JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The 2019 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season opens in Mississippi Friday at noon. The season will be open for 10 days and will close at noon, Monday, Sept. 9.
A total of 960 permits in seven hunting zones across the state were offered in two random drawings.
During the June application period, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries received over 4,400 hunting permits.
This is the 15th year of public waterway alligator hunting in Mississippi and wildlife officials expect high participation.
All people, 16 years of age or older, who are in a vessel with, or assisting a permit holder, must possess a Lifetime Hunting License or an Alligator Hunting License 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.
Licenses are available online (click the attached link) or at any point of sale location where Mississippi hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT.