Alligator Hunt Permits 

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Apply for an Alligator Hunt Permit

Spotlight surveys have been conducted and AGFC senior biologists are tabulating the data to determine the final number of permits available for each alligator hunting zone for the fall 2016 alligator season, the preliminary permit numbers are as follows:

Alligator Management Zone 1

Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc WMA - 2 permits available.

Little River (from Millwood dam to Allen’s Ferry) - 2 permits available.

Millwood Lake (from Hwy. 71 Bridge to dam) - 4 permits available.

Private Land At-Large - 20 permits available.

Alligator Management Zone 3

Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex -20 permits available.

Private Land At-Large - 20 permits available.

Alligator Permit Application Requirements

  • Alligator Hunt Permit Applications may be submitted online June 15, 2016-June 30, 2016. No paper applications are accepted. Applicants may call an AGFC regional office or 501-223-6300 for assistance.
  • Hunters must be 16 or older to apply.
  • Applicants with 12 AGFC violation points are ineligible to apply.
  • Only Arkansas residents or holders of an Arkansas Lifetime Sportsman's Permit may apply.
  • Duplicate or incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • A valid email address must be provided for draw notification.

Alligator Hunt Details

  • Each permit authorizes the harvest of one alligator, which must be at least 4 feet long.
  • Alligator hunting is allowed from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise during the approved alligator seasons (Night Hunting Only):
    1. 30 minutes after sunset, Friday, Sept. 16, through 30 minutes before sunrise, Monday, Sept. 19.
    2. 30 minutes after sunset, Friday, Sept. 23 through 30 minutes before sunrise, Monday, Sept. 26.
  • Successful applicants must attend a mandatory hunter orientation class.
  • Mandatory hunter orientation class schedule:
    1. August 6, 2016
      Hope Regional Office (Southwest Regional Office)
      7004 Hwy. 67 East Perrytown, AR 71801

      Monticello Regional Office (Southeast Regional Office)
      771 Jordan Dr.
      Monticello, AR 71655
    2. August 13, 2016
      Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Headquarters
      2 Natural Resources Drive
      Little Rock, AR 72205
  • Mandatory hunter orientation workshops time: 9 -11 a.m.
  • A $35 fee for the Temporary Alligator Possession Tag must be paid (cash, check or money order) at one of the scheduled workshops.
  • Successful applicants of a Private Land At-Large alligator tag must provide written landowner permission as well as a map identifying permitted hunting area at the mandatory hunter orientation class.
  • Up to three assistants are allowed in the same boat as the permit holder. Only the permit holder is allowed to snare, harpoon and dispatch an alligator.
  • Alligator hunters and assistants must have a valid Arkansas hunting license.
  • Alligators must be snared or harpooned and subdued using a hand-held snare or harpoon and hand-held restraining line before dispatching. The use of any other equipment is prohibited.
  • Once subdued, an alligator may be dispatched using only a shotgun or shotgun shell-loaded bangstick using shot no larger than no. 4 common shot.
  • Alligators must be tagged with a Temporary Alligator Possession Tag immediately and notify the AGFC of harvest at 501-470-0780.
  • Successful hunters must submit a completed Alligator Harvest Data Sheet before a USFWS CITES tag will be issued. The hunter, upon receipt of the CITES tag, must place the tag approximately six inches from the tip of the tail to complete the checking process. Failure to attach the CITES tag will result in a untagged animal out of compliance and subject to violation penalties.