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2014 Senate and House Bills

HB 391. See summary under Rules.
This bill amends Sections 49-7-58.3, 49-7-58.4 and 49-11-3 by delete the repealer on the authority of the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to regulate the hunting of nonnative cervids in noncommercial wildlife enclosures, to regulate all commercial and noncommercial wild animal enclosures, and to regulate hunting of nonnative cervids in commercial wildlife enclosures.

 

HB 719. Effective 7/1/14. Signed 3/6/14.

This bill amends Section 49-7-41 to provide the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks the absolute authority to establish bag limits on white-tailed deer and promulgate any regulations necessary to facilitate the exercise of that authority. This new authority given to the commission to establish bag limits supersedes the previous bag limit established by the Legislature, which:

  • Limits a licensed hunter to one antlered deer per day and three per license year, and provides the commission with regulatory authority with regard to the taking of antlered deer with four points or less for proper management of antlered deer.
  • Permits the taking of any antlered deer by permit when necessary to manage deer on lands under the deer management assistance program or wildlife management areas. Requires antlered deer harvested with a permit to be identified with a tag immediately and exempts hunters who take an antlered deer by permit from the daily bag limit or the annual bag limit on antlered deer.
  • Limits a licensed hunter to one antlerless deer per day and no more than five per license year, and taken only in the areas prescribed by order of the commission.
  • Allows that hunters under 16 years of age to have one (1) of the three (3) buck bag limit of any antler count.
  • Removes the exemptions granted to nonresident hunters with regard to the limitations on taking antlerless deer.

 

HB 720. Effective 7/1/14. Signed 3/10/14.
This bill amends Section 49-7-31.1 to require every hunter when hunting during any firearm season on deer to wear must wear in full view at least 500 square inches of solid unbroken fluorescent orange, except when:

  • Hunting from a deer stand that is elevated twelve (12) feet or more above the ground.
  • Hunting in a fully enclosed blind.

 

HB 864. Effective 7/1/14. Due from Governor 4/24/14.
This bill amends Sections 49-7-31.5 and 49-7-140 as they relate to the hunting, trapping or taking wild hogs. The bill permits the wild hogs to be caught or trapped and transported within the state with a permit issued by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and prohibits the release or live removal of wild hogs from any mobile device or vehicle, with the exception of being released alive for the purpose of slaughter into an enclosure no larger than 500 square feet in size and constructed in a manner that prevents escape of any wild hog, or to a facility where the hog may be immediately prepared for slaughter.

The commission is required promulgate rules and regulations for the issuance of a hog transportation permit to requesting individuals, who at the time of request does not have a history of repeat hunting offenses, or has not had his or her hunting privileges revoked.

The bill requires any person transporting a live wild hog within the state to first obtain a live wild hog transportation permit for each wild hog being transported from the department.

The bill imposes a Class II violation penalty for each animal in violation, which carries a fine from $100.00 to $500.00, by imprisonment in the county jail for 60 days to six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment. In addition to the penalties imposed, the violator shall forfeit all hunting, trapping and fishing privileges for a period of one (1) year from the date of conviction.

Additionally, Section 49-7-140 is further amended to prohibit persons from transporting any live feral hog, wild swine or Russian Boar on public roads or off of the property of record where captured or relocating such within the state, except as permitted by the department.

 

SB 2143. Effective 7/1/14. Signed 3/17/14.
Under current law the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks may fix the open season on fur-bearing animals between November 1 and March 1 next, and fix the open season for hunting opossums, raccoons and bobcats with dogs and guns from October 1 to February 28 next. This bill authorizes the open season on fur-bearing animals to be fixed between November 1 and March 15 next, and the open season for hunting opossums, raccoons and bobcats with dogs and guns from October 1 to March 15 next.

 

SB 2369. Effective 7/1/14. Signed 3/17/14.
Under current law, the state is divided into three zones for squirrel season. The squirrel season starts on different dates in each zone and ends on February 28, This bill does away with the zones and establishes a single squirrel season for the entire state that starts on October 1 and runs through February 28 next following.

This bill also authorizes the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to set a spring squirrel season that opens not earlier than May 15 and runs not later than June 1, next following.

 

SB 2405. Effective 7/1/14. Signed 3/19/14.
This bill increases the penalty for hunting or engaging in target practice on a levee structure by making the penalty for such activity the same as the penalty for Class T violations of the game and fish laws. The penalty for a Class I violation of the game laws is a fine of not less than $2,000.00 nor more than $5,000.00 and imprisonment in the county jail for 5 days. The person also forfeits all hunting, trapping and fishing privileges for a period of not less than 12 consecutive months from the date of conviction. In addition, the person may, in the discretion of the court, be fined $100,00 for each game animal or game bird.

 

SB 2425. Effective 7/1/14. Signed 4/2/14.
This bill exempts from sales taxation retail sales of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies if sold during the annual Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend holiday beginning at 12;01 a,m. on the first Friday in September and ending at 12:00 midnight the following Sunday. "Hunting supplies" means tangible personal property used for hunting, including, and limited to, archery equipment, firearm and archery cases, firearm and archery accessories, hearing protection, holsters, belts and slings. Hunting supplies does not include animals used for hunting.

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