It's a fact of life here in southern Arkansas...alligators live among us. Did you know that there is an Alligator hunting season in Arkansas? There is and it's coming up in September but you need to register now if you want to go gator hunting this year.

There are three zones in Arkansas where you can hunt for gators. Zone 1 is southwest Arkansas, Zone 2 is south central Arkansas, and Zone 3 is southwest Arkansas.

Lisa Lindsey
Lisa Lindsey

A limited number of permits are available for hunting on public and private lands. There are also special hunting times with only nighttime hunting being allowed.

Alligator hiding in the weeds.
Scott Lewis

According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission,

Hunters who have access to private land in the alligator zones of south Arkansas can hunt through a quota-based system similar to the structure of the bear and elk hunts.


Alligator in the water

The Alligator season in Arkansas is held on two weekends in September. The weekend of September 20-23 and the weekend of September 27-30.

Last year, Melissa Phillips and her family caught a 12' 2" long alligator weighing 530lbs in Lewisville, Arkansas. You can read more about it here.

Heath Phillips, Shannon Vickers, and Craig Mosier
Heath Phillips, Shannon Vickers, and Craig Mosier


You can find out more information about hunting regulations at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commissions website. 

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