Arkansas Alligator Hunt Permits Drawn

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission conducted the annual alligator hunt permit draw last Friday, July 6, and 108 lucky hunters will be shining the water this September in search of one of Arkansas’s largest big game species.

The hunt, scheduled for Sept. 21-24 and Sept. 28-Oct. 1, takes place only at night, and participants must locate and subdue their alligator from a boat before dispatching it. No baiting, electronic calls or hooking of alligators is allowed in Arkansas.

All permit winners must attend a hunter orientation class before being issued their permits. Orientation classes will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Aug. 4, in Hope and Pine Bluff. A makeup orientation will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Aug. 11 at the AGFC Headquarters in Little Rock.

At orientation, permit holders will be issued their Federal CITES tag, which will enable them to move the alligator out of state for processing or tanning once they have properly checked it. Mark Barbee, wildlife biologist in Monticello who helps coordinate the alligator hunt each year says this is an improvement for this year that should help cut down on paperwork and wait time for successful hunters.     MORE

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