Phase IV of the application process for Statewide Alligator Harvest Permits is now open! Permits are issued on a first-come first-served basis. Even those people who were issued a permit in a previous phase can purchase additional permits during Phase IV. Visit to see what permits are available and login to your account to apply.

A Statewide Alligator Hunt Permit is a type of limited entry permit required to participate in the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program. The Statewide Alligator Hunt is one of FWC’s most popular limited entry hunts, and more than ten thousand applicants will apply for about six thousand permits on alligator management units that are established with sustainable harvest quotas to provide recreational opportunities for residents and non-residents.

Each alligator hunting permit includes two CITES tags, authorizing the holder to harvest two alligators. The harvest areas and hunt dates are specific for each permit, and the permits specify the boundaries or limitations of the harvest area. The statewide alligator hunting season begins on August 15 and ends on the morning of November 1. The first four weeks of the season are divided into four quota weeks, and each permit is assigned one of those weeks. Legal hunting hours are 5 p.m. through 10 a.m.

The updated Guide to Alligator Hunting in Florida is a valuable source of information about the application process and hunt structure, rules and regulations, methods of take, and tips on how to safely and responsibly hunt alligators.

Applicants who are awarded a Statewide Alligator Hunt permit will be charged automatically. The Alligator Trapping License/Permit and two CITES tags will be mailed to the successful applicants within 6 weeks of purchase.

A Florida hunting or fishing license is not required to participate in the statewide alligator hunt.