• Alligator

    It took only 45 minutes for the computerized drawing for 920 alligator permits to sell out.

    Online gator draw takes 45 minutes

    All 920 permits taken, leaving a lot of happy, sad and irate sportsmen
    July 19, 2016 at 4:00pm
    The drawing for Mississippi's public waters alligator hunt will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday (July 19), when the 920 available permits are expected to be claimed in less than an hour.<br />

    Gator drawing is 9 a.m. Tuesday

    The 920 permits should be gone within an hour
    July 18, 2016 at 1:30pm
    For Mississippi alligator hunters, the most important hour of the season happens long before it opens — 9 a.m. on July 19, when the 920 permits will go on sale through an online process. In 2015, it took 39 minutes for all permits to be claimed.

    Gator drawing is July 19

    Getting one of the 920 permits requires following proper steps
    July 08, 2016 at 10:45am
    After a successful and record alligator season in 2015, MDWFP officials have tweaked their regulations to open more opportunities in the top zones — like Barnett Reservoir where this giant 12-footer lives.

    2016 gator regulations proposed

    Re-allocation of permits puts more in most popular zones
    April 06, 2016 at 2:45pm
    A hunting party, led by Jonathon Kent (right) of Greenwood, caught a alligator last weekend that at 10 feet, ½-inch is a new state record for a female gator. Hunting with Kent were (from left) Nick Stuart of Fitler, Megan Annison of Brandon and Anna Kathryn Oaks-Kent of Greenwood.

    Another gator record broken

    Issaquena private land yields 10-feet, ½-inch female
    September 25, 2015 at 1:45pm
    When your hunting party is this large — left to right, Destin Rivers, Landri Rivers, Jacob Lee, Kennedy Rivers, Ken Rivers and Angelia Rivers all of Ellisville — it’s good to have a gator measuring 13 feet, 7 ¾ inches. Angelia Rivers now holds the record for the longest alligator caught in Mississippi.

    Gator total will top 960

    New permit process credited with increasing participation, harvest
    September 14, 2015 at 9:15am
    Casarah Graves Corey of Brooklyn sits on the back of the big gator her hunting party killed Friday night on the Leaf River. She shared a long history with the 10-foot, 4-inch alligator, which had become a threat to boaters and swimmers in the river near New Augusta.

    Woman gets gator with shared past

    Huge reptile had become a nuisance on the Leaf River
    September 02, 2015 at 3:00pm
    Craig Jones (bearded, second from left) and his hunting party and friends stand behind the 319-pound female alligator taken Sunday morning at Eagle Lake. It is the first female over 300 pounds taken by a hunter in Mississippi in 11 years, obviously making it the new state record for that division.

    New record for heaviest female gator

    Mendenhall man takes 319-pounder from Eagle Lake Sunday
    August 31, 2015 at 11:10am
    Morton's Kennie Crechale (right) killed the first Mississippi alligator ever certified to exceed 14 feet on Aug. 29, hunting with partner Ronnie Clifton of Petal. Hunting on a Private Lands Permit, Crechale shot the 14-foot, ¾-inch gator weighing 826 pounds on Davis Island in the Mississippi River.

    Gator records shattered with Davis Island monster

    826-pound alligator is first to top 14 feet in Mississippi
    August 30, 2015 at 12:19pm
    Natchez's Clayton Gibson, Parker Gibson, Reeve Gibson and Aidan Gibson( left to right) kneel behind the 822-pound alligator they caught Friday night just off the Mississippi River on the opening evening of the Mississippi alligator season. It beat the previous record for heaviest gator by 30 pounds.

    Mississippi state record for heaviest gator set this weekend, MDWFP says

    822-pounder was one of two records set as 2015 hunting season opens
    August 29, 2015 at 7:12pm
    When Mississippi’s alligator season opens at noon on Friday, 929 permit holders will be chasing the state record of 792 pounds captured in 2014 by (left to right) Brian Montgomery of Starkville, Scott Berry of Raymond and Jesse Phillips of Starkville.

    Bama gators stir Mississippi pot

    Two 900-pounders have hunters excited with state’s public water season opening on Friday
    August 24, 2015 at 11:00am
    The 920 permits available for the 2015 Mississippi Public Lands Alligator Hunt were all sold within 39 minutes.

    920 gator tags sold in 39 minutes

    Sell-out an indicator of how popular sport is in Mississippi
    July 15, 2015 at 5:00pm
    People wanting to test their skills and luck at alligator hunting, like these hunters did successfully in 2014, must first show their talent on navigating the internet in Tuesday's online process. All 920 permits will be available beginning at 9 a.m.

    Gator enthusiasts getting anxious

    Online first-come, first-served process starts 9 a.m. Tuesday
    July 13, 2015 at 1:20pm
    Under a proposed plan for the alligator hunting season in Mississippi, hunters will have to be quick instead of lucky to get a permit to chase monsters like this. The process will change from an application and draw to an online first-come, first-serve basis on July 14.

    Gator season to undergo major change

    Permits will be available online only on a first-in, first-serve basis
    March 19, 2015 at 9:00am
    This photo was used by a website to claim that a 185-year-old, 910-pound alligator killed by Mississippi hunters was found to have Civil War bullets in its hide. The photo was taken in 2012 of the then-state record gator, weighing 697.5 pounds, taken by Tom Grant (second from right).

    Civil War gator story ‘a hoax’

    Website claims a 185-year-old, 910-pound alligator had Confederate bullets in its body
    December 03, 2014 at 12:15pm
    As permit holder, Brian Montgomery of Starkville (left) gets official credit for Mississippi's new 792-pound state record alligator caught early Tuesday morning on the Mississippi River, but he readily admits that Scott Berry (center) of Raymond did most of the work. The third member of the party was Jesse Phillips (right) of Starkville. Berry was also leading the party that set the record at 756 pounds on Saturday.

    Gator record now at 792 pounds

    Starkville hunter enlists expert friend to break two-day old mark
    September 02, 2014 at 11:45am