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Florida Alligator Hunting Classes Offered

July 14, 2005

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering alligator hunters no-cost, three-hour classes to help prepare them for the coming statewide alligator harvest, which runs Sept. 1 through Oct. 8.

This is an opportunity for

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hunters who have never participated in the state’s alligator hunts to learn what hunting alligators is all about. The class topics include: preparing for the hunt; hunting techniques and safety; harvesting and processing; caring for your alligator skin; and alligator rules and regulations.

Classes will be offered at the following locations:

Saturday, July 30, 1 - 4 p.m., Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. Hwy. 98 North, Okeechobee. For directions call (863) 462-5195.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 6 - 9 p.m., Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites, 2900 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville. For directions call (352) 377-4000.

Saturday, Aug. 6, 1 - 4 p.m., Holiday Inn International Drive Resort, 6515 International Dr., Orlando. For directions call (407) 351-3500.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 - 9 p.m., Bryant Building, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 620 South Meridian St., Tallahassee. For directions call (850) 488-3831.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 1 - 4 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 1700 East 9th Ave., Tampa. For directions call (813) 769-9267.

Saturday, Aug. 20, 1 - 4 p.m., South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Rd., West Palm Beach. For directions call (561) 686-8800 or (863) 462-5195.

Since 1988, the FWC has offered alligator hunts, which provide a thrilling, hands-on, face-to-face hunting adventure that is unlike any other hunting experience imaginable.

Sale of alligator permits began June 6, but more than 2,000 Alligator Harvest Permits are still available on a first-come, first-served basis through Sept. 20. Permit holders are authorized to take two alligators from designated areas during specific harvest periods. Alligator harvest areas are listed at under “Alligator Harvest Permit Availability.”

Applicants have their preference of applying at any county tax collector’s office, license agent (retail outlet that sells hunting and fishing licenses), online at or by calling toll-free 1-888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356) from anywhere in the United States or Canada.



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