Alligator Hunting Hours Extended in Florida – NBC 7 San Diego

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Alligators in Florida will be targeted for 24-hour hunting when the next hunting season begins in August.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a final change Tuesday that will extend what had been primarily night hunting, between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m., to 24 hours during the season.

Supporters said the change will help hunters better time trips and potentially allow more young and older hunters to participate, as they might feel more comfortable hunting during the day.

Florida has an estimated 1.3 million alligators, and the annual hunt, which runs from August 15 to November 1, results in the deaths of some 7,500 alligators.

Each year, the state issues about 7,500 permits, with 40 percent to 50 percent of permit holders reaching a limit of two alligators, said Brooke Talley, coordinator of the commission’s Alligator Management Program.

An additional 7,500 alligators a year die from other incidents.

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