Private Lands Alligator Hunting Info
ALLIGATOR SEASON DATES for 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, are subject to change for 2015.
Stay tuned for updates by April 2015.
Private Lands Season Regulations and Open Counties Map
- 2014 Private Lands Alligator Hunting Regulations
- See open counties map and regulations above.
- Completed applications and all required information should be submitted from June 1-July 1, deadline is July 1.
How to Apply for Private Lands Alligator Permits
- Complete instructions are included in the application form.
- Applications will be accepted from June 1-July 1. Deadline is July 1.
- All applications, with required documents, and the application fee must be recieved in the MDWFP Jackson Office by July 1, 2015.
- There is no application fee for 2015
- Anyone may submit an application for a property in the open counties, provided that the landowner signs the application.
- Only 1 application may be submitted for each property.
- DOWNLOAD and print Private Lands Application Here
TRAINING COURSE INFORMATION:
The MS Alligator Hunting Training Courseis 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.
Only one course will be offered for 2015:
August - Roosevelt State Park (Morton, MS)
Training Course Directions and Instructions
Obtaining CITES Tags after the harvest
Obtaining CITES Tags:A federal CITES tag is required to be attached to the hide near the end of the tail if being sold to a licensed alligator parts dealer/processor or prior to transportation across state lines. A CITES tag(s) will be mailed to you upon receipt of your harvest report. CITES tags may also be obtained from Regional Offices in person, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
- The wildlife agencies of Arkansas and Louisiana have
specifically approved that properly licensed hunters with legally
harvested alligators with properly attached
temporary possession tags are legal to transport through their respective
states for the purpose of processing.
- Jackson Main Office, Wildlife Bureau - (601) 432-2217
- North Region Office, Enid - (662) 563-6224
- Central Region Office, Canton - (601) 859-3421
- South Region Office, Magnolia - (601) 783-2911
Record Alligator Certification Procedures
Hunters who wish to certify an alligator as a potential state
record of harvest should
contact the MDWFP at 601-432-2217 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, plus length and girth measurements)
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.
Regarding Weight Records: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 the ground.
- 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.
The current length records are:
- Male - 13 feet 7 inches (weighed 687.5 pounds, belly girth 62 in., tail girth 43 in.)
- Female - 10 feet 0 inches (weighed 295.3 pounds, belly girth 50 in., tail girth 32 in.)
The current weight records are:
- Male - 741.5 pounds (13 ft. 6.5 in., belly girth 65 in., tail girth 46 in.)
- Female - 295.3 pounds (10 ft. 0 in., belly girth 50 in., tail girth 32 in.)