New gator hunting applications available - - Jackson, MS

New gator hunting applications available

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Gator hunters start your boat engines. This week, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks opened up their online application process for gator permits. It runs through June 7. They've ditched their old method of first come, first serve.

"We're allowing a week for applications to be received then there will be a drawing on the 14 by email," said MDWFP Alligator coordinator Ricky Flynt. Then they'll have 48 hours to purchase a permit. At the end of 48 hours, any unpurchased permits will be submitted for a second drawing."

Permits this year cost 200 dollars a piece. Organizers believe hunters will have a better chance of getting registered. 

"Everyone that applies has an equal opportunity of being drawn, it's is a completely random process that will be by a third party entity," added Flynt. We're not involved in it and with the first come first serve there were factors outside of our control that limited some people, whether it was server access computer speed."

This year's Gator season runs from August 25 to September 4.

"They will be allowed to harvest two alligators in the zone they've been drawn for," said Flynt.

Winners of the lottery can get two gators.  Both must be at least four feet long and only one can exceed 7 feet.

Wildlife officials say the process allows for the safe harvest of alligators, without pushing them back to the endangered species list.

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