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Deadline to get gator hunting license nears

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By Jane Katte

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Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is issuing the last of this year's gator-hunting permits. Jane Katte reports, new regulations allow hunters more flexibility.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is extending the daytime hours hunters are allowed to harvest alligators. Although gator-hunting is traditionally a nighttime pursuit, state alligator biologist Steve Stiegler says it's possible to find alligators while the sun is shining.

"We believe it'll be more difficult to take alligators during the daytime hours, but there are some alligators that are out swimming during the evening and early morning hours, and this will give people the opportunity to attempt to take alligators during that time."

Under the new rules, hunters can be active from 5pm to 10am, an increase of about four daytime hours from the previous limit.