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, 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 more than 400 resident alligator hunters the opportunity to harvest 1,245 alligators on over 40 WMAs/public lakes located throughout the state.  To increase the chance of unsuccessful applicants from previous years and new applicants to be selected, LDWF incorporated a preference system for the lottery alligator harvest program in 2012.  Lottery alligator harvest applications submitted from 2011 forward are 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 are available mid to late May of each year and list all available WMAs/public lakes. 

Current Lottery Alligator Harvest Applications

LDWF is now accepting lottery applications for the 2019 alligator harvest season. The 2019 Lottery Alligator Harvest Application deadline is July 5, 2019. Interested participants may print out an application from LDWF’s website at

Applicants must be Louisiana residents, at least 16 years of age, and comply with hunter education requirements (see below). Applications must be filled out completely and returned/postmarked by the date indicated on the application. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $5 check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Only one lottery alligator harvest application may be submitted per person, and each applicant may only apply for one WMA/public lake.

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, along with a map showing the general location of each area..

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