South Carolina

Last updated Feb 2018

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Permit instructions

Contacts

For land birds:
Amy Tegeler
SCDNR – Bird Conservation Coordinator
P.O. Box 23205
Columbia, SC 29224

For sea and shore birds:
Felicia Sanders
SCDNR – Sea and Shorebird Project Leader
P.O. Box 37
McClellanville, SC 29458

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes. See definition of ‘take’ in 50-11-1180.
SECTION 50-11-1180. Authority of department to issue permits to collect protected wildlife for scientific or propagating purposes; penalties.

For purposes of this section:

(a) “Take” means to harass, hunt, capture, or kill.

Permit application forms

  • Application Form
  • Renewal – same form
  • Threatened and Endangered – same form
  • Salvage – same form

State lands

Indicate on application form

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.

Policies

South Carolina Code of Regulations
Chapter 123. Department of Natural Resources
ARTICLE 5.
NON-GAME AND ENDANGERED SPECIES

123-150.3. Scientific Collecting Permit Required.

That a scientific collecting permit under the terms of Section 50-11-2190, 1976 Code of Laws, shall be required for the collecting of all nongame species or subspecies of the Classes Pices (Fish), Amphibia (Amphibians), Reptilia (Reptiles), Aves (Birds) and Mammalia (Mammals).

123-160. Vultures, Kites, Hawks, Eagles, Ospreys, Falcons, and Owls.

1. The following list of species or subspecies of nongame wildlife are in need of management, to wit: All species of the Order Falconiformes (vultures, kites, hawks, eagles, ospreys, falcons) and all species of the Order Strigifornes (owls).
2. It shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, export, process, sell or offer for sale or ship, and for any contract carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any such species or products or parts thereof except by permit for scientific, educational or falconry purposes issued by the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department.
3. The penalty for the violation of this section shall be that prescribed by Section 50-15-80 of the 1976 Code.

123-201. Definitions.

For purposes of this regulation:
“Taking” means to shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or attempt to shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect any wildlife.

South Carolina state endangered species law

South Carolina Code of Regulations
Chapter 123. Department of Natural Resources
Article 5. Non-game and Endangered species

Section123-150.2 2. It shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, export, process, sell, or offer for sale or ship, and for any common carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any species or subspecies of wildlife appearing on the list of “Endangered Wildlife Species of South Carolina”, except by permit for scientific and conservation purposes issued by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

State-listed endangered bird species.

Bachman’s Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis)
Kirtland’s Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

State-listed threatened bird species

American Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrines anatum)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) [sic]
Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)
Least Tern (Sterna albifrons)
Wilson’s Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)