South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)

Established by law in 1910 as the Office of the Chief Game Warden, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has had six directors: James Henry Rice (1910-1913), A.A. Richardson (1913-1958), James W. Webb (1959-1974), James A. Timmerman Jr. (1974-1997), Paul A. Sandifer (1997-2003), and John E. Frampton (2003 to present). During the last 95 years, the agency’s name has changed four times. With a current staff of approximately 800, responsibilities include managing game, nongame and endangered wildlife, marine and estuarine species and their habitats; water resources; land resources; conservation districts; state climatologist; state geologist; and state geological survey.

The DNR is governed by the seven-member S.C. Department of Natural Resources Board, with one member representing each of the state’s six Congressional Districts and one at large. The board meets monthly, usually the third Friday. The public is invited to attend all meetings, and comment is encouraged. Upcoming meetings are announced through news releases on the DNR Internet and through the home page at, in local newspapers, and the DNR Communications Office at 803-734-4133.

A number of advisory boards and committees serve to keep South Carolina citizens in active participation with the S.C.D.N.R. Board and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources


Scholastic Clay Target Program

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is a national program that supports the shooting sports and hunting thrust of the SCDNR. Youth programs are developed through organizations and schools and supported with equipment and supplies provided by the SCDNR. In 2009, 1,246 students participated on 29 teams at 9 events.
The gun safety and shooting components of the program dovetail nicely with other SCDNR shooting and hunting programs.

Take One – Make One

The Take One – Make One Program (TOMO) was established by SCDNR in January 1999. Since 2004, 286 youth have participated in this program. The TOMO program specifically targets youth and young adults who have not experienced a previous shooting or hunting activity. These youth are paired with volunteer hunting club members and private land owners who sponsor and actively participate in a year-round hunting, fishing and shooting sports mentorship program.
The TOMO program has been...

Statewide Youth Days

In 2000, the SC General Assembly created a new statute (50-9-740) that authorizes the SCDNR to designate one or more youth days in addition to the regular season for a species of wild game. The youth days must be held outside of the regular season on a weekend, holiday or other nonschool day and within 14 days before or after the regular open period for that species. Under this law a youth hunter is one who is less than 18 years of age. The SCDNR, under the authority of this law, has...

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Youth Hunting Events

The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division of the SC Department of Natural Resources initiated special youth hunts as early as 1996-97 and now conducts approximately 110 hunts each year. These hunts fall into 5 general categories as follows:
•Youth Dove Hunts •Youth Deer Hunts •Youth Raccoon Hunts •Adult/Youth Turkey Hunts •Adult/Youth Waterfowl Hunts •Youth Waterfowl Hunts
In addition, WFF staff provides Adult/Youth season long opportunities for deer and...