(WRDW/WAGT) -- Online applications are now available for the 2019 Public Alligator hunting season.
This year’s season will start at 12 p.m. on September 14 and last until 12 p.m. on October 12. Online applications for the 2019 season must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 15. You can find the online applicationhere.
During the 2018 season, hunters harvested 337 alligators. The average size of alligators taken last year was just under 9 feet long. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources estimates over 100,000 alligators live in the Palmetto State.
There is a $10 nonrefundable fee for the application. After the deadline for submissions, there will be a randomized computer drawing to select hunters. The randomized drawing is based on a preference point system to favor hunters who have applied in previous years. If you’re drawn to get a permit, you will then have to pay a $100 fee for the permit and harvest tag. This can be paid at the same online portal where the online application is located. If you’re not chosen this year, you will build up preference points to increase your odds of being drawn in the future.
All fees collected in this process are used to fund the Alligator Management Program and conservation of alligators in South Carolina. You can view all alligator hunting regulations in South Carolina here.
To view the full press release issued by South Carolina DNR, click here.
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