Alligator Hunt Hours Extended

State wildlife officials have added a couple of hours to this year's alligator hunt on the Ross Barnett Reservoir and the Pascagoula River in exchange for elimination of Sunday from the schedule.

Ricky Flynt is the gator project leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Flynt says hunters wanted more hours and fewer numbers were hunting on Sundays before the Monday work week.

Flynt says the hunts will now be over two nights, Friday and Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 4 a.m.

At Barnett Reservoir, 120 permits will be available, 60 each for two two-day weekends: September 12th and 13th and September 19th and 20th.

Applicants must choose which weekend they want upon paying their $5 application fee. The area of hunting has expanded to include the entire upper Pearl River area to Lowhead Dam.

At Pascagoula River, 120 permits will be divided, 60 each for the weekends of September 26th and 27th and October 3rd and 4th. Hunting will only be allowed in Jackson County and none south of the U.S. Highway 90 Bridge.

The application period for both hunts will be July 1st through July 15th.

Applications can be handled at any point of sales location for hunting and fishing licenses. The $5 application fee is nonrefundable.

The limit at each area will be two alligators per permit. Both must exceed four feet and only one can exceed seven feet.

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