2017 marks the eleventh season of modern-day alligator hunting in Arkansas. The largest alligator taken to date has been 13 feet, 10 inches, which was taken in the 2015 season.
“We always have some big gators come in during the hunt,” said Mark Barbee, regional biologist at the AGFC’s Monticello regional office. “It seems like each year was trading back and forth between the southwest and the southeast corners of the state for who could break the record.”
According to Barbee, biologists finished their alligator surveys in the last month and 101 permits will be available in this year’s drawing. Private-land-at-large tags will represent 60 of those permits, 21 will be available for public land in Alligator Zone 1 (Southeast Arkansas), and 20 will be available for public land in Zone 3 (Southwest Arkansas).
Private-land-at-large tags are available through the regular draw application process, but people who are drawn must provide written landowner permission and a map identifying their hunt area at a mandatory orientation.
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