2013 alligator hunting season set to open soon - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

2013 alligator hunting season set to open

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

The West Zone Louisiana alligator season is scheduled to open Sept. 4, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The East Zone opens Wednesday.

Southwest Louisiana is in the West Zone.

Wildlife officials said they will be issuing tags to licensed hunters through Sept. 4.

Over 38,000 tags will be issued and an estimated 34,000 alligators will be harvested during the 2013 season, officials said.

Harvested alligators will range from 4-to-12 feet in length with the average size estimated to be 7-feet, 6-inches.

"There is good demand for alligator skins and meat, and we expect to see a good harvest season with prices at least equal to last year's average of $23.50 per foot. We will issue an estimated 3,000 licenses to Louisiana residents and over 500 to non-resident sport hunters," said LDWF Alligator Program Manager Noel Kinler.

"Like other outdoor activities, youngsters participate at a very early age since alligator hunting is often a family affair and women also participate as hunters during the alligator season. Lifelong hunters still enjoy the challenge into their 70s and 80s, and alligator hunting leases are passed down from father to son to grandson," a release states.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE ON 7NEWS SUNRISE: 1980 cold case reopened

    WATCH LIVE ON 7NEWS SUNRISE: 1980 cold case reopened

    Friday, December 15 2017 5:35 AM EST2017-12-15 10:35:22 GMT
    Mary Darlene Howard (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)Mary Darlene Howard (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Good Morning. Britney Glaser and Christian Piekos here with a look at what's coming up on 7News Sunrise. 

    More >>

    Good Morning. Britney Glaser and Christian Piekos here with a look at what's coming up on 7News Sunrise. 

    More >>
  • With Mallard Cove moving, what's next for Chennault?

    With Mallard Cove moving, what's next for Chennault?

    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:38 PM EST2017-12-15 04:38:19 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Big changes are planned at Chennault International Airport.  "Four or five years ago the head of the airport's division of the FAA came to me and said what are you going to do about the golf course," said Chennault International Airport's Executive Director, Randy Robb.  Mallard Cove Golf Course has been hindering growth and expansion for Chennault for years, but just last week Lake Charles City Council approved a cooperative agreement between the city, the airpo...More >>
    Big changes are planned at Chennault International Airport.  "Four or five years ago the head of the airport's division of the FAA came to me and said what are you going to do about the golf course," said Chennault International Airport's Executive Director, Randy Robb.  Mallard Cove Golf Course has been hindering growth and expansion for Chennault for years, but just last week Lake Charles City Council approved a cooperative agreement between the city, the airpo...More >>
  • Residents off Nelson Road complain about mail delays

    Residents off Nelson Road complain about mail delays

    Thursday, December 14 2017 9:18 PM EST2017-12-15 02:18:58 GMT

    It's not unusual to hear complaints about the U.S. Postal Service in our area. The latest comes from a neighborhood off Nelson Road where residents say they no longer get daily delivery. "Whether snow, sleet or rain or whatever it   should be delivered," said Terry Bellard, who lives at Smith Village mobile home community. Residents say their mail is no longer delivered regularly.

    More >>

    It's not unusual to hear complaints about the U.S. Postal Service in our area. The latest comes from a neighborhood off Nelson Road where residents say they no longer get daily delivery. "Whether snow, sleet or rain or whatever it   should be delivered," said Terry Bellard, who lives at Smith Village mobile home community. Residents say their mail is no longer delivered regularly.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly