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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