South Carolina SCDNR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

SCDNR Licensing and Regulation Guide

Online License Access

Email Receipt for Online Purchase

If you didn't print your license receipt after an online purchase, check your email for a valid license copy.

License Syncing with Mobile App

Use Go Outdoors SC app to sync and access your licenses digitally.

Updating Address

Online Address Changes

Easily update your address on or the mobile app.

Mail-In Option

Alternatively, use the change of address form available on the SCDNR website.

Saltwater Fishing License

License Requirement

A valid saltwater license is necessary for both shore and boat fishing.

Fishing Rod Usage

Unlimited Rods for Licensed Anglers

Licensed anglers can use multiple rods in saltwater; unlicensed individuals cannot.

Mussel Classification

Mussels as Oysters

Mussels fall under the same regulations as oysters.

Crabbing Regulations

Year-Round Crabbing

Crab any time of year, following size limits and licensing requirements.

Red Drum Fishing

Federal Waters Restrictions

Red drum cannot be harvested from federal waters.

Multi-Hook Crabbing

Trotline for Recreational Anglers

Use multiple hooks for crabbing with the necessary licenses.

Nuisance Wildlife Help

Professional Referrals

SCDNR directs to professionals for nuisance wildlife issues.

Hunting Regulations

Private and WMA Land Rules

No caliber or magazine restrictions on private land; specific WMA regulations apply.


Handgun Carrying with CWP

CWP holders can carry handguns on WMAs but can't use them for hunting in primitive weapons seasons.

Deer Hunting Times

Legal Hunting Hours

Hunt deer from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

Assisting Other Turkey Hunters

Role After Using Tags

Guide or call for others if you've used all turkey tags.

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