Columbia, SC (WLTX) The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will being to accept online applications for the 2013 public alligator season on May 1.
According to DNR more than 100,000 alligators live from the Midlands to the coast of South Carolina.
Last year hunters took 465 alligators, with the average size being nine feet in length.
A $10 non-refundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt and a $15 non-refundable application fee is charged to apply for the alligator hunt.
A randomized computer drawing will determine the selection of hunters. You can apply online or at one of the walk-up counters at the DNR regional office in Clemson, Florence, Columbia or Charleston. No paper applications will be accepted.
Alligator hunting season will begin at noon on September 14 and run until noon on October 12. The deadline for hunt applications is June 15th.
Over a thousand permits, 1200 to be exact, are available for the hunt. If selected, a $100 fee for the permit and one harvest tag is required to be paid online.
Only alligators four feet or greater in length may be taken and the hunter must tag the alligator immediately with a harvest tag. All alligators must be secured using approved equipment and brought boat-side or onto land before they are dispatched.