Register now for Alabama’s alligator hunting season
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Did you know that Alabama has an alligator hunting season? Registration is open now, but the season is limited to a certain number of hunters and only in certain zones.
“Alabama was one of the first states to protect the American alligator and as the decades have gone by the population has reached a point where we can allow residents to take advantage of this renewable resource,” says Marianne Hudson with the Alabama wildlife and freshwater fisheries division.
Alligators are still a protected species with a strictly regulated hunting season, this year there are only 260 tags available. Each tag allows one alligator kill per hunter. The tags will be randomly given away in a lottery to hunters who have registered with the state. They must also take a class.
“Hunters have to register, if they are selected then they have to take a course about safety and humane techniques for hunting alligators,” explains Hudson.
No bait is allowed when hunting alligators, there are size limits in some zones, and special fishing equipment is required.
Registration costs $22 and is open today and through July 14th. The license fees help fund alligator conservation.
“It is hunting licenses sales that help us support the conservation of these animals and so basically the hunters are helping conserve the species through the purchase of a license and management of population through hinting activities,” says Hudson.
There are five alligator hunting zones in the state, and a hunter can register for each zone but if given a tag, they will only be able to hunt in one zone.
- Southwest Alabama Zone: Private and public waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties north of interstate 10, and private and public waters in Washington, Clarke and Monroe counties east of U.S. Highway 43 and south of U.S. Highway 84. 2021 Dates: Sunset on August 12, until sunrise on August 15. Sunset on August 19, until sunrise on August 22. (100 tags)
- Coastal Zone: Private and public waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties south of Interstate 10. 2021 Dates: Sunset on August 12, until sunrise on August 15. Sunset on August 19, until sunrise on August 22. (50 tags)
- Southeast Alabama Zone: Private and public waters in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Russell counties (excluding public Alabama state waters in Walter F. George Reservoir/Lake Eufaula and its navigable tributaries). 2021 Dates: Sunset on August 14, until sunrise on September 6. (40 tags)
- West Central Alabama Zone: Private and public waters in Monroe (north of U.S. Highway 84), Wilcox and Dallas counties. 2021 Dates: Sunset on August 12, until sunrise on August 15. Sunset on August 19, until sunrise on August 22. (50 tags)
- Lake Eufaula Zone: Public state waters only in the Walter F. George Reservoir/Lake Eufaula and its navigable tributaries, south of Alabama Highway 208 at Omaha Bridge (excludes Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge). 2021 Dates: Sunset August 20, until sunrise October 4. (20 tags)
To register for the alligator hunting tags or more information visit the state’s website.
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