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Apply for South Carolina 2021 Alligator Hunting Permits by June 15

Submitted by:  TBC Press
Posted on: 06/07/21
News # 14397
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A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt, and 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.

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.

This year’s public season will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) on Sept. 11 and run until 12 p.m. (noon) on Oct. 9.

The state is divided in four (4) alligator management units:
  • Unit 1 - Southern Coastal
  • Unit 2 - Middle Coast
  • Unit 3 - Midlands *
  • Unit 4 - Pee Dee
  • * All of Lake Marion is grouped into Unit 3.

The SCDNR will closely monitor these hunts, and the harvest and regulations may be modified for future seasons.Please check the SCDNR website at for more alligator hunting information and any changes or updates.

If you encounter problems with applying please contact SCDNR 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.

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If you haven’t already applied, there is only a short time left to enter the South Carolina 2021 Public Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing. 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.

All hunters will be selected by a random computer drawing. Successful applicants will be issued a permit and one (1) tag that allows them to harvest one (1) alligator in the designated alligator management unit.

Applicants will be allowed to hunt in only one (1) alligator management unit per season.

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