For the first time since alligator hunting began in Mississippi, public water alligator hunting permits went on sale on a first come, first served basis Tuesday, and all 920 permits sold within 45 minutes.
“This just goes to show the growing interest in alligator hunting in Mississippi,” said Ricky Flynt, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Alligator Program Coordinator. “It is very obvious the people of Mississippi are very passionate about the opportunity to go alligator hunting. It is personally and professionally satisfying for MDWFP to be able to provide this unique opportunity for hunters in Mississippi.”
The 2015 Mississippi public waters alligator hunting season begins August 28 and runs through September 7. The permits sold Tuesday were available within seven public water hunting zones across the state.
An alligator hunting training course will be offered August 15 at Roosevelt State Park for persons who purchased one of the permits. Attendance is no longer mandatory, but highly recommended for persons who obtained a special permit. Course topics will include alligator biology, research projects, legal capture and dispatching methods, skinning and processing, proper documentation and boating safety.
For more information regarding alligator hunting rules and regulations, visit mdwfp.com/alligator or call 601-432-2199.
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