Friday, July 24, 2009

Free Alligator Hunting Class Opens

Gator Hunting Season Opens August 15
CLEWISTON, FL. -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering alligator hunters a no-cost, three-hour classes to help them prepare for the August 15 through November 1 statewide alligator harvest. 

Attendance is not mandatory for licensed hunters, but the FWC recommends that participants attend, especially if they have not previously hunted for alligators.  Class topics include preparing for the hunt, hunting techniques and safety, harvesting and processing, caring for your alligator hide and alligator hunting rules and regulations. 

Also, people who do not have an alligator harvest permit can attend if they want to learn what hunting alligators is all about. Reservations are not required to attend a class.

Classes will be offered at the locations around Florida including August 2nd (Sunday), from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. Hwy 98 North.  For directions call 863-462-5195.

All hunt permits have been sold for this year; however, alligator trapping agent permits are available for $52.  Agent permits enable permit holders to assist a licensed trapper in taking alligators. For more information on these exciting alligator hunts, visit and click Statewide Hunts.

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