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Applications for alligator hunting season open on Friday

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The 2022 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season opens in Mississippi on Friday.

This is the 18th year of public waterway alligator hunting in the Magnolia State and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) expects more than 3,500 people to participate with permitted hunters. The 10-day season will close at noon on Monday, September 5.

“Mississippi has experienced above average rainfall this summer in most areas, yet some areas of the state have not. The Mississippi River is lower than we have experienced in a number of years and will affect access to it and its associated tributaries.” MDWFP Alligator Program Coordinator, Ricky Flynt said. “Recent weather has brought widespread locally heavy rainfall with some areas experiencing over 10 inches. This could cause local flash flooding and dangerous waterway conditions. Hunters are encouraged to remain weather aware, delay hunting in dangerous conditions, and never go boating when there is a threat of lightning.”

All persons that are 16 years or older and are in a vessel with or assisting a permit-holder must possess an Alligator Hunting License with a valid prerequisite hunting license.

The following accepted licenses include:

  • 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.
  • Nonresident All-Game or NR 7-Day All Game License.

Licenses can be purchased online, at any point-of-sale location in Mississippi, or by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT.

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