Officials in Florida announced that hunters in the Sunshine State can now apply for permits to hunt alligators from mid-August to November.
However, the season will not differ from previous ones in that hunting will be permitted for 24 hours daily throughout the season.
Expanding the hunting time to 24 hours will provide greater hunting opportunities and flexibility for gator hunters, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.
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Animal rights advocates do not share the same sentiment, according to a report.
"Expanding this hunt is going in the wrong direction," Bryan Wilson, an advocate with the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, said.
There needs to be a time of day when gators are not in danger, according to Wilson.
"For anybody who doesn't want to see an alligator shot in the head on Florida's waterways, we encourage [them] to contact FWC and tell them this rule is going in the wrong direction," he said.
Hunters appear unsure regarding the rule change.
Kevin Brotz said he does not know if people will even hunt throughout the day.
"An hour or two here or there would have been maybe a better option because that middle of the day, it's so hot," Brotz said.
The time limit on gator hunting was changed to accommodate all Floridians, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.
The previous time, 5 p.m. to 10 a.m., "overlapped times when other users were recreating on Florida waterbodies" and "we don't expect a dramatic shift in the number of people taking advantage of these increased hours," a statement from officials read.
Brotz has rarely had issues, he said.
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"I haven't experienced that. I've been at the boat ramp with fishermen, boaters, etc.," Brotz said. "They see a gator, they get excited, but I've never had a negative tone to that interaction."