Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Mississippi’s Alligator Hunters Prepare for Season Opening
JACKSON - Over 1,100 permitted hunters and their guests recently attended the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) mandatory alligator training courses to prepare for the permitted alligator hunts on public waterways and private lands in 2014. These mandatory courses, held at Jones County Junior College, Delta State University, and Roosevelt State Park were led by MDWFP biologists and conservation officers. Course topics included alligator biology, research projects, legal capture and dispatching methods, skinning and processing, proper documentation, license purchasing procedures, and boating safety.
Alligator hunting is by special permit only. MDWFP received over 7,400 applications for permits in June of this year. Alligator hunting is open statewide and 920 permits are divided among seven public water hunting zones. Each special permit allows the harvest of two alligators over four feet long, but only one may exceed seven feet long. During the 2013 alligator season, 671 alligators were harvested on public waterways.
The public water alligator hunting season will open at noon on August 29 and conclude at noon on September 8. The private land alligator hunting season will open at noon on August 29 and conclude at 6 a.m. on September 22. There are 117 private properties among 28 open counties that qualified for private lands alligator hunting permits. Hunters are required to tag all harvested alligators and conduct a mandatory harvest report.
The media and public may obtain daily alligator season updates and news items by visiting the MDWFP Alligator Program webpage at www.mdwfp.com/alligator. Updates will be provided by noon each day of the 10-day season.
For more information regarding alligator hunting rules and regulations, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/alligator or call us at (601) 432-2199.
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