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Public alligator hunting lottery closes June 15

Public alligator hunting lottery closes June 15

By South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

The 2021 Public Alligator Hunting season lottery drawing ends June 15. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m.
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. Tag fees, if selected, are $100. Additional fees apply to nonresident hunters.

This year’s public season begins at noon Sept. 11 and runs until noon Oct. 9.

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

The SCDNR closely monitors hunts, and harvest and regulations may be modified for future seasons. For more alligator hunting information, changes or updates, click here.

If you encounter problems during application, call the 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.

For questions or assistance with applying contact, contact Emily Kearse at (803)734-3887 or by email:; or Trista Bishop at (803) 734-3892 or by email:

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