Alligator Hunting News

Texas Expands Use of Suppressors for Hunting of Non-exotic Game

Officials in Texas have adopted rules allowing hunters to use suppressors (often called silencers) on their firearms effective September 1, 2012. Texas has now become one of a growing number of states that allow or are considering allowing suppressed hunting. Arizona just enacted permission for their use in March of 2012.

“Swamp People” Star Mitchell Guist Dies After Falling from Boat

swampThe History Channel has lost one of the stars of its hit show Swamp People. Mitchell Guist, half of the much loved, rough cut, alligator-hunting Guist brothers has died after falling out of his boat in Louisiana, reportedly after suffering some form of seizure. However, the official cause of death has yet to be determined by Louisiana officials.

Nuisance Alligator Hunter Permit Application Deadline March 15 in Texas

Nuisance alligator control hunters have until March 15 to apply for a permit under new rules adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Arkansas Traffic Stop Leads to Arrests for Possession and Sale of Alligators

What began as a simple traffic stop Jan. 30 led to several citations for illegal possession and sale of alligators. An Arkansas State Police trooper pulled over Patrick Fenton and Jerry Allen on Arkansas Highway 19 in Pike County. During the traffic stop, the trooper noticed a diaper box that turned out to have a baby alligator in it. The trooper immediately contacted AGFC wildlife officers.

Texas PWD Amends Nuisance Alligator Permit Process

Landowners will be able to contract directly with nuisance alligator hunters under new rules adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Over the past 20 years, once imperiled alligator population in Texas have rebounded spectacularly. Increased suburban, exurban, an industrial development in an adjacent to coastal counties, particularly along the mid- and upper coast, has resulted in increasing number of nuisance alligator complaints, especially in areas biologically characterized by diminishing or little to no habitat.

Franklin, Louisiana, Man Pleads Guilty to Alligator Violations

A Franklin man pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 in the Lafayette Division of the Western District Federal Court of Louisiana to alligator charges.

Federal Magistrate Michael Hill sentenced Daniel A. Edgar, 62, to pay a $2,000 fine for pleading guilty to taking alligators from an unapproved area.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Edgar on Sept. 7, 2006 in Iberia and St. Martin parishes for running alligator lines set in areas in the Atchafalaya Basin.  Edgar did not have alligator tags for where his alligator lines were set.

Florida WC Seeks Alligator Trappers for Martin, Palm Beach Counties

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers in Martin and Palm Beach counties.

Nuisance Alligator Trapper Needed for Putnam Co., Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for a contracted nuisance alligator trapper in Putnam County.

Applicants must be residents of Putnam County and have a clean criminal history, including no fish or wildlife law violations. Preference will be given to those who live west of County Road 315. 

Alabama Hunters Recognized for Largest Gators

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) recently recognized four hunters for harvesting the largest alligators during the recent hunting season. The recognition is based on the weight and length of the harvested alligators as well as the hunting zones. A total of 250 tags were issued in three hunting zones this year and 158 were filled.

Mississippi's First Alligator Hunt in Pearl River Zone Postponed Due to Hazardous River Conditions

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has determined, due to hazardous conditions on the Pearl River, the Pearl River Zone Alligator hunt originally scheduled for September 9 and 10 will be postponed.