Florida expands alligator hunting hours to 24 hours a day


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the statewide alligator hunt this week.

Nope, this isn’t a load of croc(k).

The FWC approved increasing hunting hours and adding precharged pneumatic airbows to the legal methods of “taking” an alligator.

The hours increased from 17 hours a day to 24 hours a day during the season.

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They also added precharged pneumatic airbows to the legal methods to help “assist hunters with mobility challenges and youth or smaller framed hunters who might have limited dexterity or strength.”

The statewide alligator hunting season begins on August 15 and ends on the morning of November 1. The FWC will be issuing over 7,300 alligator harvest permits through three random drawings and a final leftover phase.

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Visit MyFWC.com/Alligator for more information.

About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.