COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina's alligator season is in full swing.
The Department of Natural Resources, says it's off to a good start with 62 alligators caught since opening day on September 10th.
DNR says at this time during the year, hunters begin trying to catch the largest one they can find. However, Jay Butfiloski with DNR says there's no official listing of the largest alligators caught in the state.
4,400 licenses were issued for the South Carolina alligator hunting season which ends October 9th.
While officials admit it's a dangerous sport, there are several good things that come out of this type of hunting.
"Which also has given us money to do research. We have a Ph.D student at Clemson who's working on population modeling and that's money that we probably would not have if we didn't have this alligator hunting program," said Butfiloski.
This year Butfiloski estimates over $140,000 in economic profit. He said since working with DNR, he has heard of a 1,000 pound alligator being caught.