Statewide Alligator Harvest Program permits

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New Applicant Overview

The Statewide Alligator Hunt is one of our most popular limited entry hunts.   Approximately ten thousand applicants will apply for about five thousand permits during the season that begins on August 15.  The statewide alligator hunt occurs at night, and the harvest areas and hunt dates are specified on the permit.

Each permit authorizes the holder to take two (2) alligators.  The number of alligators to be harvested from each harvest area (quota) is determined by alligator population or habitat surveys.  The permits will also specify the boundaries or limitations of the harvest area. 

New Quota Drawing Process

Based on stakeholder input, the FWC has modified the process used to issue Statewide Alligator Harvest Permits in an effort to improve the permitting process.  The main objectives of these modifications are to ensure as many individuals as possible are awarded a permit and, to reduce the number of leftover permits that are available during the final phase. 

The process for 2015 has four phases.  The first two phases are random drawings, and applicants can only be assigned one permit.  The third phase is a random drawing, and applicants can receive up to five permits,including any permit received in phases one and two.  The fourth phase will be first-come first-served for what we anticipate will be a small number of less desirable permits.  Applicants will be able to receive 10 permits cumulatively, across all phases.

As in previous years, applications for all phases can be submitted at a county tax collector's office, license agent (retail outlet that sells hunting and fishing licenses), or at License.MyFWC.com.  There is no cost to apply for a permit, but each person awarded a permit must pay for the permit, which includes an alligator trapping license and tags.

Phase I: Random Drawing

Application Period: April 20, 2015 – April 30, 2015

Permit Pickup Deadline: May 14, 2015


• Applicants will have up to 20 hunt choices per application (one application per person) – this will improve an applicant’s chances of being awarded a desired permit by providing greater chances in the lottery process
• Customers will be able to cancel and resubmit an application between the time of original submission and the end of the application period – so if mistakes have been made or last minute changes are needed, this will provide for that flexibility

Phase II: Random Drawing

Application Period: May 18, 2015 – May 28, 2015

Permit Pickup Deadline: June 11, 2015


• Customers who were successful in the Phase I lottery whether they claimed the permit by the deadline or not will not be able to apply in Phase II
• Up to 20 hunt choices will be allowed per application (one application per person) – this will improve an applicant’s chances of being awarded a permit
• Customers will be able to cancel and resubmit an application between the time of original submission and the end of the application period – so if mistakes have been made or last minute changes are needed, this will provide for that flexibility

Phase III: Random Drawing (New Phase)

Application Period: June 15, 2015 – June 25, 2015

Claim Posted: Results will be posted on June 29, 2015


• Any customers can apply
• Up to five applications per person can be submitted
• Only one hunt choice will be allowed per application
• A valid credit card number must be inputted in the system with each application (availability of funds will be checked, but no hold will be placed on the credit card balance)
• Customers will be able to cancel and resubmit an application between the time of original submission and the end of the application period – so if mistakes have been made or last minute changes are needed, this will provide for that flexibility
• If an application is successful, the credit card number submitted with each given application will be charged and the permit awarded
• A person can be awarded up to five permits, cumulatively, across all phases
•No refunds will be allowed 

Leftovers Phase: First Come - First Served

Application Period:  July 1, 2015 at 10am ET. until sold out or the end of the season


• Only one hunt choice will be allowed per application
• Only one active shopping cart will be allowed per customer at a time
• A person can be awarded up to 10 permits, cumulatively, across all phases

All application periods open at 10 a.m. ET.

Awarded permits that are not purchased or claimed in Phase I by the appointed deadline will be made available in Phase II.  Applicants who were successful in Phase I will not be able to apply in Phase II, even if they were awarded a permit and did not claim it within the time given.  All permits that are not purchased in Phase II by the appointed deadline will be made available in Phase III, and all customers may apply for a permit in Phase III even if they were successful in Phases I and II.  Any leftover permits after Phase III will be issued in the “Leftovers Phase” and will remain available until all the permits are sold or until the end of the season.

The application worksheet showing the permit/hunt choices (harvest areas and periods) for the statewide alligator hunt will be available by mid-April.  Customers can review the permit information and will find a link to the worksheet at the bottom of the page when it is available.

Please print and review the worksheet and choices before applying.

You can apply online or complete the worksheet and present it to any license agent or tax collector’s office, and they will submit your application for you.

You must be 18 years old by August 15th of this year to apply. 

There is no cost to apply.  If successful in the drawing, hunters can purchase their Alligator Trapping License, permit and CITES tags online or at any license agent or tax collector’s office. 

Successful applicants will be assigned to a harvest area and period (specified on the permit) based on availability and the preference they indicated on their application.

All Sales are Final.  No Refunds will be issued.  Permits are not transferable.

Cost: 

Resident Alligator Trapping License (includes 2 CITES tags) - $272.00

Non-Resident Alligator Trapping License (includes 2 CITES tags) - $1,022.00

2 CITES tags only (must have Alligator Trapping License that is valid through the end of the hunting season, November 1) - $62.00

A hunting license is not required.

Agent license: Permit holders may have alligator trapping agents assist, while in the permit holder's presence and on the same boat.  Agent’s licenses are $52 for residents and nonresidents and may be purchased anywhere recreational hunting and fishing licenses are sold. 

Note:  If you have a valid Alligator Trapping License, you do not need to purchase an Agent's License to assist a permitted alligator trapper in his/her presence and on the same boat.

Exemptions: An alligator trapping agent license is not required for a child under 16 years of age taking alligators under an alligator harvest program implemented by commission rule.  A child under 16 years of age is required to be accompied by a licensed Alligator Trapper. An alligator trapping license or alligator trapping agent license shall be issued without fee to any disabled resident who meets the requirements of s. 379.353(1).

 

Unlicensed persons can ride in the boat if they do not participate in the activities that involve the take of an alligator.

Boating restrictions are regulated by local or regional governments, and information on those restrictions can be provided only by those entities.  WMA regulations apply when hunting with WMAs. People who receive a county-wide alligator harvest permit can hunt on any area they can legally access in the specified county, but cannot hunt on other harvest units that have their own quota and permit requirements.  Alligator trapping is also prohibited in other places, such as State Parks and within incorporated areas.

Guides who are licensed alligator trappers or agents can help permit holders with their alligator hunt.  Outfitters and guides can be found on MyFWC.com. We do not endorse or make any claims to the legitimacy of the vendors listed.  There is no FWC licensing requirements for guides; however, USCG Captain Licenses may be required in some areas.

For official regulations and information on the seasons, methods, and fees, refer to the“2015 Alligator Harvest Training & Orientation Manual”.  You will find the answers to many questions in this manual. 

Review license, permit and fee information on the Statewide Alligator Hunt Permit information page.

More information: 

Limited Entry/Quota Hunt Permits 
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