Alligator Hunt Permit Application Period

Alligator

Applications for the 2018 Arkansas alligator season will be available at www.agfc.com from June 15-midnight June 30. Arkansans now have more opportunity than ever to score an alligator tag, as the south-central portion of the state has been opened to harvest.

Mark Barbee, wildlife biologist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Monticello Regional Office, says Zone 2 has been closed to all alligator sport hunting since the hunts began in 2007. It was used as a control area to analyze the impact of hunting on alligator populations in the two open zones (southeast and southwest Arkansas). Now, in the 12th season of modern-day alligator hunting in Arkansas, that control is no longer warranted and justified.

“We’ve been able to show that Arkansas’s alligator population is stable and can support a limited sport hunt,” Barbee said. “Opening the zone offers more opportunity for hunters to draw a tag and may potentially address some nuisance alligator situations.”    MORE

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