Private Lands Alligator Hunting Info
The 2016 Alligator Hunting Seasons on Public Waters and Private Lands were finalized on April 20 by the Commission. There are no major changes compared to 2015 rules and procedures.
Alligator season opens on the last Friday in August each year (August 26 for 2016).
Below are changes for 2016:
ALLIGATOR SEASON DATES for 2017:
Private Lands Season: 12:00 noon August 25 - 6:00 a.m. September 18, 2017
The 2017 Edition will be coming soon! You may use the 2016 Edition for reference for methods and techniques.
How to Apply for Private Lands Alligator Permits
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 2016 will be at Roosevelt State Park on August 13, 2016.
Obtaining CITES Tags after the harvest
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.
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:
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.