8/25/2017 11:05:32 AM
JACKSON – The 2017 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season opens in Mississippi on Friday, August 25, at 12:00 noon. The season will be open for ten days and will close at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 4, 2017. A total of 920 permits in seven hunting zones across the state were offered in two random drawings of over 4,140 applicants during the application process in mid-June. This is the 13th year of public waterway hunting opportunity in Mississippi. Ricky Flynt, the Alligator Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is expecting high participation among the hunters. Flynt says, “Following one of the wettest summers on record, alligator hunters should experience great hunting conditions with most river levels being well above normal depths for this time of year, which will improve the amount of available navigable waters across most of the state.”
All persons, 16 years of age or older, who are in a vessel with or assisting a permit holder, must possess an Alligator Hunting License ($25) and a valid prerequisite hunting license, which includes the following: a Mississippi 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, or Disabled Exempt License. Lifetime License holders are not required to purchase or possess an Alligator Hunting License. Only hunters under the age of 16 are exempt from the license requirement. Licenses are available online at www.mdwfp.com or at any point of sale location where Mississippi hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT.
For more information regarding alligator hunting rules and regulations, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/alligator or call us at 601-432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.