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July 06, 2012   Email to Friend 

Wildlife Section, Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
(334) 242-3469
July 06, 2012

Photo by Rick Dowling: A fully mature alligator may grow to 14 feet in length and weigh as much as 1,000 pounds. The species was threatened with extinction due to unregulated harvest during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. By 1987, the species was removed from the Endangered Species list and the alligator population has continued to grow.

Residents interested in participating in Alabama’s seventh regulated alligator hunting season have until 8 a.m. July 13 to register.

When registration closes, 295 hunters will be randomly chosen by computer to receive one Alligator Possession Tag each. The cost is $6 to apply, and hunters may register multiple times. Only Alabama residents age 16 years or older may apply. To register, visit OutdoorAlabama.com.

The alligator hunts will be held August 16-18 and August 23- 25 in the Mobile Tensaw Delta and west central Alabama, and August 10-26 for the southeast Alabama area. Each person receiving an Alligator Possession Tag will be allowed to harvest one alligator 6 feet in length or longer. Hunting hours will be from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day. All Alabama hunting and boating regulations must be followed.

Of the 295 tags issued for the hunts, 50 will be issued for the hunt area in west central Alabama, which includes Monroe County (north of US Hwy. 84), Wilcox County and Dallas County. A total of 120 tags will be issued for the southeast Alabama area. For the Mobile-Tensaw Delta hunts, which take place in parts of Baldwin and Mobile counties, 125 tags will be issued.

For more information about the alligator hunts or to check your selection status once registration closes, visit OutdoorAlabama.com.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

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