So to keep everything in check, and to raise some funds, the state of Florida assembled a Statewide Alligator Harvesting Program in 1988. To get an alligator tag, you submit an application into the state of Florida. I like to call it the “alligator lottery“. You have to be 18 years old to apply. There are different phases for drawing and it can get pretty confusing and boring but the application and drawing phases normally start in late May or early June. On your application, that is online, you apply for the hunting areas you want to hunt, and then the state does a random drawing, like a lottery, to determine who gets the tags for that area. You can apply for tags in two different types of areas: county wide areas and then specific harvesting units.
- County wide areas are done by county. You can hunt in most of the public water ways in that county. You can also hunt on private body of waters with the landowners permission.
- Specific harvesting units are special bodies of water like major lakes, major water systems, and/or specific areas in general.
It is free to apply, but with a resent change, you do have to submit a credit card number. If you are awarded a permit, the cost is around $275 for residents or $1,022 for non-residents. The cost pays for an Alligator Trapping License and two CITIES tags. So to the point, $275 to be able to take two alligators.