SC Resident Fishing and Hunting License Pricing

Resident Freshwater Fishing

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
3 Year Freshwater Fishing License $30.00 Valid statewide for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30th of third year.
Annual Freshwater Fishing License $10.00 Valid statewide through June 30th.
14-day Freshwater Fishing License $5.00 Valid statewide 14 consecutive days.
Annual Commercial Freshwater License $50.00 Device quantity limits apply in freshwater bodies. See Nongame Areas and Limits.

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. See Nongame Areas and Limits.
Annual Jug Permit $5.00 1 permit per licensee; allows up to 50 jugs subjective to body of water.
Annual Set Hook Permit $5.00 1 permit per licensee; allows up to 50 hooks subjective to body of water.
Annual Eel Pot Tag* $5.00 Recreational limit 2 pots per licensee. Reporting requirements apply.
Annual Gill Net Tag* (Not for Shad or Herring) $5.00 Recreational limit 3 nets and no more than a total of 100 yds of net.
Annual Hoop Net Tag* $10.00 Recreational limit 1 net per licensee.
Annual Trap Tag* $5.00 Recreational limit 2 traps per licensee.
Annual Trotline Tag* $2.50 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.

Resident Saltwater Fishing

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
3 Year Saltwater Fishing License $30.00 Valid for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30th of third year. 3-Year licenses purchased after January 1, 2014 will expire 3 years after purchase date.
Annual Saltwater Fishing License $10.00 Valid through June 30, 2014. Annual license purchased after January 1, 2014 will expire 1 year after purchase date.
14-day Saltwater Fishing License $5.00 Valid 14 consecutive days.
Season Shrimp Baiting License & Tags* $25.00 Season dates apply, Shrimp Baiting License Application (Adobe PDF)

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

Resident Combination Freshwater Fishing & Hunting

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
3 Year Combination License $75.00 Includes state hunting license, big game permit & freshwater fishing, valid for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30th of third year.
Annual Combination License $25.00 Includes state hunting license, big game permit & freshwater fishing. Valid thru June 30th.
Annual Junior Sportsman License $16.00 Includes state hunting license, big game permit, Wildlife Management Areas & freshwater fishing, for applicants 16 -17 years of age. Valid thru June 30th.
3 Year Sportsman License $150.00 Includes state hunting license, big game, Wildlife Management Areas & freshwater fishing, valid for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30th of third year.
Annual Sportsman License $50.00 Includes state hunting license, big game permit, Wildlife Management Areas & freshwater fishing. Valid thru June 30th.

Resident Hunting

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
3 Year State Hunting License $36.00 Basic hunting license, valid for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30th of third year.
Annual State Hunting License $12.00 Basic hunting license, valid through June 30th.
Annual Apprentice License $12.00 Hunting license applicants born after Jun. 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.
3 Year Big Game Permit $18.00 Required to hunt bear, deer or turkey, 3 Year or Lifetime Hunting License required, valid for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30th of third year.
Annual Big Game Permit $6.00 Required to hunt bear, deer or turkey, hunting license required.
3 Year Wildlife Management Area $91.50 Required to hunt on WMA lands, 3 Year or Lifetime Hunting License required, valid for 3 consecutive license years, expires June 30th of third year.
Annual Wildlife Management Area $30.50 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 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)
$25.00 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 Trapping and Commercial Fur Harvest License $25.00 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.
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.

Resident Miscellaneous

Duration Type of License Price Notes, Prerequisites
Annual Dog Registration $5.00 Provides a number to be tattoed onto the dog, transfer a registration.
Annual Dog Kennel Registration $20.00

Provides an single identification number for a kennel or multiple dogs.

Contact: SCDNR Licensing PO Box 11710 Columbia, SC 29211-1710.

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.

* Licensee must have the stamp or tag in possession before using this privilege. Fish tags must be secured to the non-game fishing device. Federal Duck Stamps must be signed across the face and in the licensee's possession while hunting.

Lifetime License Price
Freshwater Fishing $300.00
Saltwater Fishing $300.00
State Hunting $300.00

Combination (Under 2 years of age):

  • Statewide Hunting
  • Big Game Permit
  • Freshwater fishing
$300.00

Combination (2 to 15 years of age):

  • Statewide Hunting
  • Big Game Permit
  • Freshwater fishing
$400.00

Combination (16 to 63 years of age):

  • Statewide Hunting
  • Big Game Permit
  • Freshwater fishing
$500.00
Combination Saltwater Fishing Privilege Add-on (Under 2 years of age) $120.00
Combination Saltwater Fishing Privilege Add-on (2 to 15 years of age) $160.00
Combination Saltwater Fishing Privilege Add-on(16 to 63 years of age) $200.00
Combination Migratory Waterfowl Hunting Privilege (State Duck Stamp) Add-on (Under 2 years of age) $66.00
Combination Migratory Waterfowl Hunting Privilege (State Duck Stamp) Add-on (2 to 15 years of age) $88.00
Combination Migratory Waterfowl Hunting Privilege (State Duck Stamp) Add-on (16 to 63 years of age) $110.00

Senior License (Age 64 or older):

  • Statewide Hunting
  • Big Game Permit
  • Wildlife Management Area Permit
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Saltwater fishing
$9.00

Gratis License* (Available only to residents born on or before 7/1/1940)

  • Statewide Hunting
  • Big Game Permit
  • Wildlife Management Area Permit
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Saltwater fishing
No Cost

Disability License

  • Statewide Hunting
  • Big Game Permit
  • Wildlife Management Area Permit
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Saltwater fishing

(Licensee are required to purchase any additional permits for bear, Migratory Waterfowl Permit, and non-game fishing devices.)

No Cost

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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.

Resident - Resident is a person who is a domiciled (permanent) resident of South Carolina. Proof of residency at license vendors is your unexpired State of South Carolina Driver's license or Identification Card. Other manners of proving residency can be submitted to a SCDNR license office.

A person licensed by another state as a resident for any purpose is not eligible to apply for, obtain, or hold any South Carolina resident license, permit or tag.

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