Deer hunters who have an annual or three-year hunting license and big game permit, combination license, or sportsman license, valid on Aug. 15, should automatically receive a base set of deer tags soon.
Additionally, Lifetime, Senior, Gratis, and Catawba license holders that previously requested deer tags will automatically receive a free base set of tags this year, and into the future. These license type holders who did not automatically receive or request tags last year must request them this year to be added to the automatic fulfillment list.
Youth and 3-Year Disability license holders must still request their free base set of tags each year.
Around 200,000 sets of tags are being printed and mailed. To allow adequate time for tags to arrive, hunters are asked to wait until August 2 before calling SCDNR licensing at (803)734-3833 about the status of tags.
Deer Tags will also be available over-the-counter beginning August 2 at SCDNR offices located in Charleston, Clemson, West Columbia (Farmers Market), Florence, Aynor and York. For information regarding these locations, click here.
License holders unsure about their hunting license status/expiration date, big game permit, or other SCDNR hunting privileges can visit the Customer Privileges Portal online.
For additional harvest opportunities, optional antlerless tags or antler-restricted buck tags can be purchased; call (866)714-3611 or buy optional tags online.
Hunters are advised to allow 7-10 days for tags to arrive in the mail.
There are no significant changes to tags or the tagging system from last year. Remember that all deer in South Carolina must be tagged immediately after harvest before moving from the point of kill.