Wildlife & Hunting

MDWFP Alligator Program

Ricky Flynt
Alligator Program Coordinator
(601) 432-2217

Gator On A Log

Alligators may be found all across Mississippi.  They are most prevalent in the southern two-thirds of the state (south of Hwy 82).  While alligators typically avoid humans and human activity, occasionally they do cause conflicts with humans.  Juvenile alligators often disperse into new territories in the late spring and early summer months.  During this dispersal they occasionally find themselves in unusual locations near human development, such as; farm ponds, road ditches, highways, parking lots, yards, swimming pools, neighborhood water landscape pools, and even buildings.  It is illegal and very dangerous for the public to capture and remove or kill an alligator without special permit from the MDWFP.    As human developments (residential and commercial) continue to encroach into more rural areas of the state, increased interaction and conflicts with wildlife are subject to occur.  To report a nuisance alligator please see Nuisance Alligator Information below.

2017 Alligator seasons on Public Waters and Private Lands were approved at the April 19th Commission Meeting:


  • Applications will be offered June 1-7.  
  • Applications are free,  a processing fee will be charged.
  • An email address is required (notifications will be sent to winners via email).
  • Applications are only accepted electronically via purchase at any location that sells MS Hunting/Fishing Licenses, by phone (1-800-5GO-HUNT), and online via the MDWFP Webpage.
  • Customers may only purchase an application in only one Alligator Hunting Zone of their choice.
  • There are 7 Zones: Northwest, Northeast, West Central, Southwest, South Central, Southeast, and the Pearl Ross Barnett Zone.
  • A random drawing for each hunting zone will be completed on approximately June 14 by a third-party-entity and winners will be notified via email with a link to purchase their permit.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to complete their online permit purchase.
  • The permit cost is $200.
  • A second drawing will occur on approximately June 26 to draw winners to fill any unpurchased permits that remain from the first drawing in each alligator hunting zone.
  • The second drawing will consist of all applicants who were not drawn in the first drawing.
  • The second drawing will occur only for zones that have unpurchased permits remaining from the first drawing. 
  • Winners of the 2nd drawing will be notified by email and will also be provided a link to purchase their permit.  They will have 48 hours to purchase their permit. 

APPLICATION NOTE: At the time of application, customers are encouraged to review their application receipt or email confirmation to be sure that they have applied for the correct zone and that their email address is correct.  If there is an error, customers must call the MDWFP immediately to make corrections. 

Harvest Reports

Nuisance Alligator Program Information

Alligator Articles & Video Clips

Mississippi Processors Information

Alligators legally harvested and properly tagged by permitted alligator hunters may only be sold to:

  • A licensed MS Agent Alligator Trapper
  • A person who possesses a MS Fur Dealer's License.
  • A person who is licensed to purchase alligators in another state.

The following contacts are MDWFP approved buyers and processors.  They have CITES Tags on hand for your convenience.  They will not receive any alligator or hide that is not properly tagged with a MS Temporary Possession Tag.

  • B and L Taxidermy and Processing, WHOLE CARCASSES or HIDES ONLY, Danny Boler, 73 Standard Hill Rd., Vicksburg, MS  39183, PH. (601) 634-6338 or (601) 218-9378 
  • Woodrow (Woody) Cain,  MEAT PROCESSING PRIMARILY and  LIMITED HIDE OR CARCASS BUYING, 2133 Old Hwy 61 N., Port Gibson, MS  39150, PH (601) 618-8261
  • Dewayne Denton, MEAT PROCESSING PRIMARILY and  LIMITED HIDE OR CARCASS BUYING, 338 Denton Rd. Holcomb, MS  38940. PH (662) 310-3337.

Download the 2016 Alligator Hunting Guide

2016 GUIDE Cover Page

News - August 23, 2016

Alligator Season on Public Waterways and Private Lands will open at 12:00 Noon on August 26, 2016.  Watch for news updates here as they become available. 


On Sunday, August 28, 2016 a NEW record length male alligator for public waters was certified by the MDWFP Alligator Program Coordinator, Ricky Flynt, in Vicksburg, MS.

The alligator, taken by the hunting party of Tiffany Wienke of Vicksburg, measured 13 feet 7-7/8 inches, which beat the previous record by a mere 1/8 inch.  The alligator weighed 686 pounds and had a belly girth of 59 inches and a tail girth of 43 inches.  The Wienke hunting party harvested the alligator near the Mississippi River in Bayou Pierre in the Southwest Hunting Zone.

Alligator Season on public waters closes at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 5, 2016.

Wienke Record Gator 2016(L-R in Photo) Tiffany Wienke, William Wienke, Krissie Gibson, Tim Gibson, Brandice Nowell, and  
Dusty Dubre.  (Photo by R. Flynt - MDWFP)