Get your gator permits now, first phase drawing begins May 17

Get your gator permits now, first phase drawing begins May 17

To the Editor:

The annual statewide recreational alligator harvest begins August 15, and the application process is a random drawing – so the more choices you make, the better your chances of getting drawn. The application period for the phase I random drawing begins May 17 at 10 a.m. and runs through May 27. More than 6,000 permits will be available. Hunters may submit their application for a permit that allows the harvest of two alligators on a designated harvest unit or county. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by Aug. 15 and have a valid credit or debit card to apply. Applications can be submitted at any county tax collector’s office, license agent (most retail outlets that sell hunting and fishing supplies) and at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Applicants must provide their credit card information when they apply. If changes to hunt choices or credit card information are needed, applicants can make updates until the application period closes.

The alligator trapping license/harvest permit and two hide validation CITES tags cost $272 for Florida residents, $22 for those with a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License, and $1,022 for nonresidents. The cost for applicants who already have an alligator trapping license is $62.

For more information, see “Guide to Alligator Hunting in Florida” by going to MyFWC.com/Hunting and then “By Species.”

Tammy Sapp and Tony Young

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission