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Applications open for alligator hunting season

Courtesy of MDWFP

If you want to join in on alligator hunting season in Mississippi, now is your chance.

While the season doesn’t begin until the end of August, the application process for alligator hunting licenses is open officially open, but the number of permits is limited. A total of 930 permits will be available within 7 hunting zones across the state for the short 10-day season. After sending in your application, your chances of receiving a permit is based on the luck of the draw. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will be accepting applications beginning today through 10:00 a.m. on June 7. Permits are given out after the application process is closed and a random drawing is held.

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

The first drawing will take place on 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.

The 2018 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season in Mississippi will be open from August 31 – September 10, 2018.

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