About Hunting in South Carolina

All deer must be tagged with a valid deer tag as described by South Carolina, There is a deer quota program. In this area there is quite a bit to do and you are able to be part of the wildlife up close and personal.

Big Game: Bear, Deer

Small Game: Wild Hog, Alligator, Coyote, Beaver, Fox, Opossum, Rabbit, Raccoon, Squirrel

Birds: Dove, Migratory birds including waterfowl, Turkey

South Carolina Hunting Season Dates 2021 – 2022

Overall Deer Hunting Season starts Oct 11-16 and Oct 31- Jan 1 which is the Firearms section, Primitive Weapons next Oct 1-10, Bow Sept 16- Dec 21. Turkey Hunting Season is Private lands Game Zone 1 and 2: April 1 –May 10 Private lands Game Zone 3 and 4: March 22 – April 30 WMA lands statewide: April 1 – April 30

South Carolina Hunting zones

South Carolina Deer Season 2021 – Private Lands

SeasonDatesZones
ArcheryAug 15-314
Sept 15-302
Primitive
Weapons
Oct 1-102, 1
Gun huntsOct 11- Jan 12, 1
Sept 1- jan 14
Archer & GunAug 15 & Jan 13

Limits

Deer Seasons on Private Lands
• All harvested deer must be tagged at the point of kill prior
to being transported. Tag must remain attached until the
deer/carcass is quartered or received by a processor. Processors see page 59.
• 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.
• Antlerless deer – limit 2 per day. Must be tagged with Individual
Antlerless Deer Tag. Only three (3) Individual Antlerless Deer Tags
may be used in Game Zone 1. Tags are valid in Game Zones 2, 3, and
4 beginning Sept. 15 and in Game Zone 1 beginning Oct. 1. Individual
tags are not valid on properties enrolled for antlerless deer in the Deer
Quota Program. Individual tags do not alter the daily (2 per day) or
seasonal limit or change the type of weapon that can be used during
special weapons seasons.
• Limits listed include deer taken on private & WMA lands.
• Limits listed do not apply to quota deer taken on properties enrolled
in the Deer Quota Program.
• Sunday hunting allowed on private lands.
• Archery and crossbows allowed during all seasons.
• Crossbows are considered archery equipment.
• In Game Zones 1 and 2 it is unlawful to pursue deer with dogs.
• Baiting or hunting deer over bait is permitted on private lands statewide.

Zone 1

Antlered Deer Limit: Statewide limits apply.

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

Zone 2

Antlered Deer Limit: Statewide limits apply.

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

Zone 3

Antlered Deer Limit: Statewide limits apply.

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

Zone 4

Antlered Deer Limit: Statewide limits apply.

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

South Carolina Hunting License

LicenseResidentNonresident
Combo Hunt & Fish$25N/A
Sportsman$50N/A
State Hunting License$12.00$125.00

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Known for its shoreline of subtropical beaches and marshlike sea islands, coastal charleston is a historic city defined by pastel colored houses, old south plantations. With wild hogs, alligators and deer running about there are many opportunities to dive deep into the ocean or on the land with creatures that may not be attracted to any place else!

Links to Official Sites

Buy license in South Carolina
South Carolina State Regulation Site
Link to State PDF