COLUMBIA Gator hunters, gear up.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources beginning today is accepting online applications for the 2009 public alligator hunting season.
Applicants for the alligator hunting season are required to apply and pay online or at a DNR counter in Clemson, Florence, Columbia or Charleston.
A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the hunt, and 1,000 permits are available.
Last year, hunters took 362 alligators in 13 counties.
This year's season begins at noon on Sept. 12 and runs until noon on Oct. 10.