The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks recently finalized regulations for the state's upcoming alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands. The statewide public-waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways. A total of 920 permits will be available within seven hunting zones across the state for the 10-day season, which runs from Aug. 26 through Sept. 5. The permitting process for public-waters hunting was changed. The permits will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis. Permits will be available only electronically through the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks' website beginning at 9 a.m. July 19. Permits will remain on sale until they're sold out. Possession-permit prices are $150 and the alligator hunting license is $25. A private-lands possession permit is $100 for residents, $200 for non-residents. The fee isn't refundable or transferable. To purchase an alligator hunting permit you must be a Mississippi resident, at least 16 and possess a valid prerequisite resident license prior to July 19: 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. An alligator-hunting training course will be provided to permit holders, but is no longer mandatory.
The private-lands alligator hunting season from Aug. 26 to Sept. 19 will be available to landowners whose properties meet specific qualifications within 31 open counties. Three new counties -- Lowndes, Noxubee, and Oktibbeha -- were added for the private-lands season for 2016. Applications and instructions for private-lands permits are available online and must be submitted by July 1.