Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Have you considered applying to participate in the Private Lands Alligator Program? The season has been extended from Sept. 1 - May 31st.
Details of the law change:
SECTION 1. Section 50-15-65(B)(3) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 183 of 2010, is further amended to read:
"(3) A landowner or lessee of property on which alligators occur may apply to the department for a permit to participate in the Private Lands Alligator Program. On those private lands the season for hunting and taking alligators is from September first through May thirty-first. On those lands in the private lands program only, unsecured alligators may be taken by firearms, provided no alligator may be taken by use of rim fire weapons or shotguns. Unsecured alligators may be taken only by firearms from thirty minutes before sunrise until thirty minutes after sunset. A person who takes an alligator by use of firearms must make a reasonable effort to recover the carcass at the time of taking or for the next ensuing forty-eight hours. A person using a firearm to take an alligator must have a gaff or grappling hook or other similar device to immediately locate and recover the carcass."