It’s time to apply for 2021 SC gator hunts

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Gator hunters can apply through June 15

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is now accepting applications for the public alligator lottery on public lands through June 15 at 5 p.m.

A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt. A randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of hunters. This year’s public season will begin at 12 noon on Sept. 11 and run until 12 noon on Oct. 9.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on June 15. Tag fees, if selected, are $100. Additional fees apply to nonresident hunters. Applicants will be notified by email beginning in July of selection status.

Applicants can only apply and pay fees online or at one of the walk-up counters at a DNR Regional Office in Clemson, Florence, Columbia, Aynor, or Charleston.

By law, the fees collected are used to support the Alligator Management Program’s research and management activities, and for conservation of the American Alligator in South Carolina.

The SCDNR will closely monitor these hunts, and the harvest and regulations may be modified for future seasons. Please check the SCDNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/alligator/index.html to apply for the alligator hunts, as well as for more information and any changes or updates.

For questions or assistance with applying contact:

Emily Kearse at 803-734-3887 or kearsee@dnr.sc.gov

Trista Bishop at 803-734-3892 or bishopt@dnr.sc.gov

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