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Time to Renew South Carolina hunting and fishing licenses

From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

-- It’s time for South Carolina hunters and anglers to purchase their 2009-2010 hunting and fishing licenses. Last season’s licenses expire June 30, 2009.

All hunting and fishing license prices remain the same for the upcoming 2009-2010 season. DNR offers inexpensive licenses for Senior South Carolina residents. South Carolina residents born before July 1, 1940, are eligible for the Gratis Hunting and Fishing license. South Carolina residents born after July 1, 1940, are eligible for the $9 Senior License.

South Carolina hunting and fishing licenses can be obtained multiple ways: 

At DNR offices in Charleston (843-953-9301), Clemson (864-654-1671), Columbia (803-734-3838) and Florence (843-661-     4766);

      At one of the 800 license agents across the state;

      By calling 1-866-714-3611 (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week)

      By the internet, online at  

Licenses for the upcoming 2009-2010 season went on sale Monday, June 8 and are valid immediately after purchase.
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 offered by one of the 50 states, a province in Canada or other nation. Licenses issued in violation of this requirement are invalid. Licenses obtained by fraud are a violation of the law.

Senior lifetime licenses, for residents age 64 and above, include privileges that cover hunting, freshwater and saltwater fishing, big game permit, Wildlife Management Area permit (a $30.50 annual permit), and the state duck stamp (a $5.50 annual stamp). Applications for Lifetime, Gratis and Disability licenses will be printed in the 2009-2010 "Rules and Regulations" booklet available in August. Those eligible may also call (803) 734-3833 in Columbia to obtain an application or download an application from the DNR website.

Hunters and Anglers need to reference the new Rules and Regulations in August to familiarize themselves with Game Zones and any changes. There are some tags/licenses/permits required for specific privileges not covered under the senior license. DNR encourages people to pick up the new regulations locally from license sales agents at retail stores and DNR field offices statewide in August.

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