Alligator lottery applications now available; deadline is July 15


Applications for the public alligator lottery are now available through July 15 at 11:59 p.m.

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 noon on Sept. 14 and run until noon on Oct. 12.

Tag fees, if selected, are $100. Additional fees apply to nonresident hunters. Applicants will be notified by email of selection status after the drawing is completed. Applicants can also check their status online any time after the drawing.

Current applicants can change their application location preferences or convert to a points only (and vice versa) up until the lottery closes.

The deadline to apply is July 15 at 11:59 p.m.

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.

Check the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website at to apply for the alligator hunts, as well as for more information and any changes or updates.