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MDWFP Alligator Program 

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

 

NOTICE: PERMITTING PROCEDURES HAVE CHANGED FOR 2015...See below

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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
rickyf@mdwfp.state.ms.us

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ALLIGATOR SEASON DATES for 2015:

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.

SEE BELOW:

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2015 ALLIGATOR SEASON and PERMITTING PROCEDURES CHANGES ANNOUNCED

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.

 

  • THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO THE PRIVATE LANDS SEASON or the private lands permitting process for 2015.

HELPFUL HINTS for interested public waters hunters who desire to purchase a permit on July 14, 2015:

  1. The purchase of a Public Waters Alligator Possession Permit requires that you must either possess a MS All Game or combination-type hunting/fishing license. This includes exempt seniors or exempt disabled customers.  It is suggested that customers be certain to have a valid license at least 3 days prior to July 14.  However, you will have the option to purchase the necessary prerequisite hunting/fishing license during the same transaction of the possession permit on July 14.
  2. Lifetime License and Native Son Lifetime License holders are eligible, even if you no longer live in Mississippi.
  3. There are no exemptions for persons over 65 years of age or disability.  See  #4 and #5 BELOW.
  4. If you will be 65 years of age or older prior to July 14, go ahead and purchase a Senior Exempt License ($5) several days prior to July 14.
  5. If you are a exempt disabled resident, go ahead and purchase a Disabled Exempt hunting license ($5) several days prior to July 14.
  6. The alligator permit purchase process will not go live until 9:00 AM CDT on July 14.  
  7. Do not try to begin the process of purchasing your permit on the website before 9:00 AM, doing so will only lead you to a dead end and complications.
  8. Have a valid credit card or debit card available.
  9. A valid email address is required to purchase a permit.  This email will be used to communicate valuable information when needed.  We recommend you enter a email address that you will monitor regularly. 

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