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Lake Marion alligators

Amy and Jason Kirkland were hunting with Buck Koon on Lake Marion when all three hunters filled their gator tags on opening day in 2017.

COLUMBIA — The application period for this year's public alligator hunting season lottery drawing ends at 5 p.m. June 15, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources announced.

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A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt. 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.

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This year’s public season will begin at noon Sept. 14 and run until noon Oct. 12.

If selected, tag fees are $100. Additional fees apply for nonresident applicants.

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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.

Please check the SCDNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/alligator/index.html for more alligator hunting information and any changes or updates.

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The SCDNR will closely monitor these hunts, and the harvest and regulations may be modified for future seasons.

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If you encounter problems with applying, contact SCDNR at 803-734-3887 before continuing.

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