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Guide To Drawing An Alabama Alligator Permit
By Mike Bolton
Posted Tuesday June 27 2017, 5:34 PM
Alabama’s online alligator registration will run until 8 a.m. on July 11. In all, 260 lucky hunters will be selected for a coveted gator tag in one of four hunting areas.
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There’s still time to play the Alabama lottery. You say Alabama doesn’t have a lottery? Of course it does. It has an alligator lottery.

Thousands across Alabama began plopping down their money on June 2 for the chance their name will be drawn to receive an alligator hunting tag this summer. The online registration will run through 8 a.m. on July 11.

A total of 260 alligator tags will be drawn, allowing gator hunters to try their luck in one of four hunting zones.

The cost to apply for a tag is $22, and individuals may register one time per zone. The $22 fee only guarantees that you will get your name in the hat. The tags are drawn at random by computer.

Only Alabama residents ages 16 years or older may apply for tags. Any hunter chosen, as well as those they select to help them during the hunt, must have valid hunting license in their possession while hunting.

Are you ready to live out your Swamp Hunters fantasy? You may register for an alligator tag at

Hunters will be randomly selected by computer to receive one tag each.  The tags are not transferable to other hunters to prevent scalping. The process utilizes a preference-point system that increases the odds for those who register every year to be chosen for a tag. If an applicant skips a year and does not register for the hunt, or is selected for a hunt, the preference point status is forfeited.

Tag winners will be listed online at on July 12 after 12 p.m. Those selected to receive a tag must confirm their acceptance online by 8 a.m. on July 19. After that date, alternates will be notified to fill any vacancies.

Tag winners must attend a mandatory WFF alligator-hunting course in the zone for which they were selected. If the hunter has received a tag and attended a previous course, they are exempted from this requirement.

Should a hunter be chosen for a tag at two or more locations, they must choose which location they would like to hunt. The slot for locations not chosen will be filled from a list of randomly selected alternates.

The hunting zones, total tags issued per zone and hunt dates are as follows:

Southwest Alabama Zone: 150 tags.
Locations: Private and public waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties and private and public waters in Washington, Clarke and Monroe counties that lie east of U.S. Highway 43 and south of U.S. Highway 84.
Dates: 8 p.m. Aug. 10 through 6 a.m.  Aug. 13 and 8 p.m. Aug. 17 through Aug. 20 (Nighttime only)

Southeast Alabama Zone: 40 tags.
Private and public waters in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Russell counties (excluding public Alabama state waters in Walter F. George Reservoir/Lake Eufaula and its navigable tributaries).
Dates: 8 p.m. Aug. 12 through 6 a.m. Sept. 4 (Nighttime only)

West Central Alabama Zone: 50 tags.
Private and public waters in Monroe (north of U.S. Highway 84), Wilcox and Dallas counties.
Dates: 8 p.m. Aug. 10 through 6 a.m. Aug. 13 and 8 p.m. Aug. 17 through 6 a.m. Aug. 20 (Nighttime only)

Lake Eufaula Zone: 20 tags.
Location: Public state waters only in the Walter F. George Reservoir/Lake Eufaula and its navigable tributaries, south of Alabama Highway 208 at Omaha Bridge (excludes Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge).
Dates: Sunset Aug. 18 through Sunrise Oct. 2. (Day and Nighttime)

Note: An 8-foot minimum length requirement is in effect for alligators harvested in the Lake Eufaula Zone. There is no minimum length for hunts in the other zones.
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