Although the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has not taken final action on the 2021 public waters alligator season, the proposals approved in March show a total of 960 permits available through a draw.
Ricky Flynt, the program coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, said no major changes are proposed for the 2021 season; the application process is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on June 1 and last through 10 a.m. on June 8, with an electronic draw to take place on or about June 14.
To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Mississippi, at least 16 years old, who possess either a valid Sportsman License, All-Game Hunting/Fishing License, Small Game Hunting/Fishing License, Apprentice Sportsman License, Apprentice All Game License, Apprentice Small Game License, Senior Exempt License, Disabled Exempt License, or a Lifetime License.
Applications are free, but there is a processing fee of between $2.29 to $2.34, depending on purchasing method. Only a credit or debit card will be accepted for online applications. Applicants can apply only once and in only one zone.
The 960 permits are divided thusly:
- Northwest Zone: 40.
- Northeast Zone: 130.
- West Central Zone: 190.
- Pearl River/Barnett Reservoir: 100.
- Southwest: 190.
- South Central: 150.
- Southeast: 160.
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