“Gator hunting is a thrilling, hands-on hunting adventure unlike any other you can imagine. To me, it’s a combination of hunting and fishing.” – Larysa Switlyk of Larysa Unleashed
The alligator hunting season runs Aug. 15 – Nov. 1 each year. Approximately 5,000 alligator harvest permits are available annually. Each permit allows the take of two alligators.
A series of random drawings are held to distribute all available alligator harvest permits. Visit MyFWC.com/Alligator for details on how to apply. Applications can be submitted and fee payments made at any county tax collector’s office, license agent (retail outlet that sells hunting and fishing licenses), or at License.MyFWC.com. There is no cost to apply for a permit, but each person awarded a permit must pay for an alligator trapping license and hide validation tags totaling $271.50 for residents and $1,021.50 for nonresidents. The cost for additional permits, if available, is $61.50 regardless of residency.
All persons seeking a harvest permit must be at least 18 years of age by Aug. 15, 2015. Exemptions for senior citizens and the disabled do not apply to alligator trapping licenses. All sales are final; no refunds will be provided for any reason. No other hunting licenses or FWC-issued permits are required. After payment is made, the permit and tags are mailed to the applicant within four to five weeks.
An alligator trapping agent license also is available for $51.50 and allows a person to assist a permitted trapper in taking alligators. Exemptions for youth, senior citizens, and the disabled do not apply to alligator trapping agent licenses.
To learn more about these exciting alligator hunts, visit MyFWC.com/Alligator and click on “Statewide Alligator Harvest Program.”
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