July 26, 2005
Application on Instructions
JACKSON - Mississippi will have a special hunting season on alligators in
September, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and
On June 30, a public notice of intent was signed initiating the first public
alligator hunting season in Mississippi history.
Applications will be accepted Aug.1-15 and can be picked up at any District
office, the MDWF&P Jackson office, or the MDWFP website. After the application
period, 50 randomly drawn individuals will have the opportunity to harvest one
alligator, four feet in length or longer in the Pearl River, north of
Mississippi 43 and south of the Coal Bluff boat ramp.
Selected hunters will participate in a mandatory alligator training course on
Aug. 27 to be held at the Turcotte Hunter Education Facility on Mississippi 43.
It will focus on subjects such as alligator biology, capture methods, safety,
and animal processing.
Applicants for the hunt must be 16 years of age or older and must have a valid
hunting and fishing license. Selected hunters will be required to purchase an
Alligator Hunting License ($25) and an Alligator Possession Permit ($100). All
assistants in the hunting party will be required to purchase an Alligator
The season will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 16-18 and on Sept.
23-25. There will be a mandatory check-in and check-out at the Turcotte Hunter
Education Facility each day.
Uncontrolled hunting led the American alligator to endangered status in the
1950s and 60s, but its numbers have rebounded to levels that can support a
managed harvest across much of the southeastern United States, State Alligator
Program Leader Ricky Flynt said.
Upon completion of the 2005 alligator hunting season, MDWFP officials will
assess the hunting methods and successes in order to expand additional hunting
opportunities in other parts of the state.