Florida’s wetlands provide an unparalleled gator hunting experience. Nothing compares to the sound of the boat and the thrill of chasing a prehistoric creature through marsh and land.
America’s Gators, Alligatormississippiensis, is the largest reptile in North America, and Florida’s murky waters possess some of the bulkiest specimens of this amazing creature! According to Defenders.org, this giant reptile utilizes a powerful tail to stealthily move through brackish waters. The tail accounts for half of the Gators’ mass. Gators appear to be oily patches in the water when submerged and rock-like when lifting their studded head from the water. An estimated 125 million Gators call Florida home.
Florida is renowned for its Alligator harvest program. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the program was instated during 1988. Since creation, the program has acted as a nationwide model for sustainable use of natural resources. Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission grants Alligator hunting permits to anyone who’s 18 years of age or older. Additionally, you must purchase 2 CITES tags for the capture of alligators. The Convention on International Trade of Wild Fauna and flora, referred to as CITES, is an agreement between the World’s governments that ensures trade of endangered species doesn’t threaten survival (Cites.org). An Alligator trapping license is also required. The Alligator trapping license is valid for the entire Alligator harvest season.
If you want to experience the wildest hunt available in South Florida this is it. Fair chase, public land, no guns and wild alligators!!
This year's alligators will be hunted on Lake Okeechobee.
We get a very limited number of tags each year and hunts take place from Aug. 15th- Oct. 31.
10 tags left for 2018
Call or Email for available dates
We hunt from a new 25ft skiff with plenty of space for a party of up to four hunters with
all equipment is included.
'Gators 9ft+ (sometimes they are 11ft) $1600, normally this is a 4-6 hour trip
If you want to trophy hunt for an alligator no less than 10+ft its $2200, plan on two 4-6 hour trips although sometimes it happens a lot faster.
Anyone planning to get hands-on during the hunt will need a trappers agent lic. that costs $52.50
Processing: I will be happy to deliver your gator to a processor for you. They charge
different fees each year but ballpark figures are:
This hunt is safe for the whole family and you are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.
What can I do with my harvest? Alligator makes for a versatile material. According to Alligator.net, shoes, boots, wallets, handbags, luggage, cases, hats, belts, and just about anything made from leather can be crafted from Gator hide. Moreover, Gator is good eatin’. Some say Gator tastes like a mixture of chicken and fish. For those interested in making a profit from their catch, University of Florida informs us that Alligator meat can be sold, without inspection. There isn’t a procedure for inspecting Gator meat.
While pursuing a Gator through South Florida, it’s best to go by shallow-draft boat. There is no better way to experience the thrill of the hunt. Shallow-draft boats can access shallow waters – the Gator’s natural lair.
Capt. Patrick Smith