Arkansas’s fifth alligator season begins in September

Arkansas's fifth alligator season begins in September

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has opened the on-line process to apply for a 2011 alligator hunting permit. The application period will end at midnight June 30.

For the last several weeks, AGFC field crews have been busy conducting alligator spotlight surveys across south Arkansas. These surveys serve as the basis for determining the number of available hunting permits.

A total of 47 permits will be available with 36 of those coming through the computer draw process, Assistant Chief of Wildlife Ricky Chastain says. These permit numbers were increased last year and will remain the same in 2011.

The proposed season dates for the 2011 alligator hunting season are: from 30 minutes after sunset Friday, Sept. 16, until 30 minutes before sunrise Monday, Sept. 19, and from 30 minutes after sunset Friday, Sept. 23, until 30 minutes before sunrise Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. Successfully drawn hunters will be notified by late July.

The mandatory hunter orientation classes will be held at the Hope Regional Office and the Monticello Regional Office Saturday, Aug. 6, and at Little Rock Headquarters Saturday, Aug. 13. Chastain said he strongly urges anyone interested in a chance to participate in the alligator hunt to be very aware of the important dates in this process. "We really want the public to understand how this process must be condensed into a short time frame and to be very prepared to respond to the timelines of the application period, as well as plan ahead for the hunter orientation workshops and hunt dates if successfully drawn," he said.

The following permits will be available through the computer draw process:

Alligator Management Zone 1 (Southwestern Arkansas)  
Public Area Permits –
     Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d' Arc WMA – two permits
     Millwood Lake – two permits
     Lake Erling – one permit
     Little River - one permit (from below Millwood dam to Allen's Ferry)
     Private Land At-large Permits – 10 permits

Alligator Management Zone 3 (Southeastern Arkansas)  
Public Area Permits –
     Lower Arkansas River Complex – 12 permits
     Private Land At-large Permits – eight permits

To apply for a permit go to: