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Alligator, dove hunting this Labor Day weekend

Biloxi held a short ceremony on the Town Green Friday morning to mark the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo source: WLOX) Biloxi held a short ceremony on the Town Green Friday morning to mark the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo source: WLOX)

August 29 is the first day of alligator hunting season in Mississippi, and many are asking this question: will last year's gator records be broken?

In 2013, records were shattered in all four categories: longest and heaviest, male and female. Alligators grow slowly, and gators of that size might be up to 50 years old.

Ricky Flynt, Alligator Program Coordinator with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, says 920 gator hunting permits were handed out this year through a point system.

"They are allowed to harvest two alligators each, they must be at least four feet long, but only one of those two alligators can exceed seven feet," Flynt said. "There's no limit to the number of people who can be in a party as long as there is a permitted alligator hunter in the party."

Public water alligator hunting season wraps up on September 8. Private land hunters can enjoy the season until September 22. DWFP reminds eager hunters this weekend that they are sharing the waterways with boaters celebrating Labor Day.

"Alcohol, boating, anything that impairs your ability to operate that boat, do not partake in it," said Lt. Randy Newell. "Our officers will diligently work BUI enforcement. We want to ensure people make it back home safe."

Dove hunting season on private land begins on Monday, 1/2 hour before sunrise. You must have a small game hunting license and be "Harvest Information Program" (HIP) certified to hunt for dove. 

Click here for more hunting information from DWFP.

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