Arkansas Hunters Tag 81 Alligators

Alligator Hunt

With 81 filled tags, Arkansas’s 2018 alligator hunting season ended just shy of the record harvest set last year.

Mark Barbee, AGFC biologist at the Monticello Regional Office who coordinates the hunt, says this year’s hunting conditions were not as favorable as last year, when hunters took 98 alligators during the season.

“We had some rainy conditions and colder nights this year, but the hunt was still excellent,” Barbee said. “I didn’t talk to any of our hunters that didn’t at least have an opportunity to get a gator.”

The success rate on Arkansas alligator hunts remains extremely high, with only 108 hunting tags available. This year saw the addition of five tags in Alligator Zone 2, the south-central portion of the state, which had never been open to hunting before. However, no alligators were checked from this zone during the hunt.    MORE

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