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Alligator Hunting & Harvest History in Mississippi

The first public water alligator hunting season in Mississippi was initiated in September 2005.  In 2005, there were 50 permits available to a 13 mile stretch of the Pearl River north of Ross Barnett Reservoir and 30 alligators were harvested. History pic The first private land alligator hunting season was initiated in 2007 and was available to 3 open counties with a set number of permits available in each county. Alligator hunting opportunities have expanded each year as represented in the chart below.

The greatest expansion occurred in 2012.  For 2012, there were 6 geographically based public water alligator hunting zones with a total of 810 available permits, which compromises nearly two-thirds of the state and the season was extended to include 10 consequetive days in early September. For 2013, an additional zone, the Northeast Zone, was added allowing some statewide opportunity with 920 permits in 7 Hunting Zones.

 


 

                                                                                                                                                                     
MS
  Alligator Season Harvest History - Since 2005
YEAR # Permits # of Unique
  Applicants
PEARL ZONE PASCAGOULA ZONE PVT LANDS # Open
  Counties
# Harvested # Harvested # Harvested
2005 50 1205 30 NA    
2006 100 719 47 NA 0 3
2007 200 1233 66 68 0 3
2008 240 1636 58 72 22 7
2009 240 1626 96 58 59 13
2010 260 2086 132 92 86 17
2011 480 2858 91 91 99 25
2012 810 4091 513   (Statewide 6 Zones) 104 28
2013 920 6761 671   (Statewide 7 Zones) 105 28
2014 920 7407 682 (Statewide 7 Zones) 84 28
2015 920 11,639*
TOTAL     2,767 559  

 * Number of unique individuals using agency server July 14, 2015                                                                                                                                                               

 

                                                                                                                               

 

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