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Depredation Permits

For further information on permits call 803-734-3887.

Request a permit from any SCDNR Wildlife Management or Law Enforcement office at no cost to the applicant. These permits are valid for 30 days, and are renewable if additional time is needed to alleviate the problem. Additional permits may be required when dealing with Federally-protected birds. A depredation permit is not required when capturing any nuisance furbearer or squirrel causing property damage within one-hundred yards of a home.

Deer Depredation Permits

You must contact the communications center and ask to speak to a local SCDNR Law Enforcement officer about a deer depredation permit. Call 803-955-4000 to be placed in contact with a local conservation officer for your county. The officer will visit the site to verify crop damage before any permit can be issued.

Area Phone Number
Region 1 - Clemson 864-654-1671
Region 2 - Florence 843-661-4766
Region 3 - Columbia 803-734-3887
Region 4 - Charleston 843-953-9307

The SCDNR's Furbearer Project also maintains a list of Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators (NWCOs) that can assist property owners with various nuisance wildlife problems for a fee.

The List of Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators is provided in the Adobe PDF file format.