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Alligator lottery applications open through July 15

Alligator lottery applications open through July 15

By South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Applications for the public alligator lottery are now available online through July 15 at 5 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. The 2023 public alligator season begins at 12 p.m. (noon) Sept. 9 and runs until 12 p.m. Oct. 14.

If selected, tag fees 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 anytime after the drawing.

Current applicants can change their application location preferences or convert to a points only (and vice-versa) now until the lottery closes. The deadline to apply is July 15 at 5 p.m.

Applicants can also apply 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.

To apply for the alligator hunts, or for more information and changes or update, click here.

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

To apply online, click here.

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