Alligator Regulations in South Carolina

South Carolina has specific regulations in place regarding alligators to ensure their conservation and the safety of the public. Here are the key points:

Feeding or Enticing Alligators

  • It is unlawful to feed or entice an American alligator with food. (50-11-750)
  • This regulation is in place to prevent interactions between humans and alligators, which can be dangerous for both parties.

Possession of Live Alligators

  • It is unlawful to possess any live alligator without a permit. (50-15-40)
  • This regulation helps ensure that alligators are not kept as pets without proper authorization and expertise.

Public Alligator Lottery Hunts

  • South Carolina conducts Public Alligator Lottery Hunts, allowing selected hunters to participate in controlled alligator hunts.
  • Hunters are selected through a preference-based computer lottery, and applications can be submitted online starting on June 1 of each year.
  • A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to participate in the lottery.
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old to apply.
  • If selected, the permit/tag fee is $100. If not selected, the applicant receives one preference point for future lottery hunts.
  • All selected hunters must possess a SC Hunting License in addition to the permit/tag fee.
  • Nonresident alligator hunters must pay an additional $200 Nonresident Alligator Hunting Fee and possess a SC Nonresident Hunting License.
  • Assistants are allowed during the hunt, but they must possess a hunting license unless they are under 16 years old.
  • Nonresident alligator hunting assistants (16 years of age or older) must pay the $200 Nonresident Alligator Hunting Fee and possess a SC Nonresident Hunting License.
  • The deadline for applying for each year's Public Alligator Hunting Season is July 15th at 5:00 pm.
  • Detailed information and the application link can be found on the SCDNR website.

For further inquiries about the Alligator Program and licensing requirements for taking, possessing, and selling alligators or their products, you can contact:

  • Phone: 843-546-6062 or 803-734-3886
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