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Alligator Hunting & Harvest History in MS

The first public water alligator hunting season in Mississippi was initiated in September 2005.  In 2005, there were 50 permits available to a 13 mile stretch of the Pearl River north of Ross Barnett Reservoir and 30 alligators were harvested. 
 The first private land alligator hunting season was initiated in 2007 and was available to 3 open counties with a set number of permits available in each county. Alligator hunting opportunities have expanded each year as represented in the chart below.

The greatest expansion occurred in 2012.  For 2012, there were 6 geographically based public water alligator hunting zones with a total of 810 available permits, which compromises nearly two-thirds of the state and the season was extended to include 10 consecutive days in early September. For 2013, an additional zone, the Northeast Zone, was added allowing some statewide opportunity with 920 permits in 7 Hunting Zones.

ALLIGATOR HARVEST HISTORY 2005-2015
YEAR # PERMITS # APPLICATIONS

# HARVESTED

PUBLIC WATERS 

#HARVESTED

PVT LANDS

# of OPEN

COUNTIES  

2005 50 719 30 NA NA
2006 100 1,205 47 0 3
2007 200 1,233 134 0 3
2008 240 1,636 130 22 7
2009 240 1,626 154 59 13
2010 260 2,086 224 86 17
2011 480 2,858 182 99 25
2012 810 7,212 513 104 28
2013 920 25,529 677 103 28
2014 920 30,121 682 84 28
2015 1,138 11,639 982 119 28
TOTAL ... ... 3,755 676 ...

 

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