Alligator hunt still popular in state

Alligator hunting is a big deal in Florida. The numbers tell you as much.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was flooded with  13,000 applications from across the state for permits to hunt alligators and more than 6,000 permits were issued for the hunt that started Aug. 15 and runs until Nov. 1 in 65 counties.

Hunters are allowed to take two alligators per permit during the hunting period.

“The quotas are based on alligator population surveys conducted on alligator management units across the state,” said Tammy Sapp, an FWC spokesperson for the Division of Hunting and Game Management.

It’s no surprise the hunt is popular. The thrill factor has a lot to do with it.

Navarre resident Casey McDonald started hunting alligators a few years ago because friends were involved in it.

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Navarre resident Casey McDonald, shown here with an alligator caught in 2015, has been hunting them for a few years. McDonald is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys both hunting and fishing and he also runs an in-shore fishing charter service.

Navarre resident Casey McDonald, shown here with an alligator caught in 2015, has been hunting them for a few years. McDonald is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys both hunting and fishing and he also runs an in-shore fishing charter service.

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