Florida Gator Hunters Get More Daylight Hours
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted Wednesday to extend alligator hunting hours. Previously it was one hour before sundown to one hour after sun-up, now the official times are from 5 pm to 10 am during the hunting season, August 15th-November 1st.
Florida's estimated alligator population is around a million. There are almost 7000 permits issued, each permit good for two gators. The FWC ran surveys and looked at other states' hunts for the time parameters. 80% of survey takers wanted more hours of daylight for hunting.
Some hunters think that hunting in the daylight will make it safer, able to get their bearings better in the lighter hours as well. Anglers are not as pleased, saying some hunters are very respectful where some are more like outlaws and have no respect for other people in the water. From Asbury Park Press.