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South Carolina

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Overview

Known For

Good turkey hunting

Terrain

Consists of low mountains, rolling hills, coastal plains, and sea islands

South Carolina Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Alligator
Alligator
Management Units: Southern Coastal, Middle Coast, Midlands, Pee Dee.
Sep 10, 2022 Oct 8, 2022
Bear
Bear – Still Hunt Zone 2
Private land only in Spartanburg and portions of Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties south of Game Zone 1. Statewide Limit: 1 bear; no sow with cubs,\nno bears 100 lbs. or less.
Oct 17, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Bear
Bear – Still Hunt Zone 4
Private land in Game Zone 4 (Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and Williamsburg counties only). Statewide Limit: 1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.
Oct 17, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Bear
Bear – Still Hunt Zone 1
Private land in Game Zone 1. Statewide Limit: 1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.
Oct 17, 2022 Oct 23, 2022
Bear
Bear – Party Dog Hunt Zone 1
Private land in Game Zone 1. Statewide Limit: 1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.
Oct 24, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat
No limit.
Nov 24, 2022 Mar 1, 2023
Coyote
Coyote – Statewide Private Lands
No closed season on private lands. No limit. WMA open to hunting coyote during open hunting seasons.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 4 Archery Private
Private lands in zone 4.
Aug 15, 2022 Aug 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 3 Archery & Gun Private
Private lands in zone 3.
Aug 15, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Zone 4 Gun Private
Private lands in zone 4.
Sep 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Zone 4 WMA Archery
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Sep 15, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 3 WMA Archery
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Sep 15, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 2 WMA Archery
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Sep 15, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 2 Archery Private
Private lands in Zone 2.
Sep 15, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 2 Primitive Private
Private lands in Zone 2.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 4 WMA Primitive
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Zone 2 WMA Primitive
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 1 WMA Primitive
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 3 WMA Gun
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Oct 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 1 Primitive Private
Private lands in Zone 1.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 10, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 2 Gun Private
Private lands in Zone 2.
Oct 11, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Zone 2 WMA Gun
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Oct 11, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Zone 1 WMA Gun 2
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Oct 11, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Zone 1 Gun Private
Private lands in Zone 1.
Oct 11, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Zone 4 WMA Gun
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Oct 11, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 1 WMA Gun 1
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Oct 11, 2022 Oct 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – Zone 1 WMA Archery
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Oct 17, 2022 Oct 29, 2022
Deer
Deer – WMA Youth Hunt Day
Bag limits and seasons may vary depending on certain WMAs. Please check regulations for further details.
Jan 7, 2023 Jan 7, 2023
Dove
Dove – General 1
Bag limit 15 per day. First 3 days of the season, only afternoon hunts allowed.
Sep 3, 2022 Oct 8, 2022
Dove
Dove – General 2
Bag limit 15 per day.
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Dove
Dove – General 3
Bag limit 15 per day.
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Early Teal
Bag limit 6 per day.
Sep 9, 2022 Sep 24, 2022
Duck
Duck – Part 1
Bag limit 6 per day. Limits vary between specific species of ducks. Check regulations for further details.
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Duck
Duck – Part 2
Bag limit 6 per day. Limits vary between specific species of ducks. Check regulations for further details.
Dec 12, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Fox
Fox – Private Land Dogs Only
Private land in all zones.
Mar 2, 2022 Nov 23, 2022
Fox
Fox – WMA Dogs Only
WMA in all zones. Night only.
Sep 2, 2022 Nov 23, 2022
Fox
Fox – Private Land Guns & Dogs
Private land in all zones. No limit.
Nov 24, 2022 Mar 1, 2023
Fox
Fox – WMA Guns & Dogs, night only.
WMA in all zones. Night only. No limit.
Nov 24, 2022 Mar 1, 2023
Goose
Goose – Early Canada Geese
Bag limit 15 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – All Geese 1
Canada, snow, and white-fronted geese. Canada and white-fronted geese bag limit 5 per day. No more than 2 white-fronted geese. Snow geese bag limit 25 per day.
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 26, 2022
Goose
Goose – All Geese 2
Canada, snow, and white-fronted geese. Canada and white-fronted geese bag limit 5 per day. No more than 2 white-fronted geese. Snow geese bag limit 25 per day.
Dec 12, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – Brant
Dec 13, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – All Geese 3
Canada, snow, and white-fronted geese. Canada and white-fronted geese bag limit 5 per day. No more than 2 white-fronted geese. Snow geese bag limit 25 per day.
Feb 15, 2023 Mar 1, 2023
Grouse
Grouse
Bag limit 3 per day.
Nov 24, 2022 Mar 1, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail – Private Land Dogs Only
Private land in all zones.
Mar 2, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Quail Game Type
Quail – WMA Dogs Only
WMA in all zones.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 15, 2022
Quail Game Type
Quail – Private Land Guns & Dogs
Private land in all zones. Bag limit 12 per day.
Nov 21, 2022 Mar 1, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail – WMA Guns & Dogs
WMA in all zones. Bag limit 12 per day.
Nov 21, 2022 Mar 1, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit – Private Land Dogs Only
Private land in all zones.
Mar 2, 2022 Nov 22, 2022
Rabbit
Rabbit – WMA Dogs Only
WMA in all zones.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 15, 2022
Rabbit
Rabbit – WMA Guns & Dogs
WMA in all zones. Bag limit 5 per day.
Nov 24, 2022 Mar 1, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit – Private Land Guns & Dogs
Private land in all zones. Bag limit 5 per day.
Nov 24, 2022 Mar 1, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Private 2
Private lands Game Zone 3 and 4. Resident bag limit of 3 gobblers per season, no more than 1 per day.
Mar 22, 2023 Apr 30, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring WMA
WMA lands statewide. Resident bag limit of 3 gobblers per season, no more than 1 per day.
Apr 1, 2023 Apr 29, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Private 1
Private lands Game Zone 1 and 2. Resident bag limit of 3 gobblers per season, no more than 1 per day.
Apr 1, 2023 May 10, 2023

