I grew up mostly in Florida, and we lived on a lake that had gators in it. One time, I was even bit by one that was roughly 3 feet long….thankfully, I still have my right hand. More than once though, animal control had to come out to catch a pesky alligator that was deemed dangerous, because we were not permitted to kill them without a license to do so. We never really wanted to though. It was always scarily exciting to watch them from afar.
It is not always illegal to kill alligators though. For those of you itching to catch one of the dinosaurs, you’re in luck! South Carolina is looking for their very own alligator hunters.
Gator hunting season starts in about 3.5 months. I'm gonna put in for a tag again this year. Who's with me?
— Bayou Babylon (@bayoubabylon) April 25, 2017
You must visit the state’s Department of Natural Resources website to obtain an application for the required hunting permit. Then, after submissions are in, there will be a random computer drawing to choose about 1,000 hunters to partake in the game. This is not a new tradition though, as it started taking place back in 2008.
— Gone Wild Outdoors (@GoneWildOutdoor) September 17, 2014
Fox News reports:
To apply, an applicant must be 16 or older to and have a South Carolina hunting permit and tag. Those can be purchased for $100 or an additional $200 if they’re out-of-state.
Selected applicants can harvest only one alligator and may hunt only in the area they are selected for, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
The resources department has warned hunters to approach alligators quietly and to never assume an alligator is dead.
The department will be accepting permits until June 15. Gator hunting season runs from Sept. 9 to Oct. 4.
Good luck to you all, and may the odds be in your favor! Just remember to keep your hands close, and your be safe!