- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Let the quest for alligator hunting begin in Alabama.

Registration for the state’s 11th regulated alligator hunting began Friday, Al.com (https://bit.ly/1U00wtx) reported. Residents interested in hunting in any of the state’s four hunting zones should complete the registration by 8 a.m. on July 12.

Hunting season begins Aug. 11 and 260 tags are up for grabs.

The administrative fee to apply for an alligator possession tag is $22 and individuals may register one time per zone.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says the tag is free but selected hunters and their assistants are required to have valid hunting licenses in their possession while hunting.

Only Alabama residents over the age of 16 can apply for a tag.

Alabama lifetime license holders may apply for a tag, though, even if they have moved out of the state. Hunters will be randomly chosen by computer to receive one tag each, and the tags are non-transferable, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The drawing will take place on July 12. Those selected must confirm their acceptance online by 8 a.m. on July 19. Alternates will be notified to fill any vacancies after that date.

Applicants drawn for the hunt must attend a mandatory zone-specific alligator training course provided by the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.

An 8-foot minimum length requirement is in effect for alligators harvested the in Lake Eufaula Zone. There is no minimum length for hunts in the other zones.

Hunting hours are 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the Southwest, Southeast and West Central Zones. For the Lake Eufaula Zone, hunting is allowed both day and night. All Alabama hunting and boating regulations must be followed.

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