Effective for the 2017 deer season, all harvested deer in South Carolina are required to be tagged at the point of kill.
According to Charles Ruth, Big Game Project Leader for the SC DNR, there are really 2 main points all hunters are wanting to know.
First is that all deer harvested must have a tag on them.
Second, there is now a state-wide limit on antler bucks.
Be sure to watch the video below as Ruth shares some important changes on the upcoming hunting season.
When residents purchase a Hunting License and Big Game Permit OR if they currently have an active Hunting License and Big Game Permit that will be valid when deer season begins on August 15 they will automatically receive a base set of deer tags at no cost prior to deer season.
Deer tags will not be available over the counter at point-of-sales vendors (Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods; etc.). They will be available over the counter at SCDNR offices located in Charleston, Clemson, Columbia (downtown and Farmers Market), Florence, and York after Aug. 7. Tags may be purchased by phone after July 1 at 1-866-714-3611 or online at: http://dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html. Tags will not be mailed until early August.
The tags consist of the following:
3 unrestricted antlered buck tags.
8 date specific antlerless deer tags. Each antlerless tag is only valid on one specific day and cannot be used on any other day. Similar to the "doe days" in the past.
Residents - additional deer tag purchases
Residents may purchase 2 additional antler restriction buck tags for $5 each. The restriction is the buck must have 4 points on one antler or a minimum 12-inch inside spread. There is no particular order in which the antlered buck tags must be used.
As in the past, all residents may purchase up to 4 individual antlerless tags for $5 each. Tags are valid on any day beginning September 15 in Game Zones 2, 3, 4 and October 1 in Game Zone 1 until the end of the deer hunting season.
Resident archery hunters may use any of the date specific tags to take antlerless deer on any day during archery only or primitive weapons seasons beginning September 15. The archery notation and actual date must be validated on the tag. Once used, however, these tags would no longer be available for use during firearms season on the designated date.
Please visit www.dnr.sc.gov for more information about this year’s hunting season and the regulations.