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MDWFP Alligator Program 

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

 

ALLIGATOR SEASON DATES for 2014:

Public Waters Season: 12:00 noon August 29 - 12:00 noon September 8, 2014

Private Lands Season: 12:00 noon August 29 - 6:00 am September 22, 2014

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To submit an Alligator Harvest Report and Survey

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  HARVEST REPORT BANNER UUU

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View the 2014 HARVEST SUMMARY for PUBLIC WATERS - Click Here

NEWS UPDATES: 2014 Alligator Season

News updates will be posted here by noon each day of the alligator hunting season (see below).

September 8 - Update:

September 8, 10:30 am:         There are no significant news updates at this time.  

The alligator season on public waterways closes today at 12:00 noon, Monday, September 8.

The alligator season on private lands closes at 6:00 am on September 22.  Alligator hunting on private lands is by special permit only.

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September 6 - Update:

September 6, 12:30 pm:        There are no significant news updates at this time.  Hunting effort across much of the state appears to be good despite less than ideal weather conditions.

A potential length record has been reported to MDWFP and should be confirmed later today. 

The alligator season on public waterways continues until 12:00 noon, Monday, September 8.  

September 6, 4:15 pm:         The reported potential length record has been confirmed as "Not a Record."  It was officially measured at 13 feet 4 1/4 inches and unofficially weighed 720 pounds.  Congratulations to the Southwest Zone hunting party for a successful hunt and trophy harvest. 

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September 3 - Update:

September 3, 10:20 am:       Much of Mississippi recieved significant rainfall on Tuesday afternoon and evening, which could have mixed impacts for alligator hunting over the next few days.  Several waterways, like the upper and lower Pearl River, the Leaf/Chickasawhay River, Bayou Pierre, and upper portions of the Big Black had dropped to low levels just prior to the opening of alligator season.  These and other waterways should see immediate significant rises today and the following days.  This will certainly increase navigation and access by watercraft, but increased current could change alligator behavior.  Boaters should be prepared for increased current flow which will make conditions for navigation more dangerous.  Boaters are highly encouraged to wear life jackets (PFDs) at all times.

The alligator season on public waterways continues until 12:00 noon September 8.  

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September 2 - Update:

September 2, 10:00 am:      The weight record for a male alligator has been broken for the second time since the season opened on August 29.  At 6:00 am, the MDWFP Alligator Program certified a new weight record at 792 pounds.  The alligator was taken by permit holder, Brian Montgomery of Starkville and his two friends, Scott Berry of Raymond and Jesse Phillips of Starkville just after midnight on September 2 from a portion of the Mississippi River within the Southwest Alligator Hunting Zone.  The alligator was 13 feet 5 inches long and measured 69 1/4 inches in belly girth and 51 inches in tail girth.  Scott Berry is not new to alligator hunting in Mississippi.  He has participated with other permit holders in previous years.  Interestingly, Scott Berry was also a part of the hunting party that recorded the most recent weight record of 756 pounds on Saturday, August 30. 

The record was certified at Mahannah Wildlife Management Area.

The season on public waters closes at noon, September 8.  Weather forecasts indicate increasing chances for showers and scattered thunderstorms.  The MDWFP encourages alligator hunters to be mindful of sudden changes in weather that could include brief violent storms with lightning.  If boaters are caught in a storm with lightning, get off of the water immediately and seek cover on the bank. Never seek cover on the water or on the bank near isolated trees that may attract lightning. 

All permitted hunters are required to complete an on-line harvest report and survey within 48 of harvesting an alligator.

No accidents have been reported. 

 

Pictured below (L-R) Brian Montgomery, Scott Berry, Jesse Phillips with the NEW Weight Record Male Alligator at 792 pounds, 13 feet 5 inches long.

Montgomery Record 1

Pictured below (L-R) Jesse Phillips, Brian Montgomery, and Scott Berry with the NEW Weight Record Male Alligator at 792 pounds, 13 feet 5 inches long. 

Montgomery Record 2

 

 

 

 

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September 1 - Update:

September 1, 12:00 pm:      There are no signifiacnt news items to update at this time. 

