New application process for alligator hunting permits starts on June 1

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will
use new permit-application procedures this year to resolve past
permit issuance problems for the highly popular statewide alligator
harvest program. 

In Phase I of the new process, applications will be accepted for
a random drawing from 10 a.m. (EDT) June 1 through 11:59 p.m. (EDT)
June 15.  Approximately 6,000 alligator harvest permits will be
available.

During the Phase I random drawing, each person may submit only
one no-cost application, which provides the option of prioritizing
up to five hunt area and period choices.  All people seeking a
harvest permit must be at least 18 years of age by Aug. 15, 2009. 
A permit allows the harvest of two alligators on a designated
area.

Applications can be submitted at any county tax collector’s
office, license agent (retail outlet that sells hunting and fishing
licenses), and at MyFWC.com/License.  Drawing
results will be posted at MyFWC.com/Hunting no earlier than
June 17.  Fee payments must be made at the locations referenced
above by June 29.

Any permits remaining after this period will be offered during
Phase II on a first-come, first served basis from 10 a.m. (EDT)
July 1 through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) July 6.  People who purchased a
permit during Phase I may not apply.  Applicants in Phase II are
limited to one permit.

If permits are available after Phase II, they will be offered
during Phase III on a first-come, first served basis from10 a.m.
(EDT) July 7 until all permits are sold.  People who purchased a
permit in Phase I or II may apply for additional permits during
Phase III.

Successful applicants must submit payment for an alligator
trapping license and two alligator harvest tags, or provide proof
of a valid alligator trapping license (must be valid through Nov.
1, 2009) and pay the fee for two harvest tags.  No other hunting
licenses are required.

The cost for an alligator trapping license and alligator harvest
tags is $271.50 for Florida residents, and nonresidents pay
$1,021.50.  The cost for each additional alligator hunting permit
is $61.50, regardless of residency.  All fees are
nonrefundable.

An alligator trapping agent license is also available for
$51.50, which allows the license holder to assist permitted
trappers take alligators.

The alligator hunting season will run 11 consecutive weeks from
Aug. 15 through Nov. 1.

To educate participants on the how-to’s and rules and
regulations of the hunts, the FWC offers a no-cost, three-hour
training and orientation program, which is held at various
locations throughout the state. Permit recipients are not required
to attend, but first-time participants are strongly encouraged to
go.  Courses will be offered in July and August, and permit holders
will receive, by mail, permit packages listing dates and
locations.

For more information about these exciting alligator hunts, visit
MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats/Alligator_index.htm.

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