The poor FWC. As if they don't catch enough flak from this program as it is. Anyway, if you submitted an application for a gator tag back in the middle of May, you must do so again beginning June 1st.
Please read below.
Dear Alligator Harvest Permit Applicant:
We regret to inform you that the alligator hunt application you submitted for Phase I may not have been recorded correctly. While preparing for the Phase I random drawing, FWC staff discovered a problem. Active Outdoors, the third party vendor that hosts the FWCs Total Licensing System, confirmed that there was a programming error on their end that caused hunt period choices in many cases to be recorded incorrectly in the data file. FWC and Active Outdoors staff tried everything they could to restore the original hunt period choices, but was unsuccessful. This means that the original applications we received must be set aside and new applications submitted.
Active Outdoors has corrected the problem in their system, and we have re-scheduled the Phase I Alligator Permit Application period to start June 1 at 10:00 AM EDT and go through 11:59 PM EDT June 14. Anyone who submitted an application previously will need to re-submit their application either online at http://www.fl.wildlifelicense.com or at any tax collector’s office.
In the event you are selected in the random drawing, Active Outdoors has informed us that they will be waiving the fee they would normally add to your transaction when purchasing your awarded permit through the Internet. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this additional application period may cause. As always, thank you for your continued interest in Florida’s alligator hunting opportunities.
A revised application worksheet detailing dates and other important information can be viewed at: http://www.myfwc.com/license/Hunt_Quota_LimitedEntryWorksheets.htm
Alligator Management Program
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 S. Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
I think I'll spend the next couple hours monitoring the outdoor forums. Oughta be some ripe commentary from the boys there!