The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will select eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on five LDWF Coastal & Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 15 LDWF Wildlife Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) property and 25 public lakes for the 2017 alligator harvest season.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will select eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on five LDWF Coastal & Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 15 LDWF Wildlife Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) property and 25 public lakes for the 2017 alligator harvest season.

Interested participants may print out an application from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or request an application by phone for CNR Division WMAs at 337-373-0032 or Wildlife Division WMAs and public lakes at 225-765-2346.

To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2016 by WMA or public lake on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program.

Here are the eligible areas:

CNR DIVISION WMAs

Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish

Pass a Loutre WMA, Plaquemines Parish

Pointe aux Chenes WMA, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes

Salvador/Timken WMAs, St. Charles Parish

Lake Boeuf WMA, Lafourche Parish

WILDLIFE DIVISION WMAs/USACE PROPERTIES 

Big Lake WMA, Tensas Parish

Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish

Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish

Elm Hall WMA, Assumption Parish

Grassy Lake WMA, Avoyelles Parish

Joyce WMA, Tangipahoa Parish

Manchac WMA, St. John the Baptist Parish

Maurepas Swamp WMA, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes

Sherburne WMA (state portion only), Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes

Spring Bayou WMA, Avoyelles Parish

Pearl River WMA, St. Tammany Parish

Richard K. Yancey WMA, Concordia Parish

Dewey W. Wills WMA, LaSalle and Catahoula parishes

Russell Sage WMA, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes

USACE PROPERTY

Indian Bayou Area (USACE), St. Landry and St. Martin parishes

PUBLIC LAKES

Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes

Lake Wallace, Caddo Parish

Black/Cypress Lake and Ivan Lake, Bossier Parish

Cross Lake, Caddo Parish

Kepler Lake, Bienville Parish

Bayou Desiard North, Ouachita Parish

Caney Lake, Jackson Parish

Bartholomew Lake, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes

Kincaid Lake, Rapides Parish

Indian Creek, Rapides Parish

Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish

Nantachie Lake, Grant Parish

Saline Lake, Winn Parish

Toledo Bend, Desoto and Sabine parishes

Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish

Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish

Lake St. John, Tensas Parish

Lake St. Joseph, Tensas Parish

Anacoco Lake and Vernon Lake, Vernon Parish

Caddo Lake, Caddo Parish

Black Lake, Natchitoches Parish

Bundicks Lake, Beauregard Parish

Lake D’Arbonne, Union Parish.

Applications and non-refundable application fees ($5) must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications and be postmarked by July 5, 2017.  Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications (CNR Division WMA, Wildlife Division WMA or Wildlife Division Public Lakes) may be submitted per applicant.  Additional applications will result in voiding all applications of the applicant.

The lottery alligator harvests will be conducted Aug. 30-Oct. 5.  Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lakes and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified. Selected hunters may be assigned specific areas to conduct alligator harvest activities on certain WMAs/public lakes. 

Applicants must be a legal Louisiana resident and 16 years of age or older. All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25).  Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments ($40) for each alligator tag allocated.

All applicants meeting the application requirements will be entered into a randomized computer drawing, which will take place by August of 2017.  Selected hunters will be notified by mail.

For more information concerning CNR Division WMAs, contact Jeb Linscombe at 337-373-0032 or jlinscombe@wlf.la.gov.  For more information concerning Wildlife Division WMAs or public lakes, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2346 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.