The 2016 Season will not be finalized
until April. No major changes are expected and interested persons
may review the 2015 Season information and Alligator Hunting Guide
to become familiar with regulations and procedures. The
season opens on the last Friday in August and for 24 days
ALLIGATOR SEASON DATES for 2016:
Private Lands Season: 12:00 noon August 26
- 6:00 am September 19, 2016
Alligator Hunting Guide (PDF Download)
Private Lands Season Regulations and Open Counties
- 2015 Open Counties
Map for PVT Lands
- See open counties map and regulations above.
- Completed applications and all required information should be
submitted from June 1-July 1, deadline is July 1.
How to Apply for Private Lands Alligator
- Complete instructions are included in the application
- Applications will be accepted from June 1-July 1.
Deadline is July 1.
- All applications, with required documents must be recieved
in the MDWFP Jackson Office by July 1, 2016.
- There is no application fee for 2016
- 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
- 2016 PVT Lands Permit
The MS Alligator Hunting Training Courseis offered to each
person who is issued a Public Waters Permit or Private Lands
Voucher. The 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 that is available after permits have been issued. 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.
The only course offered for 2016 will be at Roosevelt
State Park on August 13, 2016.
Obtaining CITES Tags after the
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
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:
- Total length (feet - inches)
- Belly girth (inches)
- Tail girth (inches)
- 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
- Lay the alligator on a flat surface with the carcass
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.
- Measure to the nearest 1/8 inch.
- For weight, be sure the alligator is completely suspended from
- 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.)