Alligator Hunting Adventure
Florida is the alligator hunting capital of the world!
The alligator hunting season runs Aug. 15 – Nov. 1 each year. Over 7,300 alligator harvest permits are available this season. Each permit allows the harvest of two alligators.
Random drawings are held to distribute all available alligator harvest permits. Visit MyFWC.com/Alligator for details on how to apply. Applications may be submitted at any county tax collector's office, license agent (retail outlet that sells hunting and fishing licenses) or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. There is no cost to apply, but credit card information must be submitted with each application, as applicants will be charged automatically if successful in the drawing. Those awarded a permit will be charged for an alligator trapping license and hide validation tags totaling $272 for residents and $1,022 for nonresidents. The cost for those with a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License is $22. The fee for additional alligator harvest permits, if available, is $62 regardless of residency or disability.
All persons seeking a harvest permit must be at least 18 years of age by Aug. 15. Exemptions for senior citizens do not apply to alligator trapping licenses. All sales are final; no refunds will be provided for any reason. Alligator harvest permits are not transferable. No other hunting licenses or FWC-issued permits are required. Permits and tags will be mailed within six weeks of drawing results and charges.
An alligator trapping agent license also is available for $52 and allows a person to assist a permitted trapper with taking alligators. Those with a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License are exempt from paying the fee but still need the license to hunt alligators. An alligator trapping agent license is not required for youth under 16 years of age. Exemptions for senior citizens do not apply to alligator trapping agent licenses.
To learn more about these alligator hunts, visit MyFWC.com/Alligator and click on "Statewide Alligator Harvest Program."