• Alligator

    Vicksburg's Dustin Bockman, 27, stands in the Mississippi River holding up the tail of Mississippi's new state record for heaviest alligator. Bockman, his brother Ryan and friend Cole Landers caught the 727-pound monster early Sunday morning near the mouth of the Big Black River. The gator was 13 feet, 4.5 inches long, was 67 inches around in the belly, and 45.5 inches around the tail.

    Gator record broken — twice

    700-pounders caught on Yazoo, Big Black rivers, MDWFP says
    September 01, 2013 at 2:51pm
    Rain suits and foul weather have been commonplace at alligator hunts since they began in Mississippi in 2005.

    Flynt says conditions best yet for gator hunting

    Season opens at noon Friday, statewide for first time
    August 27, 2013 at 4:00pm
    This 12-foot male and his 9-foot female companion were about 10 feet apart on a bank when the author saw them.

    Gator time: Photo saved our story

    Season opens next weekend, share your tales
    August 23, 2013 at 9:30am
    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will be accepting applications for the public waters alligator hunt until midnight tonight (June 17).

    Gator application deadline is midnight tonight

    Over 6,000 applicants have submitted 23,000 applications in seven zones
    June 17, 2013 at 11:45am
    A last minute change makes alligator application free.

    Alligator applicants get surprise — it’s free

    Late change eliminates $10 fee per zone
    June 03, 2013 at 11:00am
    There were 513 alligators taken in Mississippi in 2012. This year's 10-day season will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 9.

    Gator application process June 3-17

    Record number of 920 permits available as season goes statewide
    May 02, 2013 at 9:00am
    The crew of (left to right) Jim Reed, Michael Robbers, Tom Grant and Kenny Winter set the Mississippi state record for the heaviest alligator killed by a hunter on Friday (Sept. 21) when they took this nearly 700-pounder in Issaquena County.

    State-record gator landed

    Massive Issaquena County alligator weighed nearly 700 pounds, MDWFP certifies.
    September 25, 2012 at 11:44am
    Tim Taylor of Ridgeland steadies his bow for a shot on a 10-foot alligator in this unique photo taken by Conservation Officer Rob Heflin of Isola, who happened up on the hunters Saturday night on the Sunflower River. The shot was needed after the original hook and line had fallen out of the gator, and only the snare around its tail, held by Woodie Reaves (stooping) of Jackson, remained.

    Luck of the draw

    Pivotal moment of alligator hunt is captured in photo
    September 13, 2012 at 9:00am
    As many as 810 alligator hunters will be looking to take a giant gator like this 12-footer seen sunning on a bank behind a sandbar at Barnett Reservoir. The season, divided into six zones, will be Sept. 7-17, but the application process is underway and ends Friday (June 15).

    Apply now for chance to hunt gators

    Mississippi divided into six zones for the 2012 season
    June 11, 2012 at 12:15pm
    Alligator hunting has been greatly expanded by the MDWFP, providing more permits and opening all public waters in six regions.

    Alligator hunting opportunities expanded

    Number of permits increases by 40 percent, more public waters open for hunting by MDWFP
    March 28, 2012 at 9:26am
    The team of Clinton Sennett (left), Jody Fortenberry (center) and Jake Ponder (right) and Brian Jackson (not shown) spent all night long Sept. 16 to land the state-record alligator.

    Foursome take state-record alligator

    'Gus' weighed 690 1/2 pounds, took all night long to capture.
    September 29, 2011 at 2:23pm
    The first segment of the Pearl River alligator hunt has been postponed because of hazardous river conditions, the MDWFP said.

    Pearl River alligator hunt postponed for two weeks

    All other alligator hunting dates remains the same, the MDWFP says.
    September 08, 2011 at 4:26pm