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Private Lands Alligator Hunting Info



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.


2014 ALLIGATOR HUNTING GUIDE (Download here)


  • Packets for approved Private Land Permit applicants have been mailed effective July 14, 2014. 


Private Lands Season Regulations and Open Counties Map

Pvt Lands Hunting Pic

How to Apply for Private Lands Alligator Permits

  • Complete instructions are included in the application form.
  • Applications will be accepted from June 1-July 1.  Deadline is July 1.
  • All applications, with required documents, and the application fee must be recieved in the MDWFP Jackson Office by July 1, 2014.
  • There is no application fee for 2014
  • Anyone may submit an application for a property in the open counties, provided that the landowner signs the application.
  • Only 1 application may be submitted for each property. 
  • DOWNLOAD and print Private Lands Application Here 



Each person drawn for a public waters permit must attend a mandatory MS Alligator Hunting Training Course for their permit. Also, anyone who is issued a private lands permit must also attend.  Each training course has limited attendance, therefore, limited to permitted hunters for that year only.  However, each permitted hunter is allowed to bring one (1) guest to the training course. Registration for the classes is an electronic process and instructions for registration are included within the email notification to all drawn public water hunters and permitted applicants for private land hunts.  There is no charge for attendance to the training courses. The training courses provide information on alligator history, biology, MDWFP Alligator Program, all alligator hunting regulations, capture methods, capture gear, harvest methods, processing meat and hides, harvest reporting and documentation, how/where to purchase licenses and possession permits, and much more.

Course Schedule for 2014:

August 2 - 9:00am- 12:00 Noon, Roosevelt State Park (Morton, MS)

August 9 - 9:00am- 12:00 Noon, Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)

August 16 - 9:00am- 12:00 Noon, Jones County Junior College (Ellisville, MS)

Training Course Directions and Instructions

ROOSEVELT STATE PARK Instructions Letter (Click Here)

DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY Instructions Letter (Click Here)

JONES JUNIOR COLLEGE  Instructions Letter (Click Here)


 Obtaining CITES Tags after the harvest

Obtaining CITES Tags:A federal CITES tag is required to be attached to the hide near the end of the tail if being sold to a licensed alligator parts dealer/processor or prior to transportation across state lines. A CITES tag(s) will be mailed to you upon receipt of your harvest report.  CITES tags may also be obtained from Regional Offices in person, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

  • The wildlife agencies of Arkansas and Louisiana have specifically approved that properly licensed hunters with legally harvested alligators with properly attached
    temporary possession tags are legal to transport through their respective
    states for the purpose of processing.


  • Jackson Main Office, Wildlife Bureau - (601) 432-2217
  • North Region Office, Enid - (662) 563-6224
  • Central Region Office, Canton - (601) 859-3421
  • South Region Office, Magnolia - (601) 783-2911

Record Alligator Certification Procedures

Hunters who wish to certify an alligator as a potential state record of harvest should
contact the MDWFP at 601-432-2217 or (after business hours) 601-432-2170.  Hunters should be prepared to provide the following information at the time of your call:

  1. Total length (feet - inches)
  2. Belly girth (inches)
  3. Tail girth (inches)
  4. Weight (lbs) (only needed if a potential weight record, plus length and girth measurements)

The Alligator Program Coordinator will return the call ASAP, usually within 24 hours.  If deemed a potential record by the program coordinator, arrangements will be made to meet with MDWFP personnel to obtain an official weight or length measurement.

Regarding Weight Records:Since weights are so difficult to estimate and vary greatly hunters must pre-weigh their alligator before contacting the MDWFP. If certified scales are not available, then efforts should be made by the hunter to obtain a weight from a reputable source of scales. Weight certification must be on certified scales or other
MDWFP approved scales and witnessed by a MDWFP officer or biologist.

Measuring tips:

  1. Lay the alligator on a flat surface with the carcass laying
          completly flat and straight.Using a cloth measuring tape, measure along
          the dorsal side (top) of the alligator from the tip of the snout to the
          tip of the tail following the dorsal contour of the alligator.
  2. Measure to the nearest 1/8 inch.
  3. For weight, be sure the alligator is completely suspended from the ground.
  4. For weight, be sure to "zero tare" the scales when chains
          or straps are used to hoist the alligator before hoisting the alligator
          for measureing the weight. Chains and straps should not be included into
          the weight measurement.

The current length records are:

  • Male - 13 feet 7 inches  (weighed 687.5 pounds, belly girth 62 in., tail girth 43 in.)
  • Female - 10 feet 0 inches  (weighed 295.3 pounds, belly girth 50 in., tail girth 32 in.)

The current weight records are:  

  • Male - 741.5 pounds (13 ft. 6.5 in., belly girth 65 in., tail girth 46 in.)
  • Female - 295.3 pounds (10 ft. 0 in., belly girth 50 in., tail girth 32 in.)