Wildlife & Hunting

MDWFP Alligator Program

Ricky Flynt
Alligator Program Coordinator
(601) 432-2217

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.



The Application process for the 2017 Public Waters Season was completed and closed at 10:00 am, June 7, 2017.  

  • The Application process was open at 10:00 a.m. June 1 until 10:00 a.m. on June 7, 2017.

When will the drawing take place?

  • A random drawing for each hunting zone will be completed on about June 14 by a third-party-entity.
  • A second drawing will occur on about 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.

How will winners be notified? 

  • Winners will be notified via email with a link to purchase their permit.
  • Email notifications will go out to winners after 12:00 Noon on June 14th.
  • An email address is required (notifications will be sent to winners via email).
  • Winners will have 48 hours to complete their online permit purchase.
  • The permit must be purchased by 12:00 Noon on June 16th.  No exceptions.
  • The permit cost is $200.
  • 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.
  • Customers may return to the Application Purchasing Page to “Check status” at any time and “Update Customer Information” between June 1-7.
  • Additionally beginning June 14, customers may go to the link to "Check Your Status".  You will need your CUSTOMER NUMBER and your DOB. 


If I’m drawn, but do not wish to buy the permit, what do I do?

  • Simply, do nothing. After the 48-hour period has passed, all unpurchased permits will be returned to the appropriate Zone for a second drawing that will take place on June 26.

Is it possible to “OPT OUT” of the 2nd Drawing?

  • Yes, go click on the Banner on the Homepage, enter your customer information and select “OPT OUT of the 2nd Drawing”. This will only remove the customer from the 2nd  It will have no effect on future drawings at all.

How will I receive my permits and tags?

  • Winners who successfully purchase their permit will receive their Permit/License/Tags in the mail in approximately 2 weeks.
  • The Temporary Possession Tags are attached to the paper Permit/License and are to be torn off, signed, and placed onto your alligator, as required.

A 2017 Alligator Hunting Guide will be mailed to you separately from your permit.


PUBLIC WATERS Alligator Hunting Information

PRIVATE LANDS Alligator Hunting Information

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)