- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plans to issue 68 permits to alligators hunters this year.

Arkansas’s 2016 alligator season runs Sept. 16-19 and Sept. 23-26, and hunting is only allowed at night.

Permit holders are required to attend a hunter orientation class before being issued their permits. Successful private land at-large applicants also must provide written landowner permission and a map of their proposed hunt area.

Alligator hunters scan the surface of the water with spotlights from a boat, pinpointing alligators before easing up to them with a harpoon or a hand-held snare. Once snared, alligators are known to roll, dive and thrash violently during the fight, and the larger the gator, the harder it pulls.

Once captured, all alligators must be tagged and hunters must notify the commission.

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