License revenue and duck stamp money is used for good things, buy one and be safe.
If not, I would agree with calling the DNR, do not just ask a local warden because if you are checked by someone else it might be an issue.
Personally I have taken non hunters with me, but have always been youth or females and there were no licenses purchased. Never was checked while with a non hunter so could not say.
Was not aware SC had an apprentice license, if so is it valid for adults as well as youth?
That would seem a bit edgy/gray to me personally.
Thought the apprentice program was for those youth that had not completed hunter education to try out hunting.