Statewide Alligator Harvest Program
Nov. 15 is the Deadline to Report Your Harvest and Return Unused CITES Tags
To qualify for an opportunity to apply for an alligator harvest permit next year, you must submit your alligator harvest reports and/or return unused CITES tags to the FWC by Nov. 15, 2020.
For each alligator harvested, you must submit a completed alligator harvest report form to the FWC. The best way to do this, or to check on the status of your tags, is by using our online CITES Tag Reporting System. To access your records, you will need your FWC Customer ID number and date of birth. Your ID number is printed on the upper left side of your Alligator Trapping License and also is found on hunting and fishing licenses.
If you have unused CITES tags to return, they must be mailed to the address below. Please be sure to return unused CITES tags in a padded or cardboard envelope to prevent loss during shipping. In addition, please consider using a tracking mail service when returning unused CITES tags. We do not have online reporting for unused CITES tags – unused tags must be returned to the FWC.
FWC Alligator Management Program
1239 S.W. 10th Street
Ocala, FL 34471
About the 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 Information and Resources
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), via GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, 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.
Tools and Resources
- Information About Hunting STAs
- NEW: Alligator Harvest Training and Orientation video course
- Guide to Alligator Hunting in Florida
- Alligator Harvest Unit map and listing
- Statewide Alligator Harvest Unit descriptions
- Alligator Meat Processors and Hide Buyers
- FWC Outfitters and Guides list
- Links to hunting equipment vendors and more
- Carcass Disposal Tips
Get Ready for Alligator Season
Alligator trapping license/harvest permit holders can get ready to take part in Florida's alligator harvest by checking out the Guide to Alligator Hunting in Florida and Alligator Harvest Training and Orientation video course.
If you're hunting a stormwater treatment area (STA), please review this important STA information before you go.
Plus, see the links below for alligator harvest unit maps and lists of guides and outfitters, meat processors and hide buyers, equipment vendors, public boat ramps and more.
Information for County-wide Alligator Harvest Permit holders
- Frequently Asked Questions
County-wide alligator harvest permit holders should read this document.
- Statewide Alligator Harvest Data Search
Many records contain the location of harvest, so you can search for bodies of water that have been hunted under a county-wide permit in past years.
- Florida DOT County Maps
The color PDF maps show incorporated areas and are a great resource for persons with a county-wide alligator harvest permit.
- USGS topographic maps, free for download
(Click on "Map Locator Tool")
Information about specific Alligator Harvest Units
- Updates on the Open/Closed Status of FWC-managed Areas.
- The alligator hunt on the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County is more restrictive than other areas. The additional restrictions are detailed in the A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR alligator hunting brochure
- Lake Okeechobee Boat Ramps (US Army Corps of Engineers)