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Procedures and State Records
Hunters who wish to certify an alligator as a potential state
record of harvest should
contact the MDWFP at 601-432-2199 or (after business hours)
601-432-2170. Hunters should be prepared to provide the
following information at the time of your call:
- Total length (feet - inches)
- Belly girth (inches)
- Tail girth (inches)
- Weight (lbs) - Only needed if a potential weight record.
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.
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.
- Lay the alligator on a flat surface with the carcass
completly 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.
- Measure to the nearest 1/8 inch.
- For weight, be sure the alligator is completely suspended from
- For weight, be sure to "zero tare" the scales when chains
or straps are used to hoist the
alligator before hoisting the alligator
for measureing the weight. Chains
and straps should not be included into
the weight measurement.