Starting early each September, good alligator hunting can be found in the state of Georgia. These hunts help control the gator population and provide recreational hunting opportunities for those seeking to hunt this big, prehistoric reptile. If you are heading out gator hunting in Georgia, make sure you are in one of the open hunting zones. For purpose of managing, hunting and dispersing alligator harvest, Georgia is divided into 9 alligator hunting zones as follows:
Alligator Zone 01 – Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Early, Marion, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell and Webster Counties. (Q=65)
Alligator Zone 02 – Baker, Decatur, Grady, Miller, Mitchell and Seminole Counties. (Q=140)
Alligator Zone 03 – Crawford, Crisp, Dooly, Dougherty, Houston, Lee, Macon, Peach, Schley, Sumter, Taylor and Worth Counties (Q=60)
Alligator Zone 04 – Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Thomas, Tift and Turner Counties (Q=85)
Alligator Zone 05 – Ben Hill, Bibb, Bleckley, Coffee, Dodge, Jeff Davis, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Wheeler, Wilcox and Wilkinson Counties (Q=70)
Alligator Zone 06 – Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Pierce and Ware Counties (Q=100)
Alligator Zone 07 – Appling, Glynn, Long, McIntosh, Tattnall, Toombs and Wayne Counties (Q=130)
Alligator Zone 08 – Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Chatham (excluding the Bradley River, Cane Patch and Rush Creek areas within the boundaries of Ossabaw Island Natural Heritage Preserve), Effingham, Evans, and Liberty, Counties (Q=120)
Alligator Zone 09 – Burke, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Richmond, Screven, and Washington (Q=80)
Although gators can be hunted on habitat found on private lands in these zones, public alligator hunting is also available. Georgia wildlife management areas (WMA) located in the legal zones are open to alligator hunting provided that the WMA has open small game dates that coincide with the open season for alligators unless otherwise specified. Hunters must apply for alligator permits in Georgia prior to the hunting season.
Hunters should refer to the WMA listing in the 2010-2011 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations booklet for more information which is available online around mid-July of each year.