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Phase I alligator harvest permit applications open May 7

Phase I alligator harvest permit applications open May 7

By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Now is the time to apply for alligator harvest permits at a Florida wildlife management area or national wildlife refuge. Florida has a stable and healthy alligator population that allows for sustainable hunt opportunities through the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program.

To take part in Florida’s Aug. 15 to Nov. 1 alligator season, you’ll need an alligator trapping license, a Statewide Alligator Harvest Permit and two hide validation CITES tags. The cost for this is $272 for Florida residents, $22 for those with a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License, or $1,022 for nonresidents.

The alligator harvest permit allows for the harvest of two alligators in a designated harvest unit or county. Every year about 7,000 alligator harvest permits are issued through three random drawings and a final leftover phase. The demand for Florida alligator harvest permits is high and random drawings are used to provide a fair unbiased way to issue them.

This year’s dates to apply for alligator harvest permits: Phase I Applications 5/7 to 5/17; Phase II Applications 5/21 to 5/31; Phase III Applications 6/4 to 6/14; Phase IV Leftovers 6/17 until filled or final 2021 hunt date.

All application periods start at 10 a.m. on the first day of the application period and run through 11:59 p.m. the final day.  Anyone who will be 18 years of age or older by Aug. 15 and has a valid credit card may apply for alligator harvest permits at or in person at a license agent or tax collector’s office.

To Learn more about the alligator harvest permit application process by visiting and clicking on “Limited Entry/Quota Hunts” under the “Buy and Apply” drop down menu.

Submit all 12 choices in the application. However, listing the same area/period multiple times will not give you a better chance of being selected for that area. Choose areas that offer more permits to increase your odds of being drawn. Be willing to hunt every location you select. Those successful in the drawing will be charged the amount for the permit awarded.

Be aware the South Florida Water Management District is undertaking major construction projects this year at STA-1W and STA 2 on behalf of their mission to safeguard and restore south Florida’s water resources. The heavy equipment traffic associated with levee/ditch work and vegetation removal means a portion of STA-1W South and all of STA-1W North and STA 2 are closed to alligator hunting during 2021.

The FWC offers several tools to help with the application process. Find application worksheets, a harvest unit map and listing, application tips here.

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