Florida has 1.3 million alligators. What to know about gator hunting season, trapping permits
Some people enjoy listening to music, some like sports and there are those who like to hunt.
Florida wildlife managers earlier this year agreed to allow daytime alligator hunting for the first time in decades.
With alligator hunting season starting soon, here are rules and guidelines to keep in mind.
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When is alligator hunting season in Florida?
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the statewide alligator hunting season begins August 15 and ends November 1.
The statewide alligator harvest has been around since 1988.
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Do you need a permit, license or tags to hunt alligators in Florida?
A limited number of alligator harvest permits were available. Permits for this year are now sold out, according Tammy Sapp with FWC.
According to a recent story by The News-Press, every year about 10,000 hunters apply for around 7,000 permits, and the permits are granted to hunters through a lottery-style selection process.
How many alligators can you harvest?
The permit allows for the harvest of two gators, the FWC reports.
How much does it cost to get a license/permit/tags?
The cost for Florida residents for an alligator trapping license, permit, and two CITES tags is $272.
The cost for non-Florida residents for an alligator trapping license, permit, and two CITES tags is $1,022.
How many alligators are in Florida?
FWC estimates there are 1.3 million alligators in Florida, according to a report by The News-Press.
The News-Press reporter Chad Gillis contributed to this report.
Matthew Sokol is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network - Florida. Follow him on Twitter at @MatthewSokol95