South Carolina gator hunting lottery closing soon

Have you applied for your 2019 S.C. alligator hunting tag yet? (photo courtesy of Carolina Crazy Outdoors YouTube).

Apply by June 15

If you haven’t already applied, you have less than two weeks left to enter South Carolina’s 2019 Public Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing.

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. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a preference point for use in future alligator lottery hunts.

This year’s public season will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) on Sept. 14 and run until 12 p.m. (noon) on Oct. 12.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on June 15th. Tag fees, if selected, are $100 for South Carolina residents. Additional fees apply for nonresident applicants.

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.

Please check the SCDNR website at for more alligator hunting information and any changes or updates.

The SCDNR will closely monitor these hunts, and the harvest and regulations may be modified for future seasons.

If you encounter problems with applying please contact DNR at 803-734-3887 before continuing. Do not create a new customer profile if you have ever applied for the Alligator Lottery Hunt in the past.

Click here to apply.