JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's alligator hunting season opens at noon Friday for 10 days.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says a total of 930 permits in seven hunting zones statewide were offered in two random drawings in mid-June. There were over 4,000 applicants.

The department's alligator program coordinator, Ricky Flynt, says he's expecting high participation among hunters during the season, which closes at noon on Monday, Sept. 10.

For more information regarding alligator hunting rules and regulations, visit www.mdwfp.com/alligator or call 601-432-2199 .