Alligator Hunt License and Permits

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Review the alligator trapping license, statewide harvest permit permit application process and fee information on the Statewide Alligator Harvest Permit information page.

A hunting license is not required.

Permit holders may have alligator trapping agents assist, while in the permit holder's presence and on the same boat. Agents unless other wise exempt must have a license. Agent’s licenses are $52 for residents and nonresidents and may be purchased anywhere recreational hunting and fishing licenses are sold. An alligator trapping agent license is not required for a child under 16 years of age taking alligators under an alligator harvest program implemented by commission rule. A child under 16 years of age is required to be accompied by a licensed Alligator Trapper.

Note:  If you have a valid Alligator Trapping License, you do not need to purchase an Agent's License to assist a permitted alligator trapper in his/her presence and on the same boat.

Unlicensed persons can ride in the boat if they do not participate in the activities that involve the take of an alligator. 

Boating restrictions are regulated by local or regional governments, and information on those restrictions can be provided only by those entities.  WMA regulations apply when hunting with WMAs. People who receive a county-wide alligator harvest permit can hunt on any area they can legally access in the specified county, but cannot hunt on other harvest units that have their own quota and permit requirements.  Alligator trapping is also prohibited in other places, such as State Parks and within incorporated areas.

Guides who are licensed alligator trappers or agents can help permit holders with their alligator hunt.  Outfitters and guides can be found on We do not endorse or make any claims to the legitimacy of the vendors listed.  There is no FWC licensing requirements for guides; however, USCG Captain Licenses may be required in some areas.

For official regulations and information on the seasons, methods, and fees, refer to the“2016 Alligator Harvest Training & Orientation Manual”.  You will find the answers to many questions in this manual. 

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