License sales for 2012-2013 hunting and fishing licenses will begin on June 11. You can buy your South Carolina hunting and fishing licenses multiple ways. Licenses are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offices or by visiting one of the more than 500 license agents across the state. Licenses are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-866-714-3611 or by visiting the DNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html.
Residents and nonresidents age 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish in South Carolina. Persons born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course to obtain a hunting license. To find a course near your or complete hunter education online, visit www.dnr.sc.gov/education/hunted.html.
Know Your Limits: Effective July 1, freshwater fishing laws are changing. These changes include creel, size and possession limits; definitions of water bodies and gear types; and nongame devices allowed by location. To learn detailed information about the changes, please visit www.dnr.sc.gov/fishregs or call Chief, Freshwater Fisheries 803-734-3808 or Assistant Chief, Freshwater Fisheries 803-734-9094.
South Carolina hunters and anglers remain the state’s top conservationists. Through your purchase of a state recreational hunting and fishing license, combined with excise tax collected on hunting and fishing gear, hunters and anglers contribute funding to South Carolina’s wildlife and sportfish restoration projects. This includes wildlife management, habitat management, research and education. Without these dollars, fish and wildlife conservation projects would be very limited in South Carolina.