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2019 Alligator Season Wrap-up
9/30/2019 9:53:51 AM
From MDWFP

The numbers show Mississippi’s 2019 alligator season was one of the most successful on record, according to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Alligator Program Coordinator Ricky Flynt.

“The weather was absolutely perfect for the 10-day hunting season statewide,” Flynt said. “It gave hunters ample opportunity to hunt.”

MDWFP received a total of 4,414 permit applications and 957 of the 960 available permits were sold. The total harvest of 922 (out of more than 2,000 alligators captured) is surpassed only by the 2015 season (982). The season also saw one of the highest hunter success rates at 75%.

“We had the highest participation ever,” Flynt said. “Public water levels were above typical levels and that allowed hunters to get to areas that have not been accessible in other years.”

Of the seven zones, the Southwest Zone had the highest number of harvested alligators (422) and tied the Southeast Zone in the length category with (13.5-foot alligators).

“Alligator hunters are selective about the alligators they keep because of the limits,” Flynt said. “Hunters are allowed two gators, and only one that is over seven feet long.”

 

2019 Alligator Season by the numbers

Number of applicants

 4,414

Number drawn on first drawing

 960

Number sold after first drawing

 831 (86.6%)

Number drawn on second drawing

 129

Number sold after second drawing

 126 (97.7%)

Number of “opt outs” for second drawing

 70

Total permits sold

 957

Number of participated

802

Number of alligators caught and released

2,036

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