Has hunting alligators always been on your “bucket list?” If so, the deadline to apply to hunt gators in Georgia is midnight on July 31. The hunt is open to non-residents.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, 850 applicants will be selected for the 2014 alligator hunting season which runs September 6-October 5.
“We anticipate that alligator quota hunt application interest will be on par with past years, and expect more than 10,000 applicants,” said John Bowers, chief of the Game Management Section. “If you have been fortunate enough to be selected for an alligator hunting permit, be sure to encourage friends and others to apply for the experience of a lifetime.”
In 2013, a total of 246 alligators were harvested with an average length of 8 feet, 2 inches and the longest gator measuring 13 feet, 11 inches.
The odds of getting drawn for those applying for the first time are not good. Here’s a link to check them out .. but if you don’t get drawn you do receive a priority point for the next drawing.
Bag Limit: One (1) alligator. Legal alligators must be greater than or equal to 48 inches in length as measured from end of the snout to tip of the tail.
Anyone hunting or assisting an alligator permit holder must possess a valid Alligator Hunting License (Resident License is $50 and Non-Resident License is $200) in addition to a regular hunting license. A Wildlife Management Area license is required if hunting on a WMA. Disability, Honorary & Lifetime License holders are exempt from these requirements. Hunters must be at least 12 years of age. Hunters age 12-15 need not have an alligator hunting license or Hunting License; however, they must possess a valid permit or be with a permit holder. In order to hunt unsupervised, they must have a valid Hunter Education Certificate.
Hunters may use hand-held ropes or snares, snatch hooks, harpoons, gigs or arrows with a restraining line attached. Legal alligators must be dispatched immediately upon capture by using a handgun or bangstick, or by severing the spinal cord with a sharp implement.
Alligators may be hunted during the day or at night.
It is unlawful to hunt without landowners permission including powerline, gas line, railroad, and other rights-of-way. Written permission must be obtained if land is so posted.
In Georgia, alligators typically live south of the fall line (a geological boundary about 20 miles wide, which roughly traverses the cities of Columbus, Macon and Augusta), occupying a variety of natural wetland habitats including marshes, swamps, rivers, farm ponds, and lakes. Opportunistic carnivores, they eat small mammals, aquatic insects, crayfish, frogs, fish, turtles, water birds and more, according to the Georgia DNR.
How To Apply
Click here for information on how to apply for an alligator hunt. Applicants must be sure to enter their social security number correctly when creating an account to ensure the transfer of any priority points from previous seasons. Those applying also need to be sure to keep their e-mail address is current in order to receive quota updates, confirmations and any notices about quota hunts.
Applicants can check their application status through their account after the July 31 deadline. Selected hunters will receive a temporary harvest tag and information packet by mail in early August.
Want to know more about alligator hunting in Georgia? Check out the newest video on the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division YouTube channel.
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