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Alligator Hunting Application Closes July 31

July 24, 2014
Close up of an alligator's head

When you think of hunting in Georgia, what animal comes to mind? Deer? Bears? Turkey? How about alligators? It turns out alligator hunting in Georgia is a popular hobby.

In the early 20th century, alligator populations began to diminish until they were listed as an endangered species in 1967. Twenty years later, they bounced back. Through the hard work of our wildlife professionals, alligators were taken off the endangered list in 1987.

Today, alligators flourish in Georgia to the point where we can manage their population by controlled hunting seasons.

Before you get outside to find some alligators, look into the resources provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Additionally, here are a few important facts to know about hunting alligators in Georgia:

  • 2014 Hunting Season: September 6-October 5
  • You must be a quota permit holder
  • Limit: 1 per permit holder
  • Alligators must be at least 48 inches long from the end of their snout to the tip of their tail
  • Resident Alligator Hunting Licenses cost $50
  • Non-Resident Alligator Hunting Licenses cost $200
  • You must be at least 12 years old

The application period ends next week on Thursday, July 31 at 11:59pm, so make sure you submit your application soon!

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.