MDWFP Alligator Program
Alligator Program Coordinator
To submit an Alligator Harvest Report and Survey please click on the image above.
PUBLIC WATERS Alligator Hunting Information
PRIVATE LANDS Alligator Hunting Information
Alligator Skinning and Tanning Instructions
Mississippi Processors Information
Alligators legally harvested and properly tagged by permitted alligator hunters may only be sold to:
- A licensed MS Agent Alligator Trapper
- A person who possesses a Mississippi Fur Dealer's License.
- A person who is licensed to purchase alligators in another state (in the state of licensure).
The following contacts are MDWFP approved cooperating buyers and processors. They have CITES Tags on hand for your convenience. They will not receive any alligator or hide that is not properly tagged with a Mississippi Temporary Possession Tag.
- Hearn's Processing (formerly B&L Processing), WHOLE CARCASS or HIDES ONLY, 73 Standard Hill Rd., Vicksburg, MS 39183
CONTACT: Robert Cagnolatti @ Ph. (985) 278-8057, Tab Pitre @ Ph. (985) 258-0354, or Hank Hearn @ (601) 218-0620
Hours: Friday, August 30 - Opens at 5:00pm.
Hours: August 31 through September 9 - 5:00am until 3:00pm Daily or call ahead to make arrangements for after hours drop-off.
- Woodrow (Woody) Cain, MEAT PROCESSING ONLY, 2133 Old Hwy 61 N., Port Gibson, MS 39150, PH (601) 618-8261.
Hours: Open 24 hours during the open season.
- Dewayne Denton, MEAT PROCESSING ONLY, 338 Denton Rd. Holcomb, MS 38940. PH (662) 310-3337.
Hours: 8:00am until 8:00pm Daily or call ahead to make arrangements.
Alligators may be found all across Mississippi. They are most prevalent in the southern two-thirds of the state (south of Hwy 82). While alligators typically avoid humans and human activity, occasionally they do cause conflicts with humans. Juvenile alligators often disperse into new territories in the late spring and early summer months. During this dispersal, they occasionally find themselves in unusual locations near human development, such as; farm ponds, road ditches, highways, parking lots, yards, swimming pools, neighborhood water landscape pools, and even buildings. It is illegal and very dangerous for the public to capture and remove or kill an alligator without a special permit from the MDWFP. As human developments (residential and commercial) continue to encroach into more rural areas of the state, increased interaction and conflicts with wildlife are subject to occur. To report a nuisance alligator please see Nuisance Alligator Information below.
Mississippi offered its first public alligator sport hunting season in 2005. From 2005 until 2011, opportunities expanded gradually to include 480 permits on portions of two major waterways, one coastal and one inland. In 2012, Mississippi expanded sport hunting opportunities on public waters to over two-thirds of the state and in 2013 alligator hunting on public waters was opened statewide. The State was divided into 7 geographical zones with a 10-day season total of 920 available in a web-based application/drawing and permit sales process. An alligator hunting training course is provided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks. Permit holders may harvest 2 alligators over 4 feet long, only one of which may exceed 7 feet long. The bag limit restrictions are intended to distribute harvest among adults and juvenile alligators. Alligators over 7 feet long comprised 50%, 47%, 48%, and 43% from 2014-2017, respectively. Total alligator harvests were 682, 982, 784, 741 on public waterways from 2014-2017, respectively. Females comprised 30%, 35%, 31%, and 31% of the harvest from 2014-2017, respectively. The average length of all harvested alligators from 2014-2017 were 7.77 feet (Males 8.28 ft. and Females 6.55 ft.). Alligators that were 10 feet or longer comprised 23%, 27%, 28%, and 26% of harvest from 2014-2017, respectively.
Private lands alligator hunting opportunities are offered in 33 counties. In 2017, there were a record of 126 landowner applications approved for permits that totaled 307 available harvest vouchers on 23,278 acres of alligator habitat. There were 84, 115, 95, and 117 alligators harvested on private lands from 2014-2017, respectively. Properties in the open counties must contain a minimum of 20 acres of privately owned permanent surface water to qualify for an alligator harvest voucher. Additional vouchers are issued for each additional 100 acres of privately owned permanent surface water. Each voucher allows the harvest of 2 alligators over 4 feet long, only one of which may exceed 7 feet long.
2019 Alligator Season News:
SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 UPDATE
The hunting party of Paul Edwards of Okolona, MS has tied the record for longest female alligator in public waters. The alligator was 10 feet 0 inches and weighed 289 pounds. It had a belly girth of 48 inches and tail girth of 34.5 inches. It was taken in the late morning hours of September 5 from the West Central Alligator Hunting Zone. The alligator was certified by MDWFP Alligator Program Coordinator, Ricky Flynt on September 5, 2019.
(PHOTO L-R: Brandon Griggs, Marvin Griggs, Paul Edwards, Taylor Criddle, Hunter Griggs, and James Boyd)
SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 UPDATE
As of this date at 5:00PM, there have been no new record alligators certified for the opening weekend of alligator hunting season. One potential record was brought to the MDWFP, but fell just short of the current weight record for a male alligator on public waters. It weighed 790 pounds and was taken by Derrick Saucier of Pascagoula, MS in the Southeast Hunting Zone. Saucier's alligator was 13 feet and 6 inched long. The current weight record is 822 pounds.
Though reporting is incomplete, Alligator Harvest Reports indicate that at least 379 alligators have been harvested during the first weekend holiday period, which is a significant increase from the first weekend in 2018 (244).
AUGUST 28, 2019 UPDATE
SEASON DATES and BAG LIMITS:
Public Water Alligator Season opens at 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 30 and closes at 12:00 Noon on Monday, September 9, 2019. Alligator hunting requires a special permit from the MDWFP.
- Bag Limit = 2 alligators at least 4 feet long, only 1 may exceed 7 feet in length.
- Temporary Possession Tags must be signed and attached prior to transporting.
- All captured alligators must be either released or harvested and tagged immediately prior to transporting.
2019 PERMIT ALLOTMENT
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Nuisance Alligator Program Information
Alligator Articles & Video Clips
- Alligator Awareness (Pamphlet)
- Range Map - Alligators in MS
- Alligator Nest Hatch Videos
- Alligator Tagging and Tales - (The tagging and release program)
- Alligators in Mississippi Then & Now
- The Recovery of the American Alligator in Mississippi
- Mississippi's First Alligator Hunting Season - 2005
- Alligator Hunting & Harvest History in Mississippi 2005-2019
- Public Water Harvest Summaries - 2012-2016
- MS Alligator Hunting Records
- Alligators - Neighbors or Nuisance Pest?
- Feeding Alligators: "It Could Cost You an Arm and A Leg"
- What's the Problem With Alligators? PEOPLE!