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The 2024 gator season will begin Sept. 14, but the deadine to apply is July 15.

Deadline to apply for gator lottery is July 15

The SCDNR began taking applications for the public alligator lottery on June 1. The deadline is July 15 at 11: 59 p.m.

Don’t fret if you haven’t applied yet. All applicants have the same chance of being picked, depending on preference points, regardless of how early or late they applied, as long as they apply before the deadline.

A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants, and tags will be awarded through a randomized computer drawing based on the preference point system. Every year a hunter applies and fails to be drawn, they earn one preference point. These points increase your chances of being drawn next time around.

The 2024 alligator season will begin at noon on Sept. 14 and end at noon on Oct. 12. In addition to the $10 application fee, those chosen will have a tag fee of $100, with additional fees for nonresidents.

Applicants can only apply and pay fees online or at one of SCDNR’s walk-up counters at a regional office in either Clemson, Florence, Columbia, Aynor, or Charleston.

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