Statewide Alligator Harvest Program

Photo of a snared alligator

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 submit payment 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 

Attention STA alligator harvest permit holders!  
Scouting will be allowed on the STAs on Saturday, August 9, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Only persons with STA permits will be allowed to scout on their permitted area. Guests may ride along in the same vehicle. You should have your permit in your possession while scouting.

Updated! All permits for the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program have SOLD OUT. Thank you for your interest in the public alligator hunt.
•  Alligator Application Worksheet Adobe PDF
•  Alligator Harvest Units, Map and Projected Quotas Adobe PDF

New! Successful applicants who have paid for their permits can expect to receive their permit package within 3 to 4 weeks after the date that payment was remitted.

New! The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge External Website in Palm Beach County is now an alligator harvest unit.  The alligator hunt on this area will be more restrictive than other areas.  These additional restrictions are detailed in the A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR alligator hunting brochure Adobe PDF.

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. 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 a hard copy of the alligator harvest report form,icon_pdf.gif and a copy of this form must be transferred with the carcass.

Information for County-wide Alligator Harvest Permit holders

Information about specific Alligator Harvest Units


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