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June 15 deadline for SC Alligator Hunting Season applications

From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

-- The deadline to apply for the public alligator season this year is fast approaching. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will accept online applications for this year's public alligator season until midnight Monday, June 15.

After June 15, a randomized drawing will occur to fill 1,000 permits allowing hunters to take one alligator each during the upcoming alligator hunting season. More than 100,000 alligators live from the Midlands to the coast of South Carolina. The regulated removal of alligators will not threaten the population.

Hunters took 362 alligators during last year's season. All alligator hunters must have a South Carolina Hunting License, a S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Alligator Harvest Permit and an Alligator Harvest Tag in their possession while afield. All alligators taken must be tagged immediately and reported to the DNR. All applicants must be 16 or older at the time of the hunt to be eligible for an Alligator Harvest Permit; however, youth are allowed to accompany a permit-holder during the actual hunt.

This hunting season does not allow the shooting of unsecured alligators, even on private land. The alligator must be secured using approved equipment and brought boat-side or onto land before it can be dispatched.

Applicants for the alligator hunting season must apply and pay online through the application available on the DNR's Web site at www.dnr.sc.gov. Select the "Go Hunting . . . Alligator Hunting Info" button. First-time users of this system will have to create a new user account to continue with the application process. Remember your username and password, as it can be used to conduct other online business such as applying for turkey tags or renewing a boat registration.

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