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August 31 - Update:

August 31, 12:00 pm:      There are no signifiacnt news items to update at this time.  Reports, most unconfirmed, indicate that numerous alligators in the 12-13 foot+ range have been harvested.  Hunting activity the night of August 30 was high according to most reports across the state.  Weather conditions improved for most of the state during the evening after a significant rain system passed through the state on Saturday.

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August 30 - Update:

August 30, 3:00 pm:     Today at 12:40 pm, MDWFP officials certified a NEW record weight for a male alligator taken by a hunter.  The alligator was taken by permit holder, Robert Mahaffey of Brandon and his two assistants.  It was harvested from an area of the Mississippi River in the Southwest Alligator Hunting Zone. Their alligator weighed 756 pounds and was 13 feet 1 3/4 inches long.  It's belly girth and tail girth was 67 1/4 inches and 45 1/2 inches, respectively.  The gator was initially captured using bowfishing equipment.  The previous record, 741.5 pounds, was taken from the Southwest Zone during the 2013 season by Lee Turner of Madison, Mississippi.

A rain system is slowly moving across much of western and central Mississippi hampering many hunters efforts.  However, it may begin to clear away from the western part of the state before sunset offering better hunting conditions tonight.

Pictured below (L-R) Jay Leggette and Robert Mahaffey with the NEW Record Weight Male Alligator - 756 pounds.

 Mahaffey Record Gator 2014

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August 30 - Update:

August 30, 11:00 am:   Prelimenary reports from the opening day and evening of the 2014 Alligator Hunting Season on public waters and private lands indicate that numerous hunting parties were successful.  Hunting efforts in the coastal areas and southeast Mississippi were somewhat hampered by rain most of the opening afternoon and evening. Weather conditions for the remainder of the state were favorable and MDWFP Conservation Officers reported at least moderate traffic on many public waterways.

As of this report, there have been no reports of anyone harvesting any potential record breaking alligators, however, there are reports of numerous alligators harvested between 10-13 feet long.  Alligator Program Coordinator, Ricky Flynt, confirmed the harvest of a 13 foot 3 inch alligator in the West Central Zone and there are reports of at least two other 13 foot alligators harvested.  Flynt also confirmed the harvest of two alligators that had been previously tagged and released by the MDWFP.  Such reports are beneficial to the MDWFP to learn more about alligator movements and growth rates.

The weather forecast may be a significant impact to hunting later today as a rain system moves across the state from the southwest.  The opening weekend effort is usually very heavy.  Hopefully, the weather will not be a significant impact and hunters are encouraged to never conduct boating activites when lightning is expected.  If boaters are caught in a storm with lightning, get off of the water immediately and seek cover on the bank. Never seek cover on the water or on the bank near isolated trees that may attract lightning. 

All permitted hunters are required to complete an on-line harvest report and survey within 48 of harvesting an alligator.

No accidents were reported. 

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August 29 - Update:

August 29:   The Alligator Hunting Season on public waters and private lands opens at 12:00 noon on August 29. 

Alligator hunting is by special permit only.  The MDWFP received over 7,400 applications for permits in June, this year.  Alligator hunting is open statewide and 920 permits are divided among 7 public water hunting zones. Each special permit allows the harvest of two alligators over four feet long, but only one may exceed seven feet long.  During the 2013 alligator season, 671 alligators were harvested on public waterways and 108 were harvested on private lands.

The public water alligator hunting season will open at 12:00 p.m. on August 29 and conclude at 12:00 p.m. on September 8 at 12:00 p.m..  The private land alligator hunting season will open at 12:00 noon on August 29 and conclude at 6:00 a.m. on September 22. There are 112 private properties among 28 open counties that qualified for private lands alligator hunting permits.  Hunters are required to tag all harvested alligators and conduct a mandatory harvest report.  

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Next Update August 30


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´╗┐MS  Alligator Hunting Records Broken in 2013 

All 4 categories of alligator hunting records were been broken during the 2013 alligator hunting season. UPDATED: September 23, 2013   
CLICK HERE for more details. 

    

Heflin Gator pic

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, 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.

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

 

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