Wildlife & Hunting

Private Lands Alligator Hunting Info

2020 Alligator Season News:

Alligator season opens on the last Friday in August each year (August 28 for 2020).

Below are changes for 2020:

  • There are no changes for 2020 compared to 2019.   

Private Lands Season: 12:00 noon August 28 - 6:00 a.m. September 21, 2020


How to Apply for Private Lands Alligator Permits

  • Complete instructions are included in the application form.
  • Applications will be accepted from June 1-July 1.  
  • Deadline for Applications is July 1.
  • All applications, with required documents must be received in the MDWFP Jackson Office by July 1, 2020.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • 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 property.
  • Download the Application Form Here 


Download the 2019 Alligator Hunting Guide 

(2020 Guide Coming Soon-there are no significant changes)




The MS Alligator Hunting Training Courses 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 2020 will be at the MS Museum of Natural Science on July 11, 2020.

Only an afternoon course will be offered that will start at 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM.


Obtaining CITES Tags after the harvest

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 respective
  • A federal CITES Tag must be attached to the head/hide/carcass, if left in the possession of a person, processor, or buyer in any other state than Mississippi. 
  • Never sell a hide or carcass to anyone who does not require a CITES tag. 


  • Jackson Main Office, Wildlife Bureau - (601) 432-2217
  • North Region Office, Enid - (662) 563-6222
  • Central Region Office, Canton - (601) 859-3421
  • South Region Office, Magnolia - (601) 783-2911


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 Mississippi Fur Dealer's License.
  • A person who is licensed to purchase alligators in another state (in the state of licensure).

The following contacts are MDWFP approved cooperating 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 Mississippi Temporary Possession Tag.


  • Hearn's Processing (formerly B&L Processing), WHOLE CARCASS or HIDES ONLY, 73 Standard Hill Rd., Vicksburg, MS  39183
  • CONTACT: Robert Cagnolatti @ Ph. (985) 278-8057, Tab Pitre @ Ph. (985) 258-0354, or Hank Hearn @                         (601) 218-0620

             Hours: Friday, August 30 - Opens at 5:00pm.

             Hours: August 31 through September 9 - 5:00am until 3:00pm Daily or call in advance to make                              arrangements for drop off after hours.

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

                 Hours: Open 24 hours during the open season.


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

                 Hours: 8:00am until 8:00pm Daily or call ahead to make arrangements.

Alligator Skinning and Tanning Instructions


Alligator Hunting Records:

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:

  1. Total length (feet - inches)
  2. Belly girth (inches)
  3. Tail girth (inches)
  4. 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 biologist.

Measuring tips:

  1. Lay the alligator on a flat surface with the carcass laying
          completely 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.
  2. Measure to the nearest 1/8 inch.
  3. For weight, be sure the alligator is completely suspended from the ground.
  4. For weight, be sure to "zero tare" the scales when chains
          or straps are used to hoist the alligator before hoisting the alligator
          for measuring the weight. Chains and straps should not be included into
          the weight measurement.



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