The 2018 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season in Mississippi will be open from August 31 – September 10, 2018.  The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will be accepting applications beginning 10:00 a.m. on June 1 through 10:00 a.m. on June 7, 2018. A total of 930 permits will be available within 7 hunting zones across the state for the 10-day season. Permits are limited by a random drawing and an application is required.  The application is free, but there is a $2.34 processing fee.

     Applicants may only apply in one alligator hunting zone of their choice. Applications will be accepted on-line at or at any point of sale location where Mississippi hunting and fishing licenses are sold. The first drawing will take place on or about June 13. Drawn applicants will be notified by email with a link to purchase their permit with a 48-hour deadline. Upon the purchase deadline, any unpurchased permits from the first drawing will be entered into a second drawing of available applicants. Drawn applicants from the second drawing will also be notified by email with a link to purchase their permit with a 48-hour deadline. A credit card or debit card is required to complete the online permit purchase.

To be eligible to apply for an alligator hunting permit you must be a resident of Mississippi at least 16 years of age at the time of application.  Nonresidents with a Mississippi Lifetime License are eligible. Applicants must 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.

For more information regarding alligator hunting rules and regulations, visit our website or call us at 601-432-2199.