Gator hunting is booming in the Sunshine State. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is expecting this year’s demand for gator tags to greatly outweigh the number of hunting permits it can award.

“We expect to have between two and three times more applicants than we do permits,” one official said. “It’s very popular.”

The FWC will award just 5,000 permits for the Aug. 15 to Nov. 1 season. Gators need to be 18 inches or longer for harvest, but most harvested are between 6 and 7 feet long. Permits for state residents are priced at $272 with two tags.

Gator hunting in Florida has grown steadily since in began in 1988.

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