An alligator on the bank of the Withlacoochee River in Dunnellon.

At their May 3-4 meeting, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Commissioners approved increasing hunting hours for the statewide alligator hunt and adding precharged pneumatic airbows to the legal methods of taking an alligator.

Increasing hunting hours from the current 17 hours a day to 24 hours a day in most areas will provide those with an alligator trapping license/alligator harvest permit seven more hours a day of hunting opportunity and more flexibility when scheduling hunting trips.

Adding precharged pneumatic airbows to the legal methods of take can assist hunters with mobility challenges and youth or smaller framed hunters who might have limited dexterity or strength. To be considered a legal take method, the air bow’s arrow needs to be attached to a restraining line, which allows the hunter to safely gain control of the animal.

These new rules will take effect in time for the 2022 statewide alligator harvest season. Visit for more information.

Applying for alligator harvest permits

This year, sustainable hunting opportunities will be offered at 128 AMUs (65 countywide AMUs and 63 specific AMUs). The FWC will be issuing over 7,300 alligator harvest permits through three random drawings and a final leftover phase.

The dates to apply for alligator harvest permits this year are as follows. Remember, all application periods start at 10 a.m. ET on the first day of the application period and run through 11:59 p.m. ET on the final day.

Phase I Applications: May 6 – 16

Phase II Applications: May 20 – 30

Phase III Applications: June 3 – 13

Phase IV Leftovers: June 16 – until filled or Oct. 14

Anyone who will be 18 years of age or older by Aug. 15 and has a valid credit card may apply for alligator harvest permits at or in person at a license agent or tax collector’s office. Learn more about the alligator harvest permit application process by visiting and clicking on “Limited Entry/Quota Hunts” under the “Buy and Apply” drop down menu and then clicking on “Statewide Alligator Hunt Permits.”

The FWC offers several tools to help you with the application process. Find application worksheets, a harvest unit map and listing, application tips and more by visiting and clicking on “Statewide Alligator Harvest Program.”

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