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Time To Git'cher Alligator Hunting Permit
Okefenokee Swamp

If you’ve ever wanted to trap alligators, now’s the time to apply for a hunting license.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission started accepting applications this morning for the 11-week long hunting season that runs from mid-August to November 1st.

Tony Young, with the Florida Division of Hunting and Game Management, says hunters can go after alligators pretty much anywhere in Florida. Just not with a gun.

"It isn't 'Swamp People.' You can't do it like you do on TV with those guys in Louisiana. It's a little bit harder to hunt them in Florida," says Young. "You can use a harpoon, a spear-gun, a compound bow, a cross-bow, a salt water fishing rod with a big treble hook on the end of it that you snatch them with."

There are nearly 6,000 alligator hunting permits available this year at a cost of $272 for Florida residents and $1,022 for non-residents.

Hunters are limited to 2 alligators each.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.