MDWFP Alligator Program
Alligator Program Coordinator
1505 Eastover Dr.
Jackson. MS 39211
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 36 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.
Alligator Hunting Information
- PUBLIC WATERS Alligator Hunting Information
- Public Water Season: 12:00 Noon August 27 until 12:00 Noon September 6, 2021
- PRIVATE LANDS Alligator Hunting Information
- Private Lands Season: 12:00 Noon August 27 until 6:00 AM September 20, 2021
Applications will be accepted beginning at 10:00 a.m. June 1 - 10:00 a.m. June 8.
2021 Alligator Application Process
2021 PERMIT ALLOTMENT
Northwest 40 Southwest 190
Northeast 130 South Central 150
West Central 190 Southeast 160
Pearl/Ross Barnett 100
When are applications available?
Applications will be offered beginning at 10:00 a.m. June 1 until 10:00 a.m. on June 8, 2021.
Who can apply?
- To be eligible to purchase an alligator hunting permit application you must be at least 16 years of age at the time of purchase.
- Must possess one of the following valid resident licenses to be eligible: 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, Disabled Exempt License, or a Lifetime License.
- NO Exceptions.
If you do not currently possess one of the pre-requisite licenses listed above: You may purchase a pre-requisite license online Purchase Licenses Here , then immediately return to purchase your alligator hunting application.
How much does the application cost?
- Applications are free, a processing fee of $2.29 to $2.34, depending on purchasing method, will be charged. A credit card or debit card is required for on-line purchases.
How many times can I apply?
- Customers may purchase an application in only one Alligator Hunting Zone of their choice.
- There are 7 Zones: Northwest, Northeast, West Central, Southwest, South Central, Southeast, and the Pearl Ross Barnett Zone.
Where are applications sold?
- Applications are only accepted via purchase at any location that sells MS Hunting/Fishing Licenses, by phone (1-800-5GO-HUNT), and online via the MDWFP Webpage.
APPLICATION NOTE: At the time of application, customers are encouraged to review their application receipt or email confirmation to be sure that they have applied for the correct zone and that their email address is correct. If there is an error on your receipt, customers should call the MDWFP immediately to make corrections ph. (601) 432-2055.
When will the drawing take place?
- A random drawing for each hunting zone will be completed on about June 14 by a third-party-entity.
- A second drawing will occur on about June 22 to draw winners to fill any unpurchased permits that remain from the first drawing in each alligator hunting zone.
- The second drawing will consist of all applicants who were not drawn in the first drawing.
- The second drawing will occur only for zones that have unpurchased permits remaining from the first drawing.
How will winners be notified?
- Winners will be notified via email with a link to purchase their permit.
- An email address is required (notifications will be sent to winners via email).
- Winners of the 1st Drawing will have until 12:00 Noon on June 16 to complete their online permit purchase.
- The permit cost is $200.
- Winners of the 2nd drawing will be notified by email and will also be provided a link to purchase their permit. They will have until 12:00 Noon on June 24 to complete their online permit purchase..
- Customers may return to the Application Purchasing Page to “Check status” at any time and “Update Customer Information” between June 1-8.
How will I receive my permits and tags?
- A 2021 Alligator Hunting Guide and a complete information packet will be included with your Permit.
- Winners who successfully purchase their permit will receive their Permit/License/Tags in the mail in approximately 2 weeks.
- The Temporary Possession Tags are attached to the paper Permit/License and are to be torn off, signed, and placed onto your alligator, as required.
Alligator Hunting Training Course
The MS Alligator Hunting Training Course is now available online through a series of 11 video segments. They may be viewed at anytime at your leisure. The training course provides 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.
Please click on the link below for the NEW Online Alligator Hunting Training Course on YouTube. There are 11 video segments including a FAQ segment that is very helpful.
Alligator Articles & Video Clips
- Alligator Hunting Season Report 2020
- Alligator Awareness (Pamphlet)
- Range Map - Alligators in MS
- Alligator Nest Hatch Videos
- Alligator Tagging and Tales - (The tagging and release program)
- Alligators in Mississippi Then & Now
- The Recovery of the American Alligator in Mississippi
- Mississippi's First Alligator Hunting Season - 2005
- Alligator Hunting & Harvest History in Mississippi 2005-2019
- Public Water Harvest Summaries - 2012-2016
- MS Alligator Hunting Records
- Alligators - Neighbors or Nuisance Pest?
- Feeding Alligators: "It Could Cost You an Arm and A Leg"
- What's the Problem With Alligators? PEOPLE!
Nuisance Alligator Information