Registration for the 2013 Alabama alligator hunting season now open
from staff reports
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources opened registration for Alabama’s eighth regulated alligator hunting season on June 4.
The hunts will be held on August 15-18 and August 22-25 in southwest and west central Alabama, and on August 9-25 in southeast Alabama. To register for the alligator hunts, visit outdooralabama.com starting June 4. Online registration for the random tag drawing will end at 8 a.m. on July 12.
A total of 275 tags will be issued for the hunts. Fifty tags will be issued for the hunt area in west central Alabama, which includes Monroe County, Wilcox County and Dallas County.
A total of 75 tags will be issued for southeast Alabama, which includes Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Russell Counties.
For the southwest Alabama hunts, which take place in all of Baldwin and Mobile counties, and parts of Washington, Clarke, and Monroe counties, 150 tags will be issued.
The cost is $6 to apply and individuals may register multiple times.
Only Alabama residents age 16 years or older and all Alabama lifetime license holders (age 16 and older) may apply for an Alligator Possession Tag. Alabama lifetime license holders may apply for an Alligator Possession Tag even if they have moved out of the state.
Hunters will be randomly chosen by computer to receive one Alligator Possession Tag each, and the tags are non-transferable.
If selected for an Alligator Possession Tag at two or more locations, the hunter will be allowed to choose which location they would like to hunt. The other locations not chosen will be filled from a list of alternates.
The random selection of hunters takes place on July 12. Applicants will be able to check their status at outdooralabama.com after the drawing takes place.
Applicants selected to receive a permit must complete an online acceptance by 8 a.m. on July 16.
After that date, alternates will be called by telephone to fill any vacancies.
Selected hunters and their assistants are required to have in their possession a valid hunting license. Most hunters will be required to complete the Alligator Training Course provided by Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) personnel, some exceptions apply. Hunters who have participated in previous alligator hunts and are selected to hunt this year should contact their local WFF district wildlife office to determine if they are exempt from the mandatory training class. A list of WFF wildlife district offices can be found at outdooralabama.com/contact.
Each person receiving an Alligator Possession Tag will be allowed to harvest one alligator.
Hunting hours are 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in all locations. All Alabama hunting and boating regulations must be followed.