Alligator season kicks off in Harris County

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Published 11:23 am, Monday, April 3, 2017

There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with some fried gator.

April 1 marks the first day of alligator general season for 232 counties around the Lone Star State, including Harris County.

The season runs between April 1 and June 30 giving Texans enough time to choose wisely since the bag limit is one gator per person.

VIDEO: Texas professional golfer nudges gator into water with his hand

Newcomers to the hunt, or those who need to brush up, can visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for details on state regulations. Hunters are required to catch alligators on private property only, as well as immediately complete a Wildlife Resource Document upon a successful catch.

After nabbing an alligator, hunters can check out a list of buyers and tanners in the TPWD’s booklet, “Alligators in Texas.”

VIDEO: Watch this alligator stroll through a golf course carrying its catch

For bystanders who want to reap the benefits of cheaper, fresher alligator meat there’s no better time. The same goes for squeamish eaters who have never tried gator, which has been described as having a pork-like texture with the taste of chicken and fish.

Click through above to see tips for alligator season.

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