Some issues covered by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources include the conservation of natural resources such as land, water and wildlife through the regulation of related activities, such as hunting, fishing and boating. The SCDNR issues and enforces regulations related to these resources and activities throughout the state.
The SCDNR issues and enforces regulations on all aspects of hunting, including licensing, bag limits and hunting areas. In July 2015, a new law reorganized the six games zones into four game zones.
The Department regulates freshwater and saltwater fishing throughout the state by issuing and enforcing regulations on all aspects of fishing, including licensing, fishing methods and devices, and fish size and possession limits. It also regulates state lakes and other matters related to water resources, such as boating and aquatic invasive plants and animals.
The SCDNR educates the public on conservation, licensing and related issues with natural resource programs, such as Beach Sweep, River Sweep and the Monofilament Recycling Program; with fishing and boating programs such as Trout in the Classroom and Youth Bass Fishing League; and with hunting and wildlife programs, such as Youth Hunt and Take One Make One, a program designed to teach youth safe and ethical hunting practices.