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MDWFP Alligator Program

Ricky Flynt
Alligator Program Coordinator
(601) 432-2217
rickyf@mdwfp.state.ms.us

Gator on Log 2016

Alligators may be found all across Mississippi.  They are most prevalent in the southern two-thirds of the state (south of Hw 82).  While alligators typically avoid humans and human activity, occassionally they do cause conflicts with humans.  Juvenile alligators often disperse into new territiories in the late spring and early summer months.  During this dispersal they occassionally 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.

View the 2016 Season Harvest Report Summary Results Here

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ALLIGATOR SEASON DATES for 2016:

Public Waters Season: 12:00 noon August 26 - 12:00 noon September 5, 2016

Private Lands Season: 12:00 noon August 26 - 6:00 am September 19, 2016

Alligator Hunting Information 

Nuisance Alligator Program Information

Alligator Articles & Video Clips

 

Download the 2016 Alligator Hunting Guide

2016 GUIDE Cover Page

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2016 SEASON NEWS UPDATES

NEW RECORD LENGTH MALE ALLIGATOR ON PUBLIC WATERS

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)    



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