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, 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 a 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.
Mississippi offered its first public alligator sport hunting season in 2005. From 2005 until 2011, opportunities expanded gradually to include 480 permits on portions of two major waterways, one coastal and one inland. In 2012, Mississippi expanded sport hunting opportunities on public waters to over two-thirds of the state and in 2013 alligator hunting on public waters was opened statewide. The State was divided into 7 geographical zones with a 10-day season total of 920 available in a web-based application/drawing and permit sales process. An alligator hunting training course is provided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks. Permit holders may harvest 2 alligators over 4 feet long, only one of which may exceed 7 feet long. The bag limit restrictions are intended to distribute harvest among adults and juvenile alligators. Alligators over 7 feet long comprised 50%, 47%, 48%, and 43% from 2014-2017, respectively. Total alligator harvests were 682, 982, 784, 741 on public waterways from 2014-2017, respectively. Females comprised 30%, 35%, 31%, and 31% of the harvest from 2014-2017, respectively. The average length of all harvested alligators from 2014-2017 were 7.77 feet (Males 8.28 ft. and Females 6.55 ft.). Alligators that were 10 feet or longer comprised 23%, 27%, 28%, and 26% of harvest from 2014-2017, respectively.
Private lands alligator hunting opportunities are offered in 33 counties. In 2017, there were a record of 126 landowner applications approved for permits that totaled 307 available harvest vouchers on 23,278 acres of alligator habitat. There were 84, 115, 95, and 117 alligators harvested on private lands from 2014-2017, respectively. Properties in the open counties must contain a minimum of 20 acres of privately owned permanent surface water to qualify for an alligator harvest voucher. Additional vouchers are issued for each additional 100 acres of privately owned permanent surface water. Each voucher allows the harvest of 2 alligators over 4 feet long, only one of which may exceed 7 feet long.
2019 Alligator Season News:
The 2019 Alligator Season Administration Rules are scheduled for approval by the MDWFP Commission in the March Commission Meeting. There are no substantial changes proposed and may possibly see a slightly increased number of permits available in some zones for 2019.
The Application Process is scheduled to begin on May 31 at 10:00AM and close on June 6 at 10:00AM. The application process is an online electronic procedure that requires an email address and a processing fee of about $2.34. Applicants may only apply once in one zone of their choice.
When are application available?
Applications will be offered beginning at 10:00AM May 31 until 10:00AM. on June 6, 2019.
Who can apply?
- To be eligible to purchase an alligator hunting permit application you must be at least 16 years of age at the time of purchase
- And, must possess one of the following valid resident licenses to be eligible: Sportsman License, All-Game Hunting/Fishing License, Small Game Hunting/Fishing License, Apprentice Sportsman License, Apprentice All Game License, Apprentice Small Game License, Senior Exempt License, Disabled Exempt License, or a Lifetime License.
- NO Exceptions.
If you do not currently possess one of the pre-requisite licenses listed above: You may purchase a pre-requisite license online Purchase Licenses Here , then immediately return to purchase your alligator hunting application.
How much does the application cost?
- Applications are free, a processing fee of $2.29 to $2.34, depending on purchasing method, will be charged. A credit card or debit card is required for on-line purchases.
How many times can I apply?
- Customers may only purchase an application in 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.
Where are applications sold?
- Applications are only accepted via purchase at any location that sells MS Hunting/Fishing Licenses, by phone (1-800-5GO-HUNT), and online via the MDWFP Webpage.
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 on your receipt, customers should call the MDWFP immediately to make corrections ph. (601) 432-2055.
When will the drawing take place?
- A random drawing for each hunting zone will be completed on about June 12 by a third-party-entity.
- A second drawing will occur on about June 24 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.
- 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 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 May 31-June 6.
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 2019 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
- Alligator Awareness (Pamphlet)
- Range Map - Alligators in MS
- Alligator Nest Hatch Videos
- 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
- Alligator Hunting & Harvest History in Mississippi
- Public Water Harvest Summaries - 2012-2016
- MS Alligator Hunting Records
- Alligators - Neighbors or Nuisance Pest?
- Feeding Alligators: "It Could Cost You an Arm and A Leg"
- What's the Problem With Alligators? PEOPLE!
Alligator Skinning and Tanning Instructions
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, MEAT PROCESSING ONLY, Danny Boler, 73 Standard Hill Rd., Vicksburg, MS 39183, PH. (601) 634-6338 or (601) 218-9378.
- Tab and Yvette Pitre licensed buyers from Louisiana will be on hand. Call Ph. (985) 258-0355 for more details.
- Bozo's Seafood, Pascagoula, MS - Drop-off Location (WHOLE CARCASS buying only) (NO MEAT PROCESSING)
- Under the care of Tab and Yvette Pitre licensed buyers from Louisiana will be on hand from opening weekend and second weekend. Call Ph. (985) 258-0355 or (985) 258-0354 for more details.
- Woodrow (Woody) Cain, MEAT PROCESSING ONLY, 2133 Old Hwy 61 N., Port Gibson, MS 39150, PH (601) 618-8261
- Dewayne Denton, MEAT PROCESSING ONLY, 338 Denton Rd. Holcomb, MS 38940. PH (662) 310-3337.
ALLIGATOR CARCASS and HIDE BUYER:
- Tab and Yvette Pitre, WHOLE CARCASS and HIDE BUYERS, will receive alligators Aug 31 - Sept 10 at B & L Processing in Vicksburg. Call for more information on prices and pickup times call Tab Pitre (985) 258-0355 or Yvette Pitre (985) 258-0354.
AUGUST 28 -
New Mississippi Alligator Length Record
8/28/2017 12:30:32 PM
NATCHEZ - A new alligator length record was certified August 28, 2017 by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Alligator Program Coordinator, Ricky Flynt. The alligator was taken in the Southwest Alligator Hunting Zone by the hunting party of Bryan Burnside of Brandon, MS near Natchez, MS.
The alligator was certified as the “longest male alligator taken by a permitted hunter in Mississippi.” The alligator’s length was 14 feet ¾ inch, which broke the previous record by ½ inch. The alligator weighed 766.5 pounds. The belly girth was 69 inches, and the tail girth was 43 inches.
HUNTING PARTY PHOTOS (L-R) Colby Acy, Stephen Brady, Anthony Acy, and Brian Burnside