From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
-- Alligator hunters in Florida can take a no-cost, three-hour classes to help prepare for the Aug. 15 to Nov. 1 statewide alligator harvest. Reservations are not required to attend a class made available by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Attendance is not mandatory for licensed hunters, but the FWC recommends that participants attend, especially if they have not previously hunted for alligators. Class topics include preparing for the hunt, hunting techniques and safety, harvesting and processing, caring for the alligator hide and alligator hunting rules and regulations. Also, persons who do not have an alligator harvest permit can attend if they want to learn what hunting alligators is all about.
Classes are available:
. July 31, 1 to 4 p.m., Dania Beach, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way. For directions, call (954)922-4212 or visit www.igfa.org.
. Aug. 4, 6 to 9 p.m., Gainesville, Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites, 2900 S.W. 13th St. For directions call (352)377-4000 or visit www.paramountplaza.com.
. Aug. 7, 1 to 4 p.m., Bradenton, Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd. For directions, visit http://bradenton.govoffice.com/index.asp and click on Public Facilities in the left column menu.
. Aug. 8, 2 to 5 p.m., Okeechobee, Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. Hwy 98 North. For directions call (863)462-5195.
Alligator trapping agent permits are available for $52. Agent permits enable permit holders to assist a licensed trapper in taking alligators. For more information on alligator hunts, visit MyFWC.com/Gators and click Statewide Hunts.