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MDWFP Alligator Program

Ricky Flynt
Alligator Program Coordinator
(601) 432-2217
rickyf@mdwfp.state.ms.us

 

 

Alligators may be found all across Mississippi. They are most prevalent in the southern two-thirds of the state (south of Hwy 82). While alligators typically avoid humans and human activity, occasionally they do cause conflicts with humans. Juvenile alligators often disperse into new territories in the late spring and early summer months. During this dispersal, they occasionally find themselves in unusual locations near human development, such as; farm ponds, road ditches, highways, parking lots, yards, swimming pools, neighborhood water landscape pools, and even buildings. It is illegal and very dangerous for the public to capture and remove or kill an alligator without a special permit from the MDWFP. As human developments (residential and commercial) continue to encroach into more rural areas of the state, increased interaction and conflicts with wildlife are subject to occur. To report a nuisance alligator please see Nuisance Alligator Information below.

Mississippi offered its first public alligator sport hunting season in 2005.  From 2005 until 2011, opportunities expanded gradually to include 480 permits on portions of two major waterways, one coastal and one inland.  In 2012, Mississippi expanded sport hunting opportunities on public waters to over two-thirds of the state and in 2013 alligator hunting on public waters was opened statewide.  The State was divided into 7 geographical zones with a 10-day season total of 920 available in a web-based application/drawing and permit sales process.  An alligator hunting training course is provided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks.  Permit holders may harvest 2 alligators over 4 feet long, only one of which may exceed 7 feet long.  The bag limit restrictions are intended to distribute harvest among adults and juvenile alligators.  Alligators over 7 feet long comprised 50%, 47%, 48%, and 43% from 2014-2017, respectively.  Total alligator harvests were 682, 982, 784, 741 on public waterways from 2014-2017, respectively.  Females comprised 30%, 35%, 31%, and 31% of the harvest from 2014-2017, respectively.  The average length of all harvested alligators from 2014-2017 were 7.77 feet (Males 8.28 ft. and Females 6.55 ft.).  Alligators that were 10 feet or longer comprised 23%, 27%, 28%, and 26% of harvest from 2014-2017, respectively. 

Private lands alligator hunting opportunities are offered in 33 counties.  In 2017, there were a record of 126 landowner applications approved for permits that totaled 307 available harvest vouchers on 23,278 acres of alligator habitat.  There were 84, 115, 95, and 117 alligators harvested on private lands from 2014-2017, respectively.   Properties in the open counties must contain a minimum of 20 acres of privately owned permanent surface water to qualify for an alligator harvest voucher.  Additional vouchers are issued for each additional 100 acres of privately owned permanent surface water.  Each voucher allows the harvest of 2 alligators over 4 feet long, only one of which may exceed 7 feet long.

 

2019 Alligator Season News:

July 9, 2019

All Private Land Permit Packets have been processed and entered into the mail system as of today. 

If you are applicant who submitted the application and have not received your packet by August 8, please notify the Alligator Program Coordinator via email Ricky.Flynt@wfp.ms.gov with your name, correct mail address, name of the property and/or Property ID#, and the county that it is located in, so that we can verify the address for the packet is correct.

 

July 2, 2019

All Public Water Permit Packets have entered into the mail system as of today. 

If you are a permit holder and have not received your packet by August 1, please notify the Alligator Program Coordinator via email Ricky.Flynt@wfp.ms.gov with your name, correct mail address and MDWFP Customer Number, so that we can verify the address for the packet is correct.

 

June 27. 2019

Registration for the 2019 Alligator Hunting Training Course is open.  The course is July 20 from 1:00-4:30 pm at the Livingston Center at Roosevelt State Park in Morton, MS.

The course is limited to permit holders and one guest per permit holder.

You may register here: https://xnet2.mdwfp.com/alligator/instruction/classes/signup/

 

June 26, 2019

The permitting process for Public Water Alligator Hunting Permits is complete.  Permit packets are scheduled to be mailed to all Permit Holders during the first week of July. 

Permit Packets will include: an Alligator Possession Permit ($200), Alligator Hunting License ($25). Temporary Possession Tags, the 2019 Alligator Hunting Guide, Permit Instructions Letter, FAQs Sheet, and Harvest Report Data Cards. 

June 21, 2019

The 2nd Drawing is complete.
 
As planned, Winners will be notified by email beginning at 12:00 Noon on Monday, June 24. Winners will have until 12:00 Noon, Wednesday June 26 to complete the purchase of their permit. 
There were 129 available permits that were not claimed after the 1st Drawing Purchase Process.  Each of the 7 zones have permits available in the 2nd Drawing.   
 
