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INFORMATION ON HARVEST OF TURLES AND OTHER NON-GAME WILDLIFE

 

NOTE - A COMMERCIAL FISHING LICENSE IS NOT THE PROPER LICENSE FOR THE TAKE OF TURTLES, FROGS, SALAMANDERS, OR SNAKES.

The harvest of non-game wildilfe (including turtles, frogs, snakes, salamanders, lizards) is regulated by Public Notice 3357 on Endangered Species, Public Notice 3201 on Non-game Species in Need of Management, Public Notice 2552 on Turtle and Tortoise Eggs and Public Notice 3361 on Mussels.

The harvest, possession, shipment, sale and transport of turtle or tortoise eggs of any species is prohibited (Public Notice 2552).

Summary of Public Notice 3201 on Non-game Species in Need of Management:

Either a Resident Small Game Hunting/Fishing License or Non-resident All Game Hunting License is needed to take non-game wildlife for personal use - no sale permitted. (Section II)

  • Can possess no more than 20 nongame reptiles, or 20 non-game amphibians, or 4 Bluenose Shiners, with no more than 4 being the same species (not including bull frogs, alligators, and alligator snapping turtles). 
  • Alligator Snapping Turtles
    • Only ONE can be possessed with a minimum top shell (carapace) of 24 inches.
    • No take allowed between April 1 to June 30. 
  • See list of endangered species of amphibians and reptiles that cannot be taken.

All Mississippi waters are closed to the commercial harvest of mussels (Public Notice 3361).

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