South Carolina Hunting Regulations

Deer

Deer

Game Zone 1

Antlered Deer Limit: Statewide limits apply.

Antlerless Limit: 2 per day, 3 total all seasons and methods combined.

Primitive Weapons: Oct. 1-10

Gun Hunts: Oct. 11-Jan. 1

Youth Deer Hunt Days:

  • September 24, Antlered deer only, limit 1.
  • January 7, Either-sex, limit 2.
  • Tags not required.

Game Zone 2

Antlered Deer Limit: Statewide limits apply.

Antlerless Limit: 2 per day, 5 total all seasons and methods combined.

Archery Only: Sept. 15-30

Primitive Weapons: Oct. 1-10

Gun Hunts: Oct. 11-Jan. 1

Youth Deer Hunt Days:

  • September 10, Antlered deer only, limit 1.
  • January 7 Either-sex, limit 2.
  • Tags not required.

Game Zone 3

Antlered Deer Limit: Statewide limits apply.

Antlerless Limit: 2 per day. 8 total all seasons and methods combined.

Archery & Gun Hunts: Aug. 15- Jan. 1

Youth Deer Hunt Days:

  • August 13, Antlered deer only, limit 1.
  • January 7, Either-sex, limit 2.
  • Tags not required.

Game Zone 4

Antlered Deer Limit: Statewide limits apply.

Antlerless limit: 2 per day. 8 total all seasons and methods combined.

Archery Only: Aug. 15-31

Gun Hunts: Sept. 1-Jan. 1

Youth Deer Hunt Days:

  • August 13, Antlered deer only, limit 1.
  • January 7, Either-sex, limit 2.
  • Tags not required.

Archery

Archery means a longbow, recurve bow, compound bow or crossbow (50-11-565). There are no restrictions on draw weight/length, arrow weight/length, or broad head weight, width, or style. Crossbows may be used on private lands and WMA lands statewide during all archery, muzzleloader or gun seasons for deer, bear and turkey.

Primitive Weapons

For special primitive weapons seasons, primitive weapons include bow and arrow, crossbows and muzzleloading shotguns of twenty gauge or larger, and rifles of .36 caliber or larger with open or peep sights or scopes, which use black powder or a black powder substitute that does not contain nitrocellulose or nitro-glycerin components as the propellant charge. There are no restrictions on ignition systems including flintstone, percussion cap, shotgun primer, disk, or electronic. During primitive weapons season, no revolving rifles are permitted (50-11-310). Falconry Allowed

Pneumatic Weapons

Pneumatic weapons including those that shoot arrows may be used on private and WMA Lands statewide during firearms sea- sons only. On WMAs restrictions found in WMA Regulation 3.1 and 3.3 apply to pneu- matic weapons.

Bag Limits

Antlered deer statewide limit:

  • Residents – 2 per day, 5 total all seasons and methods combined.
  • Nonresidents – 2 per day, 4 total all seasons and methods combined.

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Bear

Bear

Archery

Archery means a longbow, recurve bow, compound bow or crossbow (50-11-565). There are no restrictions on draw weight/length, arrow weight/length, or broad head weight, width, or style. Crossbows may be used on private lands and WMA lands statewide during all archery, muzzleloader or gun seasons for deer, bear and turkey.

