SOCIAL CIRCLE — Hunters who want a chance at a Georgia gator have got to get their quota applications in by July 31.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, 1,000 applicants will be selected for the
2015 alligator hunting season, which begins Aug. 14 at sunset and ends at sunrise Oct. 5.In 2014, a total of 238 alligators were harvested with an average length of 8 feet 4 inches, with the longest gator measuring 13 feet 3 inches.
“In keeping with years past, I expect that we will have well over 10,000 applicants for alligator hunt permits,” said John Bowers, chief of the Game Management Section. “If you have not yet started applying for this unique chance, you need to consider putting in an application this year.”
In Georgia, alligators typically live south of the fall line (which roughly traverses the cities of Columbus, Macon and Augusta), occupying a variety of natural wetland habitats including marshes, swamps, rivers, farm ponds and lakes.
As opportunistic carnivores, they eat small mammals, aquatic insects, crayfish, frogs, fish, turtles, water birds and more.
To apply, go to www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/quota. The new quota-hunt system, which debuted in June, allows applicants to use their existing license purchase account so there is no separate quota-application system requiring customers to remember a different user name or password. Those applying should be sure to keep their email and mailing address current in order to receive quota updates, confirmations and any notices about quota hunts.
Applicants can check their application statuses through their account after the July 31 deadline. Selected hunters will receive a temporary harvest tag and information packet by mail in early August.
For more information, go to www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/Alligator.