Mississippi’s alligator hunting season now open

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The 2017 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season opened Friday in Mississippi, now in its 13th year.

The season is for ten days and will close at 12 noon on Monday, Sept. 4.

A total of 920 permits in seven hunting zones across the state were offered in two random drawings of over 4,140 applicants during the application process in mid-June and have already been disbursed.

Ricky Flynt, the alligator program coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, is expecting high participation among the hunters.

All persons, 16 years of age or older, who are in a vessel with or assisting a permit holder, must possess an Alligator Hunting License ($25) and a valid prerequisite hunting license, which includes the following: a Mississippi Sportsman License, All-Game Hunting/Fishing License, Small Game Hunting/Fishing License, Apprentice Sportsman License, Apprentice All Game License, Apprentice Small Game License, Senior Exempt License, or Disabled Exempt License. Lifetime License holders are not required to purchase or possess an Alligator Hunting License.

Only hunters under the age of 16 are exempt from the license requirement. Licenses are available online or at any point of sale location where Mississippi hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT.

For more information regarding alligator hunting rules and regulations, visit the MDWFP website or call 601-432-2199.