Primitive Weapons

For special primitive weapons seasons, primitive weapons include bow and arrow, crossbows and muzzleloading shotguns of twenty gauge or larger, and rifles of .36 caliber or larger with open or peep sights or scopes, which use black powder or a black powder substitute that does not contain nitrocellulose or nitro-glycerin components as the propellant charge. There are no restrictions on ignition systems including flintstone, percussion cap, shotgun primer, disk, or electronic. During primitive weapons season, no revolving rifles are permitted (50-11-310). Falconry Allowed

Pneumatic Weapons

Pneumatic weapons including those that shoot arrows may be used on private and WMA Lands statewide during firearms sea- sons only. On WMAs restrictions found in WMA Regulation 3.1 and 3.3 apply to pneu- matic weapons.

Bear Limits

Statewide Limit: 1 bear; no sow with cubs, no bears 100 lbs. or less.

Turkey

Turkey Game Type

General Turkey Regulations

  • Sunday hunting allowed on private lands (SC 50-11-555). No Sunday hunting allowed on WMA land (Reg. 123-51).
  • Statewide limit of 3 gobblers for residents and 2 for nonresidents, no more than 1 per day (SC Code 50-11-580). Bearded hens are not legal.
  • All hunters, including hunters younger than 16 or those who are calling or guid- ing must possess a valid set of turkey tags except on designated youth days. Except on designated youth days, all harvested turkeys must be tagged and validated as prescribed on the tag form before being moved from the point of kill. No person may possess more than one set of turkey tags (SC 50-11-544).
  • Hunters who have used all their tags may call or guide for other hunters provided they possess their tag form.
  • Legal weapons – shotguns, muzzleloading shotguns, bows and crossbows. All other weapons or methods are prohibited including rifles, pistols, slugs, and buckshot (SC 50-11-500, Reg. 123-51).
  • Turkeys may not be hunted with dogs, live decoys or electronic calls (SC 50-11-40, Reg. 123-51).
  • Unlawful to shoot any turkey between 30 minutes after official sunset and 30 minutes before official sunrise. Unlawful to take or attempt to take a wild turkey from a vehicle on a public road. Unlawful to trap or snare a wild turkey. Unlawful to take wild turkey from a watercraft (SC 50-11-500).
  • Unlawful to hunt or take a wild turkey by means of bait or on or over any baited area (SC 50-11-510). Bait means placing, depositing, exposing, distributing, or scattering of salt, corn, wheat, or other grain, or foodstuffs to constitute a lure or attraction for wild turkeys. An area remains a baited area for ten days following the complete removal of all bait. NOTE: The following activities can result in a baited area if done prior to or during turkey season: planting, discing or manipulating chufa to expose the tubers; mowing or manipulating standing grain crops where grain is scattered or exposed; top sowing of any grains; bait or feed intended for other species.
  • On WMA lands the practice of fanning or reaping is prohibited. Fanning/reaping is defined as hunting or stalking wild turkeys while holding or using for hunter concealment any of the following items: a tail fan, a partial or full decoy with a tail fan, or a tail fan mounted to a firearm. Tail fans include those made of real or synthetic feathers or an image or likeness of a tail fan applied to any material (Reg. 123-51). This regulation does not apply on private land.

Alligator

Alligator

Baiting

It is unlawful to feed or entice an American alligator with food (50-11-750), or possess any live alligator without a permit (50-15-40).

Public Lottery Alligator Hunts

  • Hunters are selected by a preference-based computer drawing and may apply online beginning May 1 of each year. A $10 nonre- fundable application fee is required to par- ticipate in the drawing and applicants must be at least 16 years old in order to apply. If selected, the permit/tag fee is $100, and if not selected, the applicant will be awarded one preference point for future alligator lottery hunts. All selected hunters are required to possess a SC Hunting License in addition to the $100 permit/tag fee. Any nonresident al- ligator hunter chosen must pay an additional $200 Nonresident Alligator Hunting Fee along with the permit/tag fee, and must possess a SC Nonresident Hunting License.
  • Anyone may assist a permitted hunter dur- ing the hunt, but all assistants must possess a hunting license unless they are under the age of 16. In addition, ALL nonresident al- ligator hunting assistants (16 years of age or older) must pay the $200 Nonresident Alligator Hunting Fee and possess a SC Nonresident Hunting License, available from any license sales vendor. The deadline for applying for each year’s Public Alligator Hunting Season is June 15th at 5:00pm.
  • The application link and other details may be found on the SCDNR website. For informa- tion regarding the Alligator Program, and licensing requirements for taking, possessing, and sale of alligators or their products, call 843-546-6062 or 803-734-3886 (the Nonresident Alligator Hunting fee for nonresident alligator hunters and nonresident assistants may be paid at any license vendor location, online at www.dnr.sc.gov, or by phone at 1-866-714-3611).

