According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, a dead alligator was found in Lake Wylie near the Hwy. 74 bridge in Belmont, N.C. by two brothers who were fishing from their kayaks on Sunday.
Filling an alligator tag is a dream come true for many South Carolina sportsmen — filling 3 on the same outing is nothing short of incredible. But, that’s exactly what happened for Buck Koon of Gilbert, SC and Jason and Amy Kirkland of Leesville, SC. On opening day, Sept. 9, they set out on Santee Cooper’s Lake Marion and got the job done with a 9, 11, and a 12-foot gator.
After scoring a tag for the 2017 South Carolina alligator season, David Birgerson of Sumter, SC and his wife Susan couldn’t wait to get on the water to fill it. Despite a disappointing first night, they rallied back the next, and left Santee with a 12-foot, 1-inch alligator estimated to weigh just under 800 pounds.
Laura Griffin of Anderson drew her first ever gator tag this year, and while her husband has been on several gator hunts over the years, the 2017 season was her first time looking for a swamp lizard. She found one, and it was a good one. Griffin killed a 12-foot, 7-inch gator out of Santee while hunting with her husband and several friends on opening weekend.
Tyler Blanchette of Pomaria and Andrew Metze of Ballentine have applied for South Carolina gator hunting permits for several years, and finally got one for the 2017 season. All-around outdoorsmen who hunt and fish anything and everything that has a season in the Carolinas, they completed their quest, bagging an 11-foot, 5-inch lizard that tipped the scales at over 600 pounds.
The deadline to apply for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) online applications for the 2017 Public Alligator Hunting season and the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Alligator Hunting Season is 11:59 p.m. on June 15.
Two South Carolina men are being charged for the harassment of an alligator after photos were posted online showing the men pouring beer into the juvenile reptile’s mouth. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) law enforcement officers began investigating the case after the agency received multiple emails and messages from the public on May 25.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Alligator Task Force, established by resolution of the Commission, are holding six public forums in June to present a draft of the N.C. Alligator Management Plan and receive public input on the plan.
Beginning May 1st, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will begin accepting online applications for the 2017 Public Alligator Hunting season and the 2017 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Alligator Hunting Season.