The sophomore season of alligator hunting will get underway this month.
Thirty-two lucky hunters have been chosen for permits to hunt alligators in Arkansas. The season will be Sept. 19-22 and Sept. 26-29.
Approval to proceed with the 2008 alligator hunting season came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Aug. 11, followed by the closing of the permit application period on Aug. 15, according to the AGFC wildlife assistant chief Ricky Chastain. "This schedule allowed time for the staff to prepare and initiate the draw process immediately upon the Aug. 21 approval of the regulations," he said.
The draw process is now complete, and the following hunters have been selected to participate in the 2008 alligator hunting season.
John Brazeale: Sparkman -- Zone 1 Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc WMA
Nathaniel Bearden: Foreman -- Zone 1 Millwood Lake
Gregory Duggan: DeQueen -- Zone 1 Private Land At-Large
Drew Baker: Little Rock -- Zone 1 Private Land At-Large
Justin Wilson: Sheridan -- Zone 1 Private Land At-Large
Jason Glass: Taylor -- Zone 1 Private Land At-Large
Steven Corzine: Centerville -- Zone 1 Private Land At-Large
Steven Brown: Bryant -- Zone 3 Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex
Brent Boudra: Sheridan -- Zone 3 Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex
Kiley Ingle: Des Arc -- Zone 3 Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex
Bradley Brown: Watson -- Zone 3 Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex
Jeffrey Means: Searcy -- Zone 3 Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex
Lance Kemper: Searcy -- Zone 3 Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex
Aaron Ricca: Jonesboro -- Zone 3 Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex
Thomas Cooper: Judsonia -- Zone 3 Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex
Jeremy King: McGehee -- Zone 3 Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex
Reese Strickland: Little Rock -- Private Land At-Large
Tim Ellis: Alexander -- Private Land At-Large
Benjamin Boykin: Little Rock -- Private Land At-Large
Ryan Strebeck: Crossett -- Private Land At-Large
Chastain said that in addition to the seven alligator permits in Zone 1 that were available through the draw process, eight permits were made available directly to five private landowners based on surveys conducted in the spring. "In Zone 3, 13 permits were available through the draw process and four made directly available to four private landowners based on spring surveys," he explained.
The total of 32 alligator harvest permits in 2008 duplicates the number available in the inaugural hunt of 2007.
The next step in the alligator hunt process will be the issuance of letters to each of the successful permit applicants, Chastain said. "This letter will inform the hunters of their successful draw, confirm the area in which they are required to harvest their alligator and inform them of their required attendance at scheduled hunter orientation workshops," he said.
Two workshops, one at the AGFC Hope Regional Office and one at the AGFC Monticello Regional Office, will be conducted on Sept. 6. The following weekend, Sept. 13, one additional workshop will be conducted at the AGFC Little Rock Office for any hunters not able to make one of the other workshops.
All the workshops will begin at 6 p.m. and should be concluded by 8 p.m.
Chastain emphasized each holder of a Private Land At-Large permit must provide proof of having access to at least one tract of private land on which to hunt at the time they attend one of the orientation workshops. "This proof can be provided in the form of a map showing the location of the property and a signed letter from the landowner. The workshops will provide all the necessary details the hunters will need to know about the rules and regulations of the alligator hunt," he added.