Gator hunting permit deadlines approaching
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana and Mississippi residents who want to go after alligators this fall have deadlines coming up.
Louisiana residents who want to take alligators from some state wildlife management areas and some land belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers have until Thursday to get their applications in. Other deadlines are later.
The deadline is June 17 in Mississippi, where 920 public land permits are available. Each lets a hunter take two alligators.
The laws for gator hunts are very different in the two states. For instance, most alligators are caught on baited hooks in Louisiana, while baited hooks are illegal in Mississippi.
Mississippi's alligator hunting coordinator, Ricky Flynt, says Louisiana's season is more a commercial season, while Mississippi's is more a sport and recreational season.