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Alligator Hunting

2021 Permit Application Schedule

Alligator | Public Land   Alligator | Private Land
June 15, 8 a.m. Application period begins  June 15 Permits go on sale 
June 30, 11:59 p.m. Application deadline 
July 6 Public land permits will be drawn and successful applicants will be notified via email.

Alligator Zone Map Public Land Alligator Hunting Information
33 permits to hunt alligator on public land will be drawn.

AMZ 1 

AMZ 3

Public Land Alligator Permit Application Requirements

  • Only Arkansas residents with a Resident Sportsman Hunting License or holders of a Lifetime Sportsman's Permit may apply.
  • A $5 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply.
  • Applicants must be 16 or older in order to apply or participate in the hunt (including assistants).
  • Applicants with 18 or more violation points are ineligible to apply.

Public Land Alligator Hunt Details
Public land alligator hunts are held on designated areas of the Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc WMA, Sulphur River WMA, Little River below Millwood Lake, Millwood Lake and the Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex. All other public areas are closed to alligator hunting.


Private Land Alligator Permit Requirements

  • Permits will be sold through the online license and permitting website.
  • Permits will be added to the hunter’s license.
  • There is a $5 application fee.
  • Applicants must be 16 or older in order to apply or participate in the hunt (including assistants).
  • It will be up to the hunter to obtain landowner permission in accordance with AGFC Code of Regulations.

Private Land Alligator Hunt Details
The Private Land Alligator Hunt takes place only in Alligator Management Zones 1, 2 and 3. All private land alligator permits will be purchased through the AGFC online license and permitting website. The quota-based hunt system will be used for all AMZ’s. AGFC must be contacted immediately after harvest by calling 870-482-9262 for confirmation of harvest. Each day, hunters must call the AGFC Wildlife Hotline (1-800-440-1477) and select option 2 (Alligator Management Zone Quota Status) to determine if the season zone quota has been met. All harvested alligators have to be checked online at AGFC.com within 12 hours of harvest. The private land alligator season ends early if the quota is reached. Limit of one alligator greater than 4 feet per person, per year.


Statewide Alligator Hunt Information

  • Alligator Hunt Orientation and Training Manual
  • Watch | Learn about Arkansas alligators and their biology from one of the AGFC's biologists who helps manage the species in The Natural State.
  • Watch | Experience the thrill of an Arkansas alligator hunt from a 2018 hunt at Sulphur River WMA near Texarkana.

Subduing and capturing an alligator

  • Watch | Proper method for rigging a snare.
  • Watch | Proper rigging of a handheld harpoon.
  • Watch | Use of a shotgun bang stick to dispatch an alligator.