2008 alligator hunting season results now available

South Carolina alligator hunters reported taking 362 alligators
from 13 different counties during the 2008 public alligator hunting
season.

Detailed information on the public alligator hunting season and
the application process for 2009.

The Middle and Southern Coastal hunt units reported the most
alligators taken with 121 and 94, respectively. However, the
biggest alligators came from the Midlands unit, where 45 alligators
10 feet long or larger were taken, including 21 that were 12 feet
or longer. The largest reported alligator taken last year was 13
feet, 7 inches from Lake Marion in the Midlands unit. Overall, the
average size of all alligators caught during the season for all
units combined was 9.2 feet.

“We were expecting a success rate of about 20 to 30 percent from
the 1,000 available permits, with a subsequent harvest of about
200-300 alligators last year based on Georgia’s data, so our final
numbers were a bit higher than we had predicted,” said Jay
Butfiloski, DNR’s Furbearer and Alligator Program coordinator.

A total of 1,475 prospective hunters from 19 states, and from as
far away as Utah, applied for the hunt last year; however, nearly
91 percent of all applications received were from South Carolina
residents. One thousand of these applicants were selected to be
eligible to purchase an alligator permit and tag. The permit and
tag allowed a hunter to harvest one alligator. A total of 789
selected hunters completed the permitting process and purchased a
permit and tag. Hunters who were not selected for last year’s hunt
will have one preference point for the upcoming 2009 season.

A series of alligator hunting seminars will be held later this
summer to provide prospective hunters with information on alligator
hunting techniques, regulations and processing.

Applications for this year’s public alligator season will be
available online beginning May 1. Prospective hunters must apply
online and submit a $10 non-refundable application fee to be
considered for the random computer drawing. Applications will
continue to be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on June 15 and
notifications will begin to be mailed starting on July 1. Hunters
who are not selected will be issued one preference point for the
2010 season.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by
making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s
natural resources and its people.

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