• Alligator

    Daniel Wilson, of Mobile, Alabama, shows off the 9-foot alligator he battled and eventually harvested from his Hobie PA 14 in Bayou Heron south of Pascagoula on Sept. 1.

    9-foot gator landed — from a ‘yak!

    40-minute battle in Bayou Heron culminates in angler’s first-ever gator
    September 12 at 11:40am
    Mississippi's 10-day gator season opens Aug. 31. Most permit holders have a lot of assistants to help tackle the big alligators.

    Gator season opens Friday

    It’s a 10-day period that thousands enjoy each year
    August 30 at 4:30pm
    Want to get in on the alligator hunting action? The MDWFP 2018 application process begins June 1.

    Gator application period opens June 1

    930 permits available for season Aug. 31-Sept. 10
    May 25 at 2:00pm
    Bryan Burnside (far right) set a new Mississippi record for length when he and Muddy Water Maniacs teammates (from left) Colby Acy, Stephen Brady and Anthony Acy, killed this 14-foot, 3/4-inch monster caught early Monday morning just off the Mississippi River near Natchez.

    Muddy Water Maniacs set gator record for length

    Burnside's monster is longest on public or private waters
    August 28, 2017 at 4:00pm
    Mississippi's 10-day public lands alligator hunting season opens Friday at noon.

    Gator season opens Friday at noon

    920 permit holders, and partners, begin the hunt statewide
    August 24, 2017 at 4:30pm
    Tiffany Wienke (left) of Vicksburg set the record for the longest alligator in 2016 with this 13-foot, 7 ½-inch brute caught in Bayou Pierre near its mouth on the Mississippi River.

    Gator time

    August is scorching hot, but there’s still plenty for a Mississippi sportsman to do
    August 14, 2017 at 7:00am
    All regions of Mississippi have big alligators, but for the truly big ones like this it’s best to be close to the Mississippi River or its backwaters and tributaries.

    Enough big ol’ good ’uns to go around

    August 14, 2017 at 7:00am
    Applications are now being accepted for Mississippi's 2017 alligator season in August and September. Wannabe gator hunters have until June 7 to apply.

    It’s gator hunt application week

    Wannabe hunters have until June 7 to apply
    June 01, 2017 at 1:45pm
    This big gator was an unwelcome visitor at a golf course home in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. last week.

    Alligator bulls way through screen door, relaxes on 2nd-story porch

    South Carolina family alarmed by what they thought was human intruder
    April 20, 2017 at 11:40am
    The process for obtaining prized alligator hunting permits will change for the 2017 season, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

    Gator drawing process to change

    No longer a first-come, first-served online permit grab
    March 31, 2017 at 1:30pm
    A trio of alligator hunters, from left, Cody Armstrong of Rankin County, Kristy Ingold of Holmes and Glace Rone of Attala County, teamed to take this 13-foot, 1-inch and 694 pound gator on the Yazoo River.

    Trio joins 13-foot club

    Team hauls in a 694-pound Yazoo River gator
    September 07, 2016 at 7:00am
    This 11 1/2-foot 400-pound-plus gator gave team River Reapers, (from left) Tim Taylor, Jaimie McInvale, Ken Martin, Chris Ebelhar, permit holder Wade Robinson and Hardy Simmons, a hard time on Barnett Reservoir Tuesday night.

    River Reapers’ giant put up a battle

    Help was needed to subdue the 11½-footer, and story shows why sport is so popular
    September 01, 2016 at 3:45pm
    The party led by Tiffany Wienke of Vicksburg took this big alligator Saturday night on Bayou Pierre near Port Gibson to set a new public waters record for length — 13 feet, 7 7/8 inches.

    Weekend provides record, other gator tales

    Bayou Pierre yields longest alligator ever taken on state’s public waters
    August 29, 2016 at 11:15am
    Mississippians with permits can begin hunting alligators today at noon.

    Gator hunt opens at noon

    Excited hunters urged to be careful, have fun, make memories
    August 26, 2016 at 10:45am
    This alligator caught by Kennie Crechelle (right) of Morton in 2015 holds the record for longest and heaviest on private lands. It was 14 ¼ inches long and weighed 824 pounds.

    Expect more gator records quickly

    Statewide public waters season opens on Friday
    August 23, 2016 at 2:40pm