Alligator hunting permit application process begins Friday

If you’ve ever wanted to go alligator hunting, now’s your chance to apply for a permit for the upcoming season.

960 permits will be issued by the Dept. of Wildlife, and if you want a chance to receive one, you’ll be able to submit an application beginning tomorrow (May 31st) at 10:00 a.m. After the June 6 deadline, a random drawing will take place and the winners will be notified with an email.

Winners will have 48-hours to purchase their permit, and a second drawing will take place for permits that are not purchased during the first 48-hour period.

To be eligible to apply for an alligator hunting permit you must be a Mississippi resident and at least 16-years-old.  Applicants must also have one of the following licenses to be eligible to apply: a valid 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, Disabled Exempt License, or Lifetime License.

The 2019 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season in Mississippi will open at noon August 30 and conclude at noon on September 9.  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. It is illegal and very dangerous for the public to capture and remove or kill an alligator without a special permit from the MDWFP.

Applicants may only apply in one alligator hunting zone of their choice.

Applications will be accepted online at www.mdwfp.com or at any point of sale location where Mississippi hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

For more info, click here – Alligator Hunting Program