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 Night Trophy Alligator Hunt 
These fully guided wild alligator hunts are done at night from boats using harpoons, crossbows, spear gun and fishing poles. This is by far the most exciting action packed way to hunt wild Florida alligators. Most people love the boat ride just as much as the hunt. If you like action packed hunting all night with never a dull moment this is the hunt for you.
Our alligator hunts are primarily done during the night in lakes, ponds, creeks, and the river banks in Wakulla and Franklin County area.  A crossbow, regular bow, power head, fishing pole, harpoon, hand line, and/or baited hook is the primary method of harvesting gators on this hunt.

Florida Alligator Hunting Options
One great thing about alligator hunts is the variety of options.  In Florida you can hunt day or night with a variety of weapons.  Whether using crossbow, harpoon or archery these prehistoric monsters always make it a challenge! Whether you choose a day hunt or night hunt, regardless of your weapon choice, you will enjoy an adventure of a lifetime.

•	Ochlockonee River Alligator Hunting

Alligator hunting at night
Although night hunts for Alligators in Florida can be more challenging than a day hunt - adrenaline levels do increase.  Spotlights are used to scan the lakes and swamps for the giant gators and the lack of light creates an eerie excitement to the gator hunt.  Weapon selection is up to the hunter but we will offer some suggestions and additional details about the hunt before you make a weapon selection.  Normally, a successful night gator hunt produces larger gators due to the difficulty in spotting smaller gators at night.  Night hunts offer the added benefit of a reprieve the Florida daytime heat but make sure to bring your bug spray!

Day Hunts

If you are a first time alligator hunter a day hunt may be a good option.  The thrill of seeing alligators in the light of day is something all first time hunters should experience.  Day hunts are a little less intense as well.  You will scan the Florida swamps by boat and when a gator is spotted we will attempt to snag it – that’s when the fight begins.  Once the gator is snagged you will have the opportunity to kill it with your weapon of choice.

Bow Hunting Alligators
As with any hunt, an archery hunt is much more challenging for Florida alligators than some of the other weapon options.  Bow hunters will need to be experienced to be successful with this hunt.  Shot distances are usually pretty short with archery hunts but a clean shot is necessary whether it’s a night or day alligator hunt.  60 lb draw is sufficient and you will need a fishing rig attachment.  We recommend practicing precise short shots prior to your hunt.

One Day Guided Trophy Alligator Hunts / Night Alligator Hunts
$600 per gator per hunt (4 people)
Alligator trapping agent license required can be bought at stores or online $51.50. Purchase here

  • One day or night guided Florida gator hunting
  • Equipment and tags 
  • *Meals, lodging, and license not included*
  • Call for availability 
  • Average size 4 to 7 feet
  • Trophy Fees:
  • 7’1” - 8' is     $250
  • 8'1"-10' is    $500
  • 10'1"- 11' is $750
  • 11'1"-12'  is $1000
  • 12'1" plus is $1250

All hunts include transporting your gator to our local taxidery (If you intend to use your own taxidery we need to make arangements before the hunt)
Taxidermy is available. Additional fees apply. Additional meat may be purchased also.

Piney Island Duck Hunting American Alligator Facts

Florida Alligator Size
Although male alligators in Florida can become quite large, female alligators rarely exceed 10 feet in length. The Florida state record for a gator is a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch male alligator. 


The most exciting gator hunts are night hunts, which is partially due to the alligator eye-shine. The distinctive eye-shine of an alligator is caused by a layer of cells called the tapetum lucidum. The layer is situated behind the photoreceptor cells in the retina and reflects light back, which increases the amount of light the alligator eye can detect. This dramatically improves an alligator's vision in low light conditions, which is why gators are more active at night. There’s nothing like spotting the ghostly eye-shine from a gator in the moonlight.

Alligators are cold blooded and they need external sources, heat & cold, to regulate their body temperature. Florida alligators may maintain their body temperature by moving to warm or cool water areas or bask in the sun on a clear day.

In Florida, Alligators become more active at times when temps are 82° to 92°. Florida alligator often stop eating when temperatures drop below 70° F and they become somewhat sluggish when temps drop below 55° F. During the winter months in Florida, alligators are mostly dormant and can be found in dens or “alligator holes” but they will emerge at times to bask in the sun.

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