Lottery Alligator Harvest Program


Lottery alligator harvests were originally conducted on public lakes only. The lottery alligator harvest program began to incorporate WMAs in 2008 by providing the opportunity for 90 hunters to harvest 270 alligators on 9 WMAs located in south Louisiana. The program has continued to expand and currently provides the opportunity for over 325 resident alligator hunters to harvest approximately 850 alligators on over 40 WMAs/public lakes located throughout the state.  In order to increase the chance of previous year unsuccessful applicants and new applicants to be selected, the Department has incorporated a preference system for 2012 for the lottery alligator harvest program.  Lottery alligator harvest applications submitted from 2011 forward will be included in preference system assessments.  Successful applicants will continue to be selected by random computer drawing by August of each year.  Lottery alligator harvest applications become available mid to late May of each year and lists all available WMAs/public lakes.  When available, lottery applications can be found online.

Application Requirements/Completion for Lottery Alligator Harvests

Applicants must be Louisiana residents, at least 16 years of age and comply with hunter education requirements (see Hunter Education Requirements below for specifics). Applications must be filled out completely and returned/postmarked by the date indicated on the application (usually around the first week of July). Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $5 check or money order made payable to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 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 person. An applicant may only apply for one WMA/public lake.

Hunter Education Requirements

Persons born on or after September 1, 1969 must have successfully completed an approved hunter education course OR be under the direct supervision of a person: 1) who was born before September 1, 1969 and who has a valid hunting license or 2) who is at least 18 years old and has successfully completed an approved hunter education course.

What are the chances of being selected for lottery alligator harvests on a specific WMA or public lake?

The chance of being selected to participate in the lottery alligator harvest (applicant success rate) varies tremendously by specific WMA or public lake. Applicant success rates by WMA or public lake are linked below.

Successful Lottery Alligator Harvest Applicants


Selected Applicants



Public Lakes

1) will receive the number of alligator tags indicated



2) must purchase a resident alligator hunting license ($25)

3) must pay a set fee per alligator tag issued (~$40 per tag)


4) must appear in person at a designated time and location to receive harvest tags, hunter license and specific instructions

5) must sign and abide by alligator hunting agreement

6) must follow all LDWF and all applicable WMA/public lake rules, regulations and ordinances

7) must report alligator harvest information to LDWF

Indicates this item applies, N/A – not applicable