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Alligator Hunting

2023 Permit Application Schedule (Dates are subject to change)

Alligator | Public Land   Alligator | Private Land
June 10, 8 a.m. Application period begins     
June 18, 11:59 p.m. Application deadline 


Alligator Zone Map Public Land Alligator Hunting Information


AMZ 1 


Public Land Alligator Permit Application Requirements

  • Only Arkansas residents with a Resident Sportsman Hunting License or holders of a Lifetime Sportsman's Permit may apply.
  • A $5 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply.
  • Applicants must be 16 or older in order to apply or participate in the hunt (including assistants).
  • Applicants with 18 or more violation points are ineligible to apply.

Public Land Alligator Hunt Details
Public land alligator hunts are held on designated areas of the Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc WMA, Sulphur River WMA, Little River below Millwood Lake, Millwood Lake, Lake Erling and the Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex. All other public areas are closed to alligator hunting.

Private Land Alligator Permit Requirements

  • Permits will be sold through the online license and permitting website.
  • Permits will be added to the hunter’s license.
  • There is a $5 application fee.
  • Applicants must be 16 or older in order to apply or participate in the hunt (including assistants).
  • It will be up to the hunter to obtain landowner permission in accordance with AGFC Code of Regulations.

Private Land Alligator Hunt Details
The Private Land Alligator Hunt takes place only in Alligator Management Zones 1, 2 and 3. All private land alligator permits will be purchased through the AGFC online license and permitting website. The quota-based hunt system will be used for all AMZ’s. AGFC must be contacted immediately after harvest by calling 833-356-0824 for confirmation of harvest. Each day, hunters must call the AGFC Wildlife Hotline (833-345-0398) and select option 4 (Alligator Management Zone Quota Status) to determine if the season zone quota has been met. All harvested alligators have to be checked online at within 12 hours of harvest. The private land alligator season ends early if the quota is reached. Limit of one alligator greater than 4 feet per person, per year.

Statewide Alligator Hunt Information

Subduing and capturing an alligator

  • Watch | Proper method for rigging a snare.
  • Watch | Proper rigging of a handheld harpoon.
  • Watch | Use of a shotgun bang stick to dispatch an alligator.