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SC DNR accepting online alligator hunting applications

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COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) -

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is now accepting online applications for the 2012 Public Alligator Hunting season and the Wildlife Management Area Alligator Hunting Season.

In 2011, hunters took 472 alligators during the public alligator hunting season with the average size being nine feet in length, according to the South Carolina DNR.

All hunters will have to register even if they have previously registered because DNR has implemented a new Alligator Draw Hunt application system. But any accumulated preference points from previous years will be retained.

A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt and a $15 nonrefundable application fee is charged to apply for the WMA Alligator Hunt.

To apply, go to a walk-up counters at a DNR Regional Office in Clemson, Florence, Columbia, or Charleston. No paper applications will be accepted.

This year's season will begin at 12 p.m. on Sept. 8 and runs to 12 p.m. on Oct. 13. Due to delays in launching the new online system, the deadline for applying this year has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on June 30. To apply go to the DNR's website.

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