It’s been over 40 years since the last Alligator hunt in North Carolina, but that’s all about to change soon. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently approved their Alligator Management Plan, which was designed to increase alligator conservation and education by providing opportunities for public enjoyment of alligators through hunting and wildlife viewing. As part of their plan, a limited hunting season will start September 1 and run through October 1. Only one alligator is permitted per person and the rules for harvest are very strict:
- Alligators could only be taken using hand-held ropes or catch poles; hand-held or rod/reel snatch hooks; harpoons or gigs with attached restraining lines; baited, wooden pegs less than 2-inches in length attached to hand-held restraining lines; archery equipment with arrow-attached restraining lines.
- Alligators taken by any lawful method described above would have to be dispatched immediately upon capture.
- Alligators could be taken day or night and with the use of artificial lights.
- Baited hooks would be prohibited.
- Permittees would be required to complete a harvest survey provided by the Wildlife Resources Commission and to allow staff to collect biological data from harvested alligators.
If you’d like to read the North Carolina Alligator Management Plan in its entirety, you can view it here.