Alligator lottery is underway

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PRESS RELEASE. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is accepting applications for the public alligator lottery beginning today through June 15th at 5:00 pm. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply. A randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of hunters. This year’s public alligator season will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) on Sept. 10th and run until 12 p.m. (noon) on Oct. 8th.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on June 15th. Tag fees, if selected, are $100.

Additional fees apply to nonresident hunters. Applicants will be notified by email 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.

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