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LDWF announces 2014 alligator lottery hunts

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - In order to continue to provide alligator harvest opportunities to the general public, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will select eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on five Coastal & Nongame Resources  Division Wildlife Management Areas, 15 Wildlife Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and 25 public lakes for the 2014 alligator harvest season.

Interested participants may print out an application from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or request an application by phone for CNR Division WMAs at 337-373-0032 or Wildlife Division WMAs and public lakes at 225-765-2346.

Applications and non-refundable application fees must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications and be postmarked by July 5. Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications may be submitted per applicant.  Additional applications will result in voiding all applications of the applicant.

The lottery alligator harvests will be conducted between Aug. 27 and Oct. 2.  Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lake and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified.  Selected hunters may be assigned specific areas to conduct alligator harvest activities on certain WMAs/public lakes.

Applicants must be a legal Louisiana resident and 16 years of age or older. All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license. Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments for each alligator tag allocated.