Alligator hunting season opens in Mississippi

August 27, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s 10-day alligator hunting season is now open.

During the June application period, the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks received 6,100 hunting permit requests, of which 985 permits were offered in the state’s seven hunting zones.

“Mississippi waterways are experiencing lower than average levels due to recent dry weather. Hunters should exercise caution for shallow water obstructions while navigating our waterways, particularly at night during the 10-day hunting season,” MDWFP Alligator Program Coordinator Ricky Flynt said in a news release.

Flynt also urged hunters to beware of looming weather as Hurricane Ida could impact the state as early as late Sunday or Monday.

This is the 17th year of public waterway alligator hunting in Mississippi and wildlife officials expect more than 3,000 people will participate with permitted hunters. There were 876 alligators harvested during the 2020 season.

The season will close at noon on Monday, Sept. 6.