Posted July 8, 2016 10:00 am by Comments

By Duncan Johnson

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

LITTLE ROCK-( Sixty-eight lucky individuals will be heading to the swamps this September in search of one of Arkansas’s largest big game species. Arkansas’s 2016 alligator season is Sept. 16-19 and Sept. 23-26, and hunting is only allowed at night.

All permit winners must attend a hunter orientation class before being issued their permits. Orientation classes will be held from 9-11 a.m., August 6 at the AGFC’s regional offices in Hope and Monticello. Another orientation class will be available from 9-11 a.m., August 13 at the AGFC Headquarters in Little Rock. Permit winners will need to bring $35 for the processing of their permit. Successful private land at-large applicants also must provide written landowner permission and a map of their proposed hunt area.

Alligator hunting isn’t for the faint of heart. Hunters scan the surface of the water with spotlights from a boat, pinpointing alligators before easing up to them with a harpoon or handheld snare.

“Alligator’s eyes glow red in the light,” said Mark Barbee, the AGFC biologist in Monticello who coordinates the annual alligator hunt. “Easing up to them with a pole-mounted snare or harpoon can …Read the Rest

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