LDWF announces alligator season opening dates
East zone begins Aug. 28, West zone starts Sept. 4
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plans to issue more than 38,000 alligator tags for the 2013 season, and estimates more than 34,000 gators will be harvested.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plans to issue more than 38,000 alligator tags to licensed hunters through Sept. 4, according to a press release.
The department estimates more than 34,000 gators will be harvested in the 2013 season, which opens Aug. 28 in the East zone and on Sept. 4 in the West zone.
According to the release, harvested alligators will range from 4- to 12-feet in length, with an average size of 7 feet, 6 inches.
“There is good demand for alligator skins and meat, and we expect to see a good harvest season with prices at least equal to last year’s average of $23.50 per foot,” said LDWF Alligator Program Manager Noel Kinler. “We will issue an estimated 3,000 licenses to Louisiana residents and over 500 to non-resident sport hunters.”
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