Alligator Hunting

Busy Alligator Hunting Season is here!

The month of May presents an exciting time of the year for Hunters Envy & Anglers Envy. The warm weather is here, and we are moving into the busy season. Right now, we are focused on lots of fishing, Wild Boar hunting, and beginning to think about Florida Alligator season. Friday, May 6th, started the application period for alligator tags in Florida. There are four harvest periods and hunt dates for alligators in Florida.

So when is alligator season in Florida?  The first phase begins on August 15th. Our guides have been scoping out some of the best alligator-infested lakes and rivers in Central Florida. Your chances of harvesting a trophy alligator are significantly increased if you choose the right hunting guide and outfitter. Our guides have years of experience in Florida alligator hunting, and they are sure to give you ample opportunity for a successful harvest this alligator season.

The Alligator Application Process

The process of receiving an Alligator Trapping License is tricky at times. Tags are given out through a lottery system. Applicants fill out an application worksheet by choosing which units they want to apply for.  Alligator hunting applications can be filled out online. You can also fill out a physical copy by downloading this form. Once an application has been filled out, take it to your local Tax Collector’s Office for submission (physical copies only).

Tags are drawn about a week after the application deadline. If you were drawn, you will see the permit under licenses in your FWC account. Many Florida outdoor enthusiasts download the FWC mobile application. The app is a quick and easy way to keep your licenses and permits organized, purchase licenses, check sunrise/sunset times, and report a Gator harvest. iPhone users can download the app. alligator license

Hunters Envy has put together an application worksheet with lakes and rivers that we believe will bring success to our clients. If you are interested in applying, we are happy to provide you with a list of locations for gator hunting in Florida and harvest units.

How do we hunt Alligators?

Florida has some unique regulations for the legal methods of harvesting Alligators. Learn more about harvesting Alligators regulations.

Clients can expect a fun time on the boats with our guides. You can expect to see the breathtaking views of boating on Florida’s rivers and lakes while also searching for all of the eyes above the water’s surface. Once an alligator is spotted, we use a fishing pole with a large treble hook to cast over and hook onto the alligator. We then have to race against time to get the alligator as close to the boat as possible.

Many times, the alligators like to swim straight down to the bottom, where they use the mud to their advantage. Once the alligator is next to the boat and connected to a restraining line, we use a bang stick to immobilize and harvest the alligator. It is a very fast-paced, adrenaline-rushing, and thrilling hunt. 

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Fun Facts

  • Did you know that the only legal way of harvesting an Alligator is by using a bang stick? Watch it in action. 
  • There is an estimated 1.25 million Alligators in the state of Florida. (
  • Alligators can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime. (
  • Male Alligators can grow up to 15 feet & females can grow up to 9 feet. (


We are getting very excited for another successful alligator hunting season we hope you are too.  Want to go Alligator hunting with us?  Then please visit our Florida Alligator hunting page on our website for information about tags, prices, and other information about Alligator Season. We hope to see you on a trip this year.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us. A team member will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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