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Alligator lottery applications now available

Alligator lottery applications now available

By South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Applications for the public alligator lottery are now open, and will close June 15 at 5:00 p.m.

A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system which determines the selection of hunters.

This 2022 public alligator season begins at noon Sept. 10 and runs until noon Oct. 8.

Tag fees for hunters selected are $100. Additional fees apply to nonresident hunters. Applicants will be notified by email of their selection status.

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, 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.

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

For those who have questions or need assistance with applying, contact Emily Kearse at (803)734-3887 or email, or Trista Bishop at (803)734-3892 or

To apply for the South Carolina Alligator Lottery, click here.

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