FWC: May 22 Is Deadline To Apply For Alligator Harvest Permit During Phase 1 Period

By  //  May 20, 2017

allows the harvest of two alligators

ABOVE VIDEO: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute – During a recent visit to the Big Cypress Swamp, photographer Bobby Wummer captured some great footage of alligators on the move. Alligators are dormant throughout much of the winter, and as spring approaches they become more active. During the winter, they are found in burrows that they construct adjacent to an alligator hole or open water, and they occasionally emerge to bask in the sun during spells of warm weather. Our state reptile is an important part of Florida’s heritage and plays a valuable role in the habitats where they live.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – May 22 is the last day you can apply for one of 6,000 alligator harvest permits during the phase 1 application period.

Hunters can submit their application for a permit that allows the harvest of two alligators on a designated harvest unit or county during the statewide Aug. 15 to Nov. 1 season.

You must be at least 18 years of age by Aug. 15 and have a valid credit or debit card to apply.

Apply at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or at county tax collector’s offices and any license agent.

Don’t forget to check out the 2017 Guide to Alligator Hunting in Florida.

The handy new guide provides more information about the application process, the hunt structure and hunting rules and regulations. It also provides tips on how to safely and responsibly hunt alligators as well as tips on how to process, store and cook the meat, and preserve the hide.

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Since 1988, Florida’s statewide alligator harvest has been nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for the sustainable use of a renewable natural resource.

Learn more about Florida’s statewide alligator harvest program here.