On March 20, 2012, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved the Public Notice of Proposed Rule for the 2012 Public Waters and Private Lands Alligator Hunting Seasons in Mississippi. There were two open public water zones and 480 available lottery permits in 2011. The proposal for 2012 expands alligator hunting opportunities by designating public waterways and thirteen public lakes within six geographically-based hunting zones with 810 total available permits. Additionally, the proposed 2012 season will include 10 consecutive days of hunting opportunity from September 7-17, 2012. The proposal adds Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties to the list of twenty-eight counties open to private lands alligator hunting opportunities. Applications are required for both public water and private lands alligator hunting permits. All persons obtaining alligator hunting permits must attend a mandatory alligator hunting training course provided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks. For additional specific information and instructions, please visit www.mdwfp.com/alligator.
The proposed regulations may be viewed at www.mdwfp.com. The Public Notice of Proposed Rule is available for public comment for 30 days. Persons seeking to comment on the proposed action may do so in writing to the Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, P. O. Box 451, Jackson, MS 39205, no later than April 21, 2012.