MDWFP Alligator Program
Alligator Program Coordinator
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.
Alligator Program Coordinator
ALLIGATOR SEASON DATES for 2015:
Public Waters Season: 12:00 noon August 28 - 12:00 noon September 7, 2015
Private Lands Season: 12:00 noon August 28 - 6:00 am September 21, 2015
NOTICE: Some procedures and the permitting process, compared to the information provided in the 2014 links above, are subject to change for 2015.
Stay tuned for updates by April 2015.
NEWS UPDATES: 2014 Alligator Season
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.
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.
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.
Alligator Hunting Information
- PUBLIC WATERS Hunting Information
- PRIVATE LANDS Hunting Information
- 2014 PERMIT and LICENSE Purchasing Instructions
- 2014 ALLIGATOR HUNTING GUIDE (PDF Dwnld)
- Alligator Hunting & Harvest History in Mississippi
- Alligator Awareness
- Alligator Capture & Harvest Techniques
- Alligator Dispatch Techniques
- Alligator Skinning Instructions
- Alligator Hide & Meat Processing Instructions
- MS Alligator Hunting Records
- Range Map - Alligators in MS
Nuisance Alligator Program Information
Alligator Articles & Video Clips
- Alligator Nest Hatch Videos (**NEW Sept. 2013**)
- Alligator Tagging and Tales - (the tagging and release program)
- Alligators in Mississippi Then & Now
- The Recovery of the American Alligator in Mississippi
- Mississippi's First Alligator Hunting Season - 2005
- Alligators - Neighbors or Nuisance Pest?
- Feeding Alligators: "It Could Cost You an Arm and A Leg"
- What's the Problem With Alligators? PEOPLE!