Florida native John Stevely bagged his first alligator on August 15th, the first day of Florida’s alligator hunting season. It was six-foot-two in length and weighed about a hundred pounds.
“The big one got away,” he said.
Stevely will have another chance to catch “the big one” as he is allowed to harvest a total of two alligators during the season which ends on the morning of November 1st.
He was among more than 10,000 applicants who applied for about 6,000 available permits,
according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Legal hunting hours are between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. The cost of a season permit to Florida residents is $272; non-residents pay $1,022, and residents with a disability hunt and fish license pay $22.