Wildlife & Hunting

MDWFP Alligator Program

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

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 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.

ALLIGATOR HUNTING TRAINING COURSE INFORMATION:

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 2017 will be at Roosevelt State Park on July 15, 2017.

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

CLICK HERE to Register for the ALLIGATOR HUNTING TRAINING COURSE

 

The Permitting Process for the 2017 Alligator Hunting Season on Public Waterways is completed, as of June 28.

  • Winners who have completed a permit purchase transaction by the deadline will receive an information packet in the mail with their Permit/License/Temporary Possession Tags enclosed.
  • All Packets for the 1st and 2nd Drawing Winners are being mailed between June 28-29th. 

   

PUBLIC WATERS Alligator Hunting Information

PRIVATE LANDS Alligator Hunting Information

Nuisance Alligator Program Information

Alligator Articles & Video Clips

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 MS Fur Dealer's License.
  • A person who is licensed to purchase alligators in another state.

The following contacts are MDWFP approved 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 MS Temporary Possession Tag.

  • B and L Taxidermy and Processing, WHOLE CARCASSES or HIDES ONLY, Danny Boler, 73 Standard Hill Rd., Vicksburg, MS  39183, PH. (601) 634-6338 or (601) 218-9378 
  • Woodrow (Woody) Cain,  MEAT PROCESSING PRIMARILY and  LIMITED HIDE OR CARCASS BUYING, 2133 Old Hwy 61 N., Port Gibson, MS  39150, PH (601) 618-8261
  • Dewayne Denton, MEAT PROCESSING PRIMARILY and  LIMITED HIDE OR CARCASS BUYING, 338 Denton Rd. Holcomb, MS  38940. PH (662) 310-3337.

Download the 2017 Alligator Hunting Guide

News - August 23, 2016

Alligator Season on Public Waterways and Private Lands will open at 12:00 Noon on August 26, 2016.  Watch for news updates here as they become available. 

NEW RECORD LENGTH MALE ALLIGATOR ON PUBLIC WATERS

On Sunday, August 28, 2016 a NEW record length male alligator for public waters was certified by the MDWFP Alligator Program Coordinator, Ricky Flynt, in Vicksburg, MS.

The alligator, taken by the hunting party of Tiffany Wienke of Vicksburg, measured 13 feet 7-7/8 inches, which beat the previous record by a mere 1/8 inch.  The alligator weighed 686 pounds and had a belly girth of 59 inches and a tail girth of 43 inches.  The Wienke hunting party harvested the alligator near the Mississippi River in Bayou Pierre in the Southwest Hunting Zone.

Alligator Season on public waters closes at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 5, 2016.

MS ALLIGATOR HUNTING RECORDS

Wienke Record Gator 2016(L-R in Photo) Tiffany Wienke, William Wienke, Krissie Gibson, Tim Gibson, Brandice Nowell, and  
Dusty Dubre.  (Photo by R. Flynt - MDWFP)