Alligator Hunting

Get You a Gator

Folks from across the country are mesmerized by the thought of actually going out and catching an alligator. Many do not believe that a lot of us live in such close proximity to these dangerous creatures. Of course, the History channel’s reality TV show “Swamp People” brought the spectacle of alligator hunting to living rooms across the country. Do-it-yourself recreational opportunities for Louisiana residents to hunt alligators are limited to special lottery draw programs. However, residents and nonresidents can hire a commercial guide for a unique, thrilling experience that can only be had in a few states.

Alligators were once threatened with extinction and for many years, there was no hunting allowed. Thanks to strict management and a cooperative effort with the commercial industry, the population has been brought back to sustainable levels. For information on Louisiana resident alligator hunting or hiring an alligator hunting guide:


East Zone
August 28 – September 26

West Zone
September 4 – October 3

Alligator hunters must qualify for landowners tags or hunt with a licensed hunter/helper with available tags. Louisiana residents may also apply for special lottery area hunts awarded by random drawing.


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