Everglades Alligator Hunting
Hunting Florida alligators is one of the most unique hunts in North America. Everglades alligator hunting takes place on both private and public land, as alligators inhabit the swamps and waterways across the state. Trophy Florida alligators are very territorial and can consistently be found frequenting their favorite areas giving our guides the opportunity to locate and pattern large gators. We hunt for gators both during the day and at night. We receive a limited number of private land tags annually that we can offer our clients.
On private land, most of our hunts are sight and stalk with a rifle. Once we locate an alligator we will try to get as close as possible without spooking it and sending it underwater. Alligators are very wary, have excellent hearing, sight, smell, and can sense the vibration created by your footsteps.
If you are lucky enough to get a public land tag we have all of the equipment needed for a safe, comfortable, successful Everglades alligator hunting experience. Most public land hunts take place at night with hook and line. We will locate your alligator and cast a bait to it. Once the gator takes the bait, you will battle it to the boatside and then use a bang-stick to dispatch it. Alligator meat is delicious and the hide can be tanned and used to make a multitude of leather goods, or mounted and hung on a wall. Processing and taxidermy are available for an extra charge.
Private land alligator hunts take place year round and we are issued a limited number of private land tags through the FWC that we can provide for our hunters.
Public land alligator hunting in Florida takes place in designated hunt zones and dates (usually between August and November) and permits are available on a limited entry basis. This means you must apply and draw a tag in a random draw lottery. The application period for this hunt is usually the last 2 weeks of May. We hunt zones 103, 106, 108, 109, 118, 119, 120, 121, 409, 601, 602, 603, and 604.
Licenses AND PERMITS
Find out which public land licenses and permits are required and apply here.
What To Bring
Rifle on Private land hunts (we can supply a rifle if you do not have one)
Large Cooler with Ice