ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia's alligator hunting season is now underway, and the Department of Natural Resources wants to make sure everyone stays safe on the water.
Hunters selected through an application process had to purchase a special license.
Last year, hunters harvested 325 alligators, the most since hunting started in 2003.
Rangers said that hunters must stay aware of their surroundings and of other boaters and follow normal boating safety regulations.
"Equipment for your boat, safety equipment, life jackets, fire extinguishers and all of those same things that we talk about during the summertime still apply to boats," said DNR First Class Ranger Jon Penuel.
Hunters can go after gators day or night, so other boaters need to be on the lookout for them.
Gator season runs through October 3.