The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin accepting applications May 5 for a chance to obtain highly coveted permits to participate in the statewide alligator harvest.
In Phase I, applications will be accepted for a random drawing from 10 a.m. (EDT) May 5 through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) May 18. Approximately 6,000 alligator harvest permits will be available. During the Phase I random drawing, each person can submit only one no-cost application, which provides the option of prioritizing up to five hunt area and period choices. All those seeking a harvest permit must be at least 18 years of age by Aug. 15. A permit allows the harvest of two alligators on a designated area.
People can submit applications at any county tax collector’s office, license agent (retail outlet that sells hunting and fishing licenses), and at www.fl.wildlifelicense.com. Drawing results will be posted at MyFWC.com/Hunting; click on “Limited Entry Hunts,” then “Check Permit Availability and Drawing Results.” Successful applicants must make their trapping license fee payments at the application locations list above by June 7.
Any permits remaining after June 7 will be offered during Phase II on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. (EDT) June 9 through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) June15. Those who purchased a permit during Phase I may not apply. Applicants in Phase II are limited to one permit.
If permits are available after Phase II, the FWC will offer them during Phase III on a first-come, first-served basis, while they last, beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) June 16. People who purchased a permit in Phase I or II may apply for additional permits during Phase III.
Successful applicants must submit payment for an alligator trapping license and two alligator harvest tags, or provide proof of a valid alligator trapping license (must be valid through Nov. 1) and pay the fee for two harvest tags. No other hunting licenses are required.
The cost for a resident alligator trapping license and alligator harvest tags is $271.50, and nonresidents pay $1,021.50. The cost for each additional alligator hunting permit is $61.50, regardless of residency. All fees are nonrefundable. Tags and permits are nontransferable.
To educate participants on the how-to’s and rules and regulations of the hunts, the FWC offers a no-cost, three-hour training and orientation program, which is held at various locations throughout the state. Permit recipients are not required to attend, but the FWC strongly encourages first-time participants to go. Courses will be offered in July and August, and permit holders will receive, by mail, permit packages listing dates and locations.