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Guide to Alligator Hunting in Florida

Alligator conservation is a success story in Florida. The alligator population in this state is estimated at 1.3 million alligators of every size and has been stable for many years.  The FWC established an annual statewide recreational alligator harvest opportunity in 1988 that has been recognized as a model program for the sustainable use of a renewable natural resource.

In addition to providing permit holders with a much desired opportunity to experience alligator hunting in Florida, alligator meat is a delicious and healthy choice. In addition, the hide can be tanned and made into leather products.

Each year, alligator management units are established with harvest quotas that provide recreational opportunities and maintain alligator populations at targeted levels. Recreational hunting is just one part of the FWC’s overall approach to managing the alligator population.