Texas is opening up nuisance alligator hunting to the public. More gators are showing up in residential areas, and the state can’t keep up.
The following is a list of helpful items, tips and recommendations to enhance your hunting experience and success. You are highly encouraged to review the Alligators in Texas informational booklet.
- All hunters must have a valid Texas general hunting license
- One line or one method at a time per hunter
- Resource document needed for temporary tagging of the alligator
Means and Methods
Legal means for taking alligators in the wild are:
One or more of the following legal means and methods may be used for the taking an alligator, but only ONE method at a time can be utilized:
- Hook and Line (line set). Line sets must be secured on private property. Hook-bearing lines may not be set prior to the open season and shall be removed no later than sunset on the last day of the season. Each baited line shall be labeled with a plainly visible, permanent, and legibly marked gear tag that contains the full name and current address of the person who set the line and the hunting license number of the person who set the line. Line sets shall be inspected daily and alligators shall be killed, documented, and removed IMMEDIATELY upon discovery.
- Lawful Archery equipment (with barbed arrow) – longbow, recurve bow, or compound bow with reel device and arrows with line of at least 300# test securely attached to the barbed fish point.
- Hand-held Snare – size No. 4 or larger with integral locking mechanism attached to 50 feet of at least 300# test line and a long pole.
- Alligator Gig – may be used only when a line of at least 300# test is securely attached to the hook or head of the device in such a manner to prevent separation from the hook or head until the carcass is retrieved. The other end of the line must be attached to a stationary or floating object capable of maintaining the line above water when an alligator is attached.
A line attached to an arrow, snare, or gig must have a float attached to the line. The float shall be no less than 6″ x 6″ x 8″ or, if the float is spherical, no less than 8″ in diameter.
Firearms may be used to take alligators only on private property. It is unlawful to take an alligator by means of firearms from, in, on, across or over public water. Centerfire only; rimfire unlawful, except for dispatch.
An alligator captured on a taking device (line set, lawful archery equipment, gig, or snare) must be killed immediately.