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MDWFP Alligator Program 

Ricky Flynt
Alligator Program Coordinator
(601) 432-2217

Heflin Gator pic

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, occassionally they do cause conflicts with humans.  Juvenile alligators often disperse into new territiories in the late spring and early summer months.  During this dispersal they occassionally 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 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.

Ricky Flynt
Alligator Program Coordinator
(601) 432-2217



Public Waters Season: 12:00 noon August 28 - 12:00 noon September 7, 2015

Private Lands Season: 12:00 noon August 28 - 6:00 am September 21, 2015

NOTICE: Some procedures and the permitting process, compared to the information provided in the 2014 links above have changed for 2015.




On March 18, 2015, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks approved the 2015 Alligator Hunting Season Administrative Rules including the associated changes for the permitting process for public water hunting.

The changes for the 2015 Public Waters Alligator Season include:

  • Elimination of the application/drawing process
  • Permits will be offered for sale on a First-Come-First-Serve basis beginning on July 14, at 9:00am. 
  • Payment for the Possession Permit and the Alligator Hunting License must be submitted immediately and is not refundable or transferable. 
  • Permits may only be purchased electronically via the MDWFP Website. 
  • Permits are limited to residents only. 
  • Each person is limited to only one permit in one hunting zone of their choice, if available. 
  • Possession Permit cost increased to $150 and the Alligator Hunting License is $25. 
  • A valid All Game type hunting license, Lifetime License, or Exempt License is required to purchase an alligator permit or license. 
  • Elimination of mandatory attendance to a MS Alligator Hunting Training Course for permitted hunters. 
  • A voluntary Alligator Hunting Training Course will be offered in Central Mississippi and registration will be required. 
  • Hunting Zones and permit allocation in each zone remains unchanged from 2014.


View the 2014 HARVEST SUMMARY for PUBLIC WATERS - Click Here


NEWS UPDATES: 2014 Alligator Season

September 2 - Update:

September 2, 10:00 am:   The weight record for a male alligator has been broken for the second time since the season opened on August 29.  At 6:00 am, the MDWFP Alligator Program certified a new weight record at 792 pounds.  The alligator was taken by permit holder, Brian Montgomery of Starkville and his two friends, Scott Berry of Raymond and Jesse Phillips of Starkville just after midnight on September 2 from a portion of the Mississippi River within the Southwest Alligator Hunting Zone.  The alligator was 13 feet 5 inches long and measured 69 1/4 inches in belly girth and 51 inches in tail girth.  Scott Berry is not new to alligator hunting in Mississippi.  He has participated with other permit holders in previous years.  Interestingly, Scott Berry was also a part of the hunting party that recorded the most recent weight record of 756 pounds on Saturday, August 30. 

The record was certified at Mahannah Wildlife Management Area.

The season on public waters closes at noon, September 8.  Weather forecasts indicate increasing chances for showers and scattered thunderstorms.  The MDWFP encourages alligator hunters to be mindful of sudden changes in weather that could include brief violent storms with lightning.  If boaters are caught in a storm with lightning, get off of the water immediately and seek cover on the bank. Never seek cover on the water or on the bank near isolated trees that may attract lightning. 

All permitted hunters are required to complete an on-line harvest report and survey within 48 of harvesting an alligator.

No accidents have been reported. 


Pictured below (L-R) Brian Montgomery, Scott Berry, Jesse Phillips with the NEW Weight Record Male Alligator at 792 pounds, 13 feet 5 inches long.

Montgomery Record 1

Pictured below (L-R) Jesse Phillips, Brian Montgomery, and Scott Berry with the NEW Weight Record Male Alligator at 792 pounds, 13 feet 5 inches long. 

Montgomery Record 2



August 30 - Update:

August 30, 3:00 pm:   Today at 12:40 pm, MDWFP officials certified a NEW record weight for a male alligator taken by a hunter.  The alligator was taken by permit holder, Robert Mahaffey of Brandon and his two assistants.  It was harvested from an area of the Mississippi River in the Southwest Alligator Hunting Zone. Their alligator weighed 756 pounds and was 13 feet 1 3/4 inches long.  It's belly girth and tail girth was 67 1/4 inches and 45 1/2 inches, respectively.  The gator was initially captured using bowfishing equipment.  The previous record, 741.5 pounds, was taken from the Southwest Zone during the 2013 season by Lee Turner of Madison, Mississippi.

A rain system is slowly moving across much of western and central Mississippi hampering many hunters efforts.  However, it may begin to clear away from the western part of the state before sunset offering better hunting conditions tonight.

Pictured below (L-R) Jay Leggette and Robert Mahaffey with the NEW Record Weight Male Alligator - 756 pounds.

Mahaffey Record Gator 2014



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