Alligator Hunting Season and Permit Process Approved for 2018


On April 18, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved rule changes for the 2018 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi. The statewide public waters season will offer 930 permits within 7 hunting zones across the state for the 10-day season, August 31 – September 10, 2018. The process for issuing permits will remain the same as in 2017—an electronic application process followed by a random drawing of applicants. Applications will be accepted from June 1-7, 2018 via the MDWFP website. The first drawing will take place on or about June 13.

A private lands alligator hunting season is available to landowners whose properties meet specific qualifications within 34 open counties. Grenada County has been added for the private lands season for 2018. Applications and instructions for private lands permits are available online. Applications with all required documents are accepted by mail to the Jackson Central Office beginning May 1 and must be submitted by July 1.

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