For recreational gator hunting FL has a draw permit system thats done in 3 phases. Getting a permit is a crapshoot and there are lots of people gaming the system. Each permit has two tags which can be used in a specific area and during a certain timeframe. Unused tags must be mailed back or you will be fined/prosecuted.
You can hunt from 30 mins before sunset until 30 mins after sunrise. No hunting during daylight hours for all intents and purposes. Harpoons, treble hooks, crossbows, etc are legal. Absolutely no hooks or snares are allowed. Firearms in the form of a bangstick are allowed only to dispatch a subdued gator although its pretty typical to see a handgun on board most hunting boats.
I've harvested a few ranging between 8.5 to 11 feet here in Florida. Its a hoot but very expensive. Tags, outfitters, processing and whatnot adds up very quickly.
This post was edited on 6/19 at 8:39 am