Alligator draw applications for 2023

The 2023 alligator draw application will open at 10 a.m. on June 1 and close on June 8 at 10 a.m.

The application process is an online electronic procedure that requires an email address and a processing fee of about $2.34. Applicants may only apply once in one zone of their choice.

Who can apply?

  • To be eligible to purchase an alligator hunting permit application you must be at least 16 years of age at the time of purchase
  • AND, must possess one of the following valid resident licenses to be eligible: Sportsman License, All-Game Hunting/Fishing License, Small Game Hunting/Fishing License, Apprentice Sportsman License, Apprentice All Game License, Apprentice Small Game License, Senior Exempt License, Disabled Exempt License, or a Lifetime License.

If you do not currently possess one of the pre-requisite licenses listed above: You may purchase a prerequisite license online, then immediately return to purchase your alligator hunting application.

How many times can I apply?

  • Customers may purchase an application in only one Alligator Hunting Zone of their choice.
  • There are 7 Zones: Northwest, Northeast, West Central, Southwest, South Central, Southeast, and the Pearl Ross Barnett Zone.

When will the drawing take place?

  • A random drawing for each hunting zone will be completed on about June 14 by a third-party entity.
  • A second drawing will occur on about June 22 to draw winners to fill any unpurchased permits that remain from the first drawing in each alligator hunting zone.
  • The second drawing will consist of all applicants who were not drawn in the first drawing.
  • The second drawing will occur only for zones that have unpurchased permits remaining from the first drawing.

How will winners be notified?

  • Winners will be notified via email with a link to purchase their permit.
  • An email address is required (notifications will be sent to winners via email).
  • Winners will have 48 hours to complete their online permit purchase.
  • The permit cost is $200.
  • Winners of the 2nd drawing will be notified by email and will also be provided a link to purchase their permit. They will have 48 hours to purchase their permit.
  • Additionally, customers may return to the Application Purchasing Page to “Check status” after 12:00 Noon on June 14 and June 22 to check to see if you have been drawn.
  • NEW FOR 2022: At the time of application, applicants can opt-in to receive SMS Text Notifications in addition to email notifications.

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