Online registration for alligator hunts now open in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Online registrations for state-regulated alligator hunts are now open.
A total of 260 alligator possession tags will be spread over five hunting zones. The administrative fee for requesting an alligator possession tag is $ 22 and individuals can register once per zone. Although the tag is free, selected hunters and their assistants must have in their possession a valid hunting license while hunting.
Hunters will be randomly selected by computer to each receive an alligator possession tag (tags are not transferable). The random selection process will use a preference point system. The system increases the likelihood of repeat registrants being selected for a hunt as long as the applicant continues to apply. The longer a candidate has participated in the registration, the higher the probability of being selected. If an applicant does not register for the hunt in a given year or is selected and accepts a tag for a hunt, the preference point status is lost.
Only Alabama residents and Alabama Lifetime Licensees 16 years of age or older can apply for tags. Alabama lifetime license holders can apply for an alligator possession tag even if they have left the state.
Each person receiving an alligator possession tag will be allowed to harvest one alligator during the season. A minimum length requirement of 8 feet is in effect for alligators harvested from the Lake Eufaula area. There is no minimum duration for hunts in other areas. The use of bait is prohibited. All alligator crops must be immediately tagged with the Temporary Alligator Possession Tag and reported as indicated for each area. The permanent alligator possession tag will be distributed after the hunt by staff in the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.
If selected for an alligator possession tag at two or more locations, hunters must choose the location where they wish to hunt. The slot for non-chosen locations will be filled from a list of randomly selected alternates.
The hunting zones, the total number of tags issued per zone and the hunting dates are as follows:
SOUTHWEST ZONE OF ALABAMA – 100 Tags
Locations: Private and public waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties north of Interstate 10, and private and public waters in Washington, Clarke and Monroe counties east of US Highway 43 and south of the ‘US Highway 84. Dates 2021: Sunset August 12th until sunrise August 15th. Sunset August 19, until sunrise August 22.
COASTAL ZONE – 50 labels
Locations: Private and public waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties south of Interstate 10. Dates 2021: Sunset August 12, until sunrise August 15. Sunset August 19, until sunrise August 22.
SOUTH EAST ZONE OF ALABAMA – 40 Tags
Locations: Private and public waters of Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Russell counties (excluding public waters of the State of Alabama in the Walter F. George Reservoir / Lake Eufaula and its navigable tributaries). Dates 2021: from sunset on August 14, until sunrise on September 6.
ALABAMA CENTER WEST ZONE – 50 Tags
Locations: Private and public waters in Monroe (north of US Highway 84), Wilcox and Dallas counties. Dates 2021: Sunset August 12, until sunrise August 15. Sunset August 19, until sunrise August 22.
LAKE EUFAULA ZONE – 20 labels
Locations: State public waters only in Walter F. George Reservoir / Lake Eufaula and its navigable tributaries, south of Highway 208 from Alabama to Omaha Bridge (excluding Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge) . Dates 2021: from sunset on August 20, until sunrise on October 4.
Applicants can check their selection status on July 14, after 12 p.m., at https://publichunts.dcnr.alabama.gov/public. Those selected to receive a tag must confirm their acceptance online by 8:00 a.m. on July 21. After this date, alternates will be notified to fill any vacant position. Candidates selected for hunting must complete an online alligator training course before accepting their hunter / alternative status. The official course will be available on the candidate’s status page upon login.
Registration must be completed by 8 a.m. on July 14. To register, visit https://www.alabamainteractive.org/dcnr/alligator_hunt/welcome.action.