BE ADVISED: Don't wait until the last moment. If there is a technical problem you will need time to contact the MDWFP by phone at (601) 432-2055) to assist you before the clock strikes 12 bells. Successful transaction will receive a screen that acknowledges "Successful Transaction" along with a receipt and an email confirmation.
 
You may go to "Check Status" immediately after 12:00 Noon Monday to see if you have been drawn, regardless of email notifications. If you find that you are a winner, you may proceed from their to purchase your permit.
 
The Check Status link https://www.ms.gov/mdwfp/alligator will change at Noon Monday June 24 to allow you to check to see if you have been drawn. Until that time, it will only provide information and instructions.
 
BE ADVISED: If you have used a business or corporate email address in your application, your email administrator may have security restrictions turned up so high that emails may be blocked from our alligator drawing administrator. Therefore, "Check Status" is a good avenue to use. Those type of restrictions are beyond MDWFP control and lie solely upon the customer. As a courtesy, the drawing administrator will make attempts to contact any blocked winner email addresses by phone on Monday.
 
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June 14, 2019

The First Alligator Drawing and Purchase process is complete.  A second drawing for any remaining unpurchased permits will take place and winners will be notified via email on June 24, 2019 at 12:00 Noon.  If you were drawn in the first drawing and failed to complete your purchase by the deadline, your permit has been relinquished.

Applicants who may have friends and family who were drawn in the first drawing and have no desire to obtain an additional permit may “OPT OUT”  of the second drawing in order to offer more opportunity for other applicants to be drawn in the second drawing.

To OPT OUT of the second drawing go here:  https://www.ms.gov/mdwfp/alligator

 

 

2019 PERMIT ALLOTMENT  

ZONE # of PERMITS # INCREASED FOR 2019
NW 40 0
NE 130 0
WC 190 10
SW 190 10
SC 150 0
SE 160 0
Pearl/RBR 100 10
TOTAL 960 30

     

 

 

PUBLIC WATERS Alligator Hunting Information

PRIVATE LANDS Alligator Hunting Information

Nuisance Alligator Program Information

Alligator Articles & Video Clips

Alligator Skinning and Tanning Instructions

 

Mississippi Processors Information

Alligators legally harvested and properly tagged by permitted alligator hunters may only be sold to:

  • A licensed MS Agent Alligator Trapper
  • A person who possesses a MS Fur Dealer's License.
  • A person who is licensed to purchase alligators in another state.

The following contacts are MDWFP approved buyers and processors.  They have CITES Tags on hand for your convenience.  They will not receive any alligator or hide that is not properly tagged with a MS Temporary Possession Tag.

MEAT PROCESSING:

  • B and L Taxidermy and Processing, MEAT PROCESSING ONLY, Danny Boler, 73 Standard Hill Rd., Vicksburg, MS  39183, PH. (601) 634-6338 or (601) 218-9378. 
    • Tab and Yvette Pitre licensed buyers from Louisiana will be on hand. Call Ph. (985) 258-0355 for more details.

 

  • Bozo's Seafood, Pascagoula, MS - Drop-off Location (WHOLE CARCASS buying only) (NO MEAT PROCESSING)
    • Under the care of Tab and Yvette Pitre licensed buyers from Louisiana will be on hand from opening weekend and second weekend. Call Ph. (985) 258-0355 or (985) 258-0354 for more details. 

 

  • Woodrow (Woody) Cain,  MEAT PROCESSING ONLY, 2133 Old Hwy 61 N., Port Gibson, MS  39150, PH (601) 618-8261

 

  • Dewayne Denton, MEAT PROCESSING ONLY, 338 Denton Rd. Holcomb, MS  38940. PH (662) 310-3337.

ALLIGATOR CARCASS and HIDE BUYER:

  • Tab and Yvette Pitre, WHOLE CARCASS and HIDE BUYERS, will receive alligators Aug 31 - Sept 10 at B & L Processing in Vicksburg. Call for more information on prices and pickup times call Tab Pitre (985) 258-0355 or Yvette Pitre (985) 258-0354.

 

Download the 2019 Alligator Hunting Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUGUST 28 -

New Mississippi Alligator Length Record

8/28/2017 12:30:32 PM
From MDWFP

NATCHEZ - A new alligator length record was certified August 28, 2017 by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Alligator Program Coordinator, Ricky Flynt. The alligator was taken in the Southwest Alligator Hunting Zone by the hunting party of Bryan Burnside of Brandon, MS near Natchez, MS. 

The alligator was certified as the “longest male alligator taken by a permitted hunter in Mississippi.” The alligator’s length was 14 feet ¾ inch, which broke the previous record by ½ inch. The alligator weighed 766.5 pounds. The belly girth was 69 inches, and the tail girth was 43 inches.

HUNTING PARTY PHOTOS (L-R) Colby Acy, Stephen Brady, Anthony Acy, and Brian Burnside  

 

 

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