Bag Limit

Only one (1) alligator can be taken per permit. Alligator must be four (4) feet or greater in length. Others may assist permittee, but all participants (including permittee) must be licensed SC hunters.

Small Game

Small Game

Night Hunting

Raccoons, opossums, foxes, mink, and skunk may be hunted at night during the open hunting season for those species; however, they may not be hunted with artificial lights except when treed or cornered with dogs and no buckshot or any shot larger than #4, or any rifle ammunition larger than a twenty-two rimfire may be used. Devices that amplify light using any type of power source including any having an electronic screen other or similar digital viewfinder, are considered artificial light (including night vision or infrared/thermal imaging equipment). This does not include traditional illuminated scope reticles or dots. (50-11-120, 50-11-710, 50-11-1080, 50-11-2540) A hunting license is required to hunt coyotes at night. In addition, the landowner must register their property with DNR for night hunting. Coyotes may not be hunted at night on any unregistered property, except with a DNR-issued depredation permit. On registered properties, coyotes may be hunted at night with artificial lights and nightvision devices using any legal firearm, bow, or crossbow. Registered properties may also hunt armadillos and feral hogs at night using the same weapons and devices. It is unlawful to hunt coyotes (or armadillos or feral hogs) at night within 300 yards of a residence without the permission of the occupant. This yardage restriction does not apply to the landowner hunting their own property, or under the authority of a DNR-issued depredation permit. It is unlawful to shoot or attempt to shoot a coyote (or armadillo or feral hog), at night, from, on, or across any public paved road. Property registration to the DNR is required once annually as prescribed by DNR for each property. A brief, annual report of each registered property’s night hunting activities is required to re-register a property the following year. Persons convicted of certain night hunting violations during the previous five years are ineligible to hunt coyotes at night. (50-11-1080, 50-11-700 et seq.)

Quail – Bag Limit

All game Zones- 12 per day

Rabbit – Bag Limit

All game zones- 5 per day

Squirrel – Gray and Fox – Bag Limit

All game zones- 10 per day

Fox – Bag Limit

All game zones- No limit

Beaver – Bag Limit

All game zones- No limit

Bobcat, Otter, Mink, Muskrat, Skunk, Weasel – Bag Limit

All game zones- No limit

Grouse – Bag Limit

Game zone 1 only- 3 per day

Raccoon & Opossum – Bag Limit

All game zones- 3 per party, per day

No limit for opossum

Crow – Bag Limit

All Game Zones- No Limit

Waterfowl

Waterfowl

Legal Shot

The possession of lead shot is prohibited for all waterfowl hunting, statewide. Nontoxic shot (steel, bismuth or other Federally approved shot) is required for all waterfowl hunting.

Shooting Hours – Ducks, Geese, American Coots, Mergansers, Marsh Hens, Snipe, Woodcock & Brant

1⁄2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset

Early Teal Shooting Hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Early Teal – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 6

Ducks – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 6 Total including those species not named below.

  • Including no more than 3 each of the following: WoodDucks.
  • Including no more than 2 each of the following: Mallards(no more than 1 hen), Redheads, Scaup(2/day, 11/13, 11/20-27, 12/12-22); (1/day, 12/23 – 1/31), Canvasback.
  • Including no more than 1 each of the following: Pintails, Fulvous whistling duck, Black-bellied whistling duck.

5 Total for Sea Ducks.

  • Including no more than 4 each of the following: Elders, Scoters, Long-tailedducks

Canada Goose First Split – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15

Canada Geese & White-Fronted Geese (Remainder of Season) – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 5 Total

No More than 2 White-Fronted Geese

Snow Geese – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 25

American Coots – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 25

Mergansers – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 5 Total, No more than 1 Hooded Merganser

Brant – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 2

Migratory Birds

Dove

Shooting Hours – Mourning Doves

Opening day:12 Noon until Sunset; rest of season: 1⁄2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset

Shooting hours – Migratory Birds

1⁄2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset

Marsh Hens/Rails – Bag Limits

King and Clapper—15 Total

Sora and Virginia—25 Total

Common Snipe – Bag Limits

8 total

Woodcock – Bag Limits

3 total

Mourning Doves – Bag Limits

15 total

Big Game

Deer

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Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Hunting licenses, permits and regulations can be purchased on the official web site of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

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