SOCIAL CIRCLE — The deadline to apply for an alligator permit for the 2012 season in Georgia is July 31.
Hunters must apply for an alligator quota hunt online with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division before midnight July 31. Selected hunters will receive a temporary harvest tag (permit) and information packet by mail in early August. The 2012 alligator hunting season is Sept. 1-Oct. 7.
“The alligator hunt is consistently one of the most popular quota opportunities in Georgia, with thousands applying each year,” said John Bowers, assistant chief of Game Management, Wildlife Resources Division. “Those who are selected should have a great crop of animals. We have seen numerous alligators reaching anywhere from 11 to 13 feet and longer.”
Georgia has nine alligator zones. Of the top five alligators harvested in each zone, all were 11 feet or longer.
To apply, use the following instructions:
• Go to www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/quota. Then click on “Access the NEW Quota Hunt System!”
• Read the instructions under the “About” tab.
• Create an account, even if you have had an account in the old system. (The new system was launched in 2012.)
• Apply using the instructions provided under the “About” tab.
Applicants’ email addresses must be correct so they can receive quota updates, confirmations and other notices about quota hunts.
Application status can be checked through the online account starting Aug. 1.