Florida Extends Alligator Hunting Season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has set an 11-week 2006 alligator hunting season, an increase by six weeks over last year, officials announced Monday.

Hunters also will be able to purchase more than one permit for the hunt set for Aug. 15 through Nov. 1.

The 4,300 permits are available to both residents and nonresidents and allow for two alligator kills per permit, said commission spokesman Tony Young.

The commission in February made the decision to extend the season to offer more time to hunters interested in participating, Young said.

Last year, the commission sold just 2,770 of the 4,300 available permits, he said.

Sales begin at 10 a.m. on June 15. Applicants may apply at any county tax collector's office, retail outlets that sell hunting and fishing licenses, online or by calling the commission at (888) 486-8356.

The cost is $272 for Florida residents and $1,022 for nonresidents. Each additional permit is $62.