Multiple Texarkana Hunters to Receive Prized Arkansas Gator Permits


Thousands applied for permits for the upcoming Arkansas 2017 Alligator Hunting Season but only 101 hunters were chosen to receive permits for the upcoming seasons that run from September 15-18 and September 22-25. Out of those lucky hunters drawn for permits, 10 are from the Texarkana area.

Those hunters that were chosen for permits must attend a special hunter orientation class before they can receive their tags. The mandatory orientation classes will be held August 19 in Hope and Monticello and August 26 at the A.G.F.C. Office in Little Rock. Successful private land at-large applicants must provide written landowner permission and a map of their proposed hunt area.

Successful private land at-large applicants must provide written landowner permission and a map of their proposed hunt area. Each permit holder can have up to three assistants but only the permit owner is allowed to actually kill the gator. It’s a bit different than you may have seen on television. In Arkansas, hunters must completely subdue the gator before shooting it with a shotgun or shotgun shell-loaded bang stick using shot no larger than #4 common shot.


2017 Alligator Permit Winners

ZONE 1 (Private Land At Large)

William Aitken, Texarkana

Josiah Allen, Lewisville

Floyd Bell, Conway

Landon Bryant, Texarkana

Floyd Clark, El Dorado

Michael Clark, Jacksonville

Carter Coates, Greenbrier

Allen Counce, DeWitt

Matthew Davis, Conway

Paul Deloney, Texarkana

Ryan Dewey, Cabot

Tony Dinger, De Queen

Mark Fielding, Horatio

Michael Foster, Hope

Bobby Gentry, Pine Bluff

Michael Hale, Mineral Springs

Ashley Hale, Nashville

Justin Harman, Texarkana

James Hill, Dumas

Charles Hines, Texarkana

Daniel Hollinger, Conway

Jeremy Jeane, Texarkana

Aaron Lawrence, Texarkana

Samuel Leamons, Arkadelphia

Charles Mattox, El Dorado

Taylor Moody, Hope

Phillip Neill, Magnolia

Brian Ratliff, Conway

Martin Siems, Scott

Marlin Terry, Ashdown

ZONE 1 (Dr. Lester Sitzes III, Bois D’Arc WMA)

John Call, Ward

Jimmy Perkins, Lonoke

ZONE 1 (Lake Erling)

Seth Jean, Magnolia

ZONE 1 (Little River)

Lakota Hoover, Murfreesboro

Amy Miller, Hope

ZONE 1 (Millwood Lake)

Cynthia Blankenship, Ashdown

Elizabeth Chastain, Malvern

Kenneth Crumpton, Texarkana

George Dixon, Magnolia

Cody Friday, Ashdown

Jason Glass, Taylor

Philip Redfearn, Ashdown

Beau Redfearn, Texarkana

Leslie Smithpeters, Arkadelphia

Marvin Weido, Magnolia

Ryan Whitlow, Foreman

Randi Young, Texarkana

Demarius Zacarias, Van Buren

ZONE 3 (Private Land At Large)

Christopher Beller, Batesville

Lauren Bryant, Hampton

Rodney Chastain, Jonesboro

Brian Corcoran, Bella Vista

Richard Crawford, Paragould

Carol Doolittle, Eudora

Kyle Elkins, Fayetteville,

Wesley Fletcher, Monticello

Richard Gore, Little Rock

Virginia Haynes, Star City

Jody Hibbard, Star City

Michael Hill, Little Rock

William Jones, Pine Bluff

Brooks Joseph, Conway

William Lassiter, Monticello

Andrew Ligon, Stuttgart

Paul Lovell, Mountainburg

Michael McFadden, Lonoke

Patrick McGarity, Sheridan

Kelly Mitchell, DeWitt

Christopher Morgan, Stuttgart

Andrew Norwood, Little Rock

Robert ONeil, Wilmot

Cory Rowe, Lake Village

Mary Simon, Monticello

Hunter Thomasson, Fayetteville

Burtis Walker, Paragould

Martin Walt, Dumas

Mary Weatherly, Wilmot

Paul Williams, Rogers

ZONE 3 (Lower Arkansas River Wetland Complex)

Jeffrey Atwood, Star City

Charles Brenke, White Hall

Raymond Doering, Pine Bluff

Blake Downen, Tillar

David Gates, Newport

Michael Gillion, Beebe

Jordan Gosverner, Roland

Keaton Howard, Pine Bluff

Steven Isom, Greenbrier

Bryan King, Pine Bluff

Charles Lanehart, Wilmar

Donovan McFadden, Roland

Ian McReynolds, Jonesboro

William Monagle, Little Rock

Arthur Pattin, Ravenden Springs

Hannah Smith, Marion

Louie Smith, Marion

Ronald Tedford, Rogers

Bobby Webb, DeWitt

John Williams, White Hall

ZONE 3 (Mercer Bayou/Sulphur River WMA)

Jesse Howard, Jonesboro

Zachary Kiser, Fayetteville

Chirstina Shaw, Vilonia


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