apply. Antlerless Deer Tag Application (Adobe PDF).
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. 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.
Season Migratory Waterfowl Permit (formerly State Duck Stamp) $5.50 Season dates apply, hunting license and migratory bird permit required, Federal duck stamp required.
Season Federal Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp)* $15.00 Season dates apply, hunting license, state migratory waterfowl permit and migratory bird 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. Electronic Federal duck stamps are not valid in SC.
Annual Commercial Fur Harvest License $200.00 Required to trap or hunt furbearers for sale or trade. Required to possess 6 or more furbearers or their pelts. Hunting license required. License has reporting requirements.
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.

* 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.

Non-Resident Miscellaneous

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
Annual Turtle Permit $25.00 1 permit per person per year. To remove from the state more than 10 but not more than 20 turtles per year of specific species. Contact: SCDNR License Office, PO Box 11710 Columbia, SC 29211-1710.

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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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