Mississippi Private Lands Alligator Hunting Season Announced

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This male alligator was 109 4/8 inches long when captured.JACKSON – The Commission on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has announced its intention to open a private lands alligator hunting season in the following counties; Hinds, Holmes, Issaquena, Madison, Rankin, Warren and Yazoo counties.  The season dates are September 26 – October 4. Persons who own private land that contain a minimum of 20 acres of permanent surface water within these counties, may be eligible to receive a special harvest voucher to harvest an alligator from their property. Vouchers will be issued at the rate of one for the first 20 acres of surface water and an additional voucher for each additional 100 acres of surface water. No public water will be considered for eligibility.  Landowners will be allowed to transfer any or all vouchers to residents or non-residents 16 years of age or older.  The possessors of the vouchers are required to attend and complete the MDWFP Private Lands Alligator Hunting Training Course on September 6, from 9 a.m. until noon at the MDWFP Central Office in Jackson. Upon completion, the holder of the harvest voucher will be eligible to purchase a Private Lands Alligator Hunting Permit (PLAHP).  The cost of the PLAHP is $100 for residents and $200 for non-residents. Other license requirements may apply.

An application and other proof of ownership are required.  There is a $5 fee to apply.  For more information, instructions, and applications visit www.mdwfp.com/alligator or you may call (601) 432-2199.

The deadline for application submission to the MDWFP is August 15, 2008.