State opens period to participate in alligator hunting license lottery | Outside
Those interested in hunting an Arkansas alligator on public lands and waters this fall have until midnight June 30 to put their name in the hat.
Thirty-three permits will be issued for public hunting in Arkansas for the 2021 season. These permits will be drawn by electronic draw. As with the rest of the AGFC’s permit application system, alligator hunting applicants must pay a non-refundable $ 5 processing fee when the application is submitted. No additional fees are required from successful applicants.
Each permit authorizes the harvest of one alligator, which must be at least 4 feet long. Alligator hunting is permitted 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise from September 17 to 20 and from September 24 to 27. Each license holder can have up to three assistants with him when hunting, but only the license holder is allowed to snare, harpoon or send the alligator.
Alligator hunters must be at least 16 years old and only residents of Arkansas can hunt alligators on public lands in Arkansas. Applicants with 18 or more AGFC violation points are not eligible to apply.
Hunters chasing alligators on private land no longer need to draw a tag. Instead, alligators on private land are hunted through a quota-based system. Anyone with access to private land in alligator zones 1, 2 or 3 can purchase a private land alligator tag in addition to their big game license and be able to hunt during alligator season until that the quota is reached for his zone.
“It will be up to each hunter to call every evening before their hunt to the wildlife hotline (1-800-440-1477) to see if the quota has been met,” Mark Barbee, AGFC wildlife biologist in the office of Monticello, mentioned. âIf the quota is reached, the hunt ends early.
Barbee says the quota system allows more people with potential nuisance alligator problems to have a chance to remove those alligators or allow another hunter to do so.
âWe set the number of permits and quotas based on the number of alligators we need to keep the population at a sustainable level that minimizes nuisance issues,â Barbee said. âBut we see a number of unfilled private land tags every year if the hunter can’t find an alligator large enough to meet their expectations. Now this additional harvest opportunity can be used by another hunter on different terrain.
Successful applicants and private land hunters must also complete an online hunting orientation before heading to the field. The orientation presents the most important details and frequently asked questions about the hunt.