Florida offers non-residents two self-guided opportunities on public lands. The first is called the "Public Waters Alligator Harvest," which gives hunters the opportunity to harvest up to five gators in one of 34 "Alligator Management Units." Permits for this hunt are issued through a lottery, with an annual application period of May 1 to June 1. The drawing is held on June 30, and if you are happy with the AMU and season you are drawn for, you have until July 15 to purchase an alligator trapping license. They cost $250 for Florida residents and $1,000 for non-residents. For more information on the Public Waters Alligator Harvest, contact the Commission's Alligator Management Section Staff in Tallahassee at.
In addition to the Public Waters Harvest, Florida also offers "Special Opportunity Alligator Hunts," which allow participants who draw a controlled-hunt permit to take one alligator on a designated wildlife or fish management area from which alligators have not been harvested, or have only been lightly harvested, in the recent past. The Commission issued a total of 21 permits for these hunts last year. Call the Alligator Management Section for harvest information and an application, which must be received by June 15. You may submit as many applications as you wish, but each application requires a $5 fee. Successful applicants must purchase an alligator trapping license as described above.