Statewide Alligator Harvest Program


Since 1988, Florida's statewide alligator harvest has been nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for the sustainable use of a natural resource. Each year, alligator management units are established with appropriate harvest quotas to provide recreational opportunities for Floridians and non-residents who are at least 18 years old to take up to 2 alligators per permit. Applicants who are awarded a permit must pay for two CITES tags and an Alligator Trapping License, or provide proof of possession of an Alligator Trapping License valid through the end of the alligator harvest season. A Florida hunting license is not required to participate in the statewide alligator hunt.

Program News and Information

Alligator Guide

Online Alligator Harvest Report Form for Statewide Alligator Harvest Program participants. You must know your FWC Customer ID number to access your records. This ID number is printed on the upper left side of your Alligator Trapping License and can be found on your hunting and fishing licenses. If you complete the online form, then you do not have to mail in a hard copy form, unless you transfer your alligator carcass to a commercial alligator processor, then you must also complete or print out a hard copy of the alligator harvest report form icon_pdf.gif, and a copy of this form must be transferred with the carcass.

Additional county-wide alligator harvest permits are available. In response to updated alligator population management objectives, additional  alligator harvest permits have been made available icon_pdf.gif in 2018 for county-wide harvest units. Permits are still available and can be purchased at GoOutdoorsFlorida or in-person at a license agent or county tax collector’s office. If you have been issued a harvest permit, you are allowed to purchase additional permits (limit of 10 permits in total).

You should know where you can legally hunt before applying for permits. The county-wide harvest unit descriptions icon_pdf.gif indicate where harvest is prohibited, and you can see where others have taken alligators in a county by searching the harvest data.

If you were awarded an alligator harvest permit, you should receive your license and tag package within 4 to 6 weeks

New! Guide to Alligator Hunting in Florida icon_pdf.gif

Important update! The 2015 revision of Florida Statute 379.3751 provides for exemptions for Alligator Trapping Agent's licenses for persons under the age of 16 and fee exemptions for those with a valid FWC Resident Disability License; those with a disability license will still need to apply for a no-cost agent's license. These exemptions do not include senior citizens. Alligator Trapping Agent’s licenses ($52) may be purchased at any county tax collector's office, sub-agent location (authorized sporting goods store or other retailer selling hunting or fishing licenses), through the Internet, or by calling 1-888-347-4356. Upon purchase these licenses can be used immediately. Anyone with an Alligator Trapping Agent’s license can help any licensed and permitted alligator trapper. Agents may only take alligators in the presence of a permitted alligator trapper.

Florida Alligator Hunting Survey Reports Adobe PDF
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New! Alligator Harvest Unit Maps

To search for bodies of water that have been hunted under a county-wide permit in the past, use the Statewide Alligator Harvest Data Search.

Information for County-wide Alligator Harvest Permit holders

Information about specific Alligator Harvest Units


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