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Safe Hunting

Alligator hunting can be dangerous, so use appropriate caution during your hunt.

Alligator hunters using a boat must follow Florida boating regulations including using navigation lights at night and having a wearable life jacket onboard for each person on the vessel.  Because obstructions in the water are harder to see at night and the behavior of restrained alligators is unpredictable, we recommend everyone wear a properly fitted life jacket.

In the unfortunate event you are bitten by an alligator, seek medical attention right away because even minor bites or scratches can result in serious infection.

It is also important to use caution when handling a bang stick. Bang sticks, like all firearms, must be pointed in a safe direction at all times. They should be unloaded when not in use.

The recovery of the American alligator in Florida is a conservation success story. Florida is fortunate to have abundant alligator populations throughout the state, which are capable of providing sustainable hunting opportunities.

Being a safe and responsible hunter is an important way to uphold the future of Florida’s statewide alligator harvest program. Help ensure alligator hunting continues to be viewed in a positive light by showing respect to Florida wildlife, other hunters and those who don’t hunt.

  • When alligator hunting late at night, keep the volume of your voice to a minimum to avoid disturbing those residents living along the water’s edge.
  • Avoid shining lights at houses and other residences along the water's edge.
  • Transport harvested alligators discreetly.
  • Dispose of any unwanted alligator parts in a trash receptacle. Don’t discard alligator carcasses in the water or alongside the road. Learn more about how to properly dispose of an alligator carcass.

Thank you for doing your part to help build on support for hunting in Florida.