September 06, 2012 at 12:51pm
I presented your question to a DNR Officer and the answer is, “Yes.”
SC Hunting & Fishing Regulations, Hunting Rules & Regulations, Basic Information on Hunting, p.40
“Hunting is defined as trying to find, seek, obtain, pursue, or diligently search for game.”
Because there is a weapon present, all are required to have a hunting license just like bear and raccoon hunters are required to have a license to be on the hunt even though they are not carrying a weapon.
This is the way it was explained to me.