The best places to go alligator hunting is debatable, they range across the coastal plains of the Southeastern United States.
States That Allow Alligator Hunting
Some states require that you take a training course prior to hunting alligators. We highly recommend taking this course even if it’s not required in the state you’re hunting, especially if you are doing an unguided hunt.
- South Carolina
The Best Places to Go Alligator Hunting
The best states for non-residents to hunt gators are Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. The other states only allow residents to draw, unless you hunt with a licensed outfitter.
The DNR’s Alligator Management Plan has played an important role in ensuring the long-term conservation, and sustainable harvest. Georgia has 200,000-250,000 alligators.
To prevent overharvesting, Georgia has ten different hunting zones, each with a limited number of harvest permits based on the alligator population in that zone. You can apply at online. If you are drawn, you can then purchase an Alligator Harvest Permit, which must be held by a member of the alligator hunting party.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources estimates that more than 100,000 alligators live in the state. Gators must be four feet of length or greater are legal, and hunters must capture the alligators using one or more of a variety of devices before killing the animal with a handgun or bang stick to a specific area in the back of the head. In South Carolina you can’t hunt on WMA’s, Wildlife Refuges, or lands enrolled in the Private Lands Alligator Program.
A randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of hunters. Applicants can only apply and pay fees online or at one of the walk-up counters at a DNR Regional Office in Clemson, Florence, Columbia or Charleston.
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