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Texas Alligator Hunting Season Starts This Week

Texas alligator hunting season begins September 10th, are you ready?

This year, Texas alligator hunting season begins September 10th and lasts until September 30th for the "core" counties. The rules of the game are as follows:

  • "Core" Counties: Angelina, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler and Victoria counties.
  • No person may hunt an alligator in this state unless that person is in possession of a valid hunting license.
  • Bag Limit for Core Counties: One alligator per unused hide tag in possession.
  • Alligators MAY NOT be hunted by means of firearms from, on, in, across, or over public water.
  • Lawful hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Complete rules, regulations, and general information can be found in this TPWD Guide.

Alligator hunting is an important part of regulating the population. Since US alligators were removed from the endangered species list in 1978, hunting has helped maintain habitat in order to support an appropriate population level. This part of habitat management benefits the general alligator future population.

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Texas Alligator Hunting Season Starts This Week