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Alligator Harvest Report

View up to date alligator harvest summary data and statistics. Viewable data is posted here automatically when alligator hunters submit their Alligator Harvest Report.

Procedures and State Records Certification

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:

  1. Total length (feet - inches)
  2. Belly girth (inches)
  3. Tail girth (inches)
  4. 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.

Measuring Tips

  1. Lay the alligator on a flat surface with the carcass laying
          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.
  2. Measure to the nearest 1/8 inch.
  3. For weight, be sure the alligator is completely suspended from the ground.
  4. 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.

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