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

NEW APPLICATION/PERMITTING PROCESS FOR 2017 PUBLIC WATERS SEASON:

  • 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 tha 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 form 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.   

2017 Alligator Season Proposed PRESS RELEASE:

 ALLIGATOR SEASON DATES for 2017:

Public Waters Season: 12:00 noon August 25 - 12:00 noon September 4, 2017

  • 2016 Public Waters REGULATIONS Please note the 2017 Regulations are in the proposal status. You may review the 2016 regulations for reference until the 2017 regulations are approved in late April 2017. 

Private Lands Season: 12:00 noon August 25 - 6:00 am September 18, 2017

  • 2016 Private Lands REGULATIONS Please note the 2017 Regulations are in the proposal status. You may review the 2016 regulations for reference until the 2017 regulations are approved in late April 2017.

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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