Hunting Regulations

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Hunting is a great way to enjoy South Carolina’s abundant wildlife and natural beauty.

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    Hunting is a great way to enjoy South Carolina’s abundant wildlife and natural beauty.

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    Alligator hunting is a draw hunt process.

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    Wild hogs are not protected in South Carolina and there is no closed season or bag limit on private land.

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    Dove hunting is hugely popular in SC, ranking second behind deer hunting in total number of hunters.

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    Promoting safe hunting, DNR recommends tree stand safety harness to aid in safety.

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    South Carolina's natural resources are essential for economic development and contribute nearly $30 billion and 230,000 jobs to the state's economy.

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    Learn how to hunt safely by taking a hunter education course near you.

Rules for the Field

General Hunting * - PDF

Species Specific Hunting Information

WMA Regulations * - PDF

WMA Maps

Get Ready to Hunt

Game Zones

Hunter Education (Print your Hunter Ed Card)

Licenses Needed

Official Sunrise

Property Types

Trapping and Commerical Fur Harvest


* Please Note: SCDNR has provided small downloadable Adobe PDF files. In order to accomplish this the orginal 2013-2014 SC Hunting and Fishing Regulations Guide has been modified and only includes the hunting portion of the regulations; therefore, page numbers will not correspond within the document.

The 2013-2014 Hunting Laws and Regulations are provided in the Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) format. Adobe® Reader® is required to open this file and is available as a free download from the Adobe® Web site.

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