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Trapping Regulations

Trapping Season:      Nov. 1 - Feb. 28

(All furbearer and nuisance species)              


Bag & Possession Limits:    No daily or season limit

Licenses:   

Trapping and Fur Dealer
Licenses may only be purchased at selected MDWFP Office, State Parks, State
Lakes, on-line and by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT.

Trapping License:

Resident          $25.00

Non-Resident  $205.00

 

Fur Dealer's License:

Resident          $50.00

Non-Resident  $205.00


TRAPPING

General Regulations

A trapping license is required of anyone 16 years of age or older who traps furbearers (bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, otter, raccoon, and weasel), or nuisance animals (beaver, coyote, fox, nutria, skunks, and wild hogs) in the State of Mississippi.

 

  •  Except landowners trapping on land deeded in their name are not required to be licensed.  This license shall also be required of each assistant or helper 16 years of age or older employed or used by a trapper. 


 

  •  Trappers are required to have an identification number, which is registered with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP), attached to ALL traps by a metal tag or permanently inscribed, etched, or stamped on the trap.

 

  • The identification number shall be the MDWFP Customer Number located on
    each trapper's hunting or trapping license. Except, persons having been issued a "Trapper ID Number" prior to July 1, 2012 may use either their MDWFP Customer ID Number or their previous Trapper ID Number. Any trap found without a registered identification number will be in violation and subject to removal by a conservation officer. 


 

• Resident and non-resident Trapping Licenses and Fur Dealer Licenses may be purchased at any MDWFP Office, State Park, or State Lake, including 1-800-5GO HUNT, and on-line via the MDWFP Website (www.mdwfp.com).

 

• A trapping license is required to sell the pelts and/or skins of nuisance animals and furbearers, and may be sold only during the trapping season and for thirty (30) days thereafter, subsequent to other applicable statutes and regulations, to include Mississippi Code Ann. §49-7-13(6). 


 • Trappers must have permission to trap on any land other
than their own.


 • All traps must be attended at least once every 36-hour
period.

 

• No traps may be placed on or set within 100 feet of any street or public road.  It shall be unlawful for any person to disturb the traps of another or to take furbearing/nuisance animals from them unless authorized by the owner. Except, a municipality or county, or any person who has contracted with a municipality or county, may place or set only snare traps within one hundred (100) feet of any road or street located within such municipality or county. The governing authority of the municipality or the board of supervisors of the county shall make a finding that such placement of snare traps is reasonable and necessary to protect the public safety by removing fur-bearing and nuisance animals that threaten the safety of public roads and bridges. Snares shall be submerged at least fifty percent (50%).



• It is illegal to trap with the aid of bait, recordings of bird or
animal calls, or electrically amplified imitations of calls of any kind. 

 

  •  Liquid scents may be used.


• Lure is allowed for trapping furbearers, beaver, nutria, coyote, skunk, and fox, provided that no more than two and one-half (2.5) cubic inches of such lure may be placed or located within twenty (20) feet of any trap.  (The lure amount of 2.5 cubic inches is approximately the volume equivalent of a regulation-sized golfball).  All lure within twenty (20) feet of any trap must be covered and not visible from above.  However, there are no lure restrictions when used inside live-cage type traps that do not exceed forty-two (42) inches in length, fifteen (15) inches in width, and twenty (20) inches in height. 


• It is unlawful to trap any animal, except beaver, coyote, fox, nutria, skunk, and wild hogs in any period other than the trapping season on furbearing animals


• Beaver, coyote, fox, nutria, skunks, and wild hogs are classified as "nuisance animals" and may be taken year-round on private lands, and open public lands that have statewide seasons without special regulations as allowed according to Public Notice LE6-3779 (see Nuisance Wildlife Regulations pamphlet or Public Notice LE6-3779).


• Fox may be trapped during the closed season on property owned or leased by the person trapping. 


• The carcasses of raccoons, muskrats, and opossums may be sold for food during the open trapping season and for thirty (30) days after the close of trapping season.

• The holder of an All Game License, Sportsman License, or Trapping License may sell any part of any nuisance animal year-round.     


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Annual Trapper
Harvest Survey

• Each trapper is required to complete and return a Trapper Harvest Survey to the MDWFP annually.  The survey will be provided by the MDWFP, after the trapping season has concluded, and must be satisfactorily completed and returned.  Any trapper failing to return a completed harvest survey may be denied a trapping license the following year.  Trappers are urged to keep accurate records of their harvests during the season.


Tagging of Otter and Bobcat

Federal regulations which require tagging to account for harvest of bobcat and river otter are in effect.  The Commission requires the tagging of otter and bobcat, to account for harvest of these species, which are subject to federal export regulations (CITES Tags). Bobcat and river otter harvested in Mississippi must be CITES tagged prior to shipping or transporting out of Mississippi.

Effective November 2012:  It is no longer required to present the carcass or pelt to the MDWFP in order to purchase CITES tags.

CITES tags (via over-the-counter purchases) are available for purchase at the following MDWFP locations: Jackson Office, North Region Office, Central Region Office, South Region Office, Buccaneer State Park, Clarkco State Park, Hugh White State Park, J. P. Coleman State Park, John Kyle State Park, Legion State Park, Leroy Percy State Park, Natchez State Park, and Paul B. Johnson State Park. Tags are $0.25 each. Quantities at each location may be limited, therefore, it is recommended to call in advance.

CITES tags (via mail purchases). Please send a request for the desired number of bobcat and/or otter tags along with a check made payable to MDWFP.  Tags are $0.25 each.  Each mail-in request is limited to no more than 40 total tags.  Please allow 5-7 working days for processing.

Send request and check to:

MDWFP

Attn: WL Bureau - CITES Tags

1505 Eastover Dr.

Jackson, MS 39211

  

FUR DEALING

General Regulations

• Any person, whether a resident or a non-resident of this state, who is a fur dealer, or who regularly buys furbearing animals from trappers or hunters, shall be required to obtain a fur dealing license.  Licenses may only be purchased at the Jackson Office, any Regional Office, State Lake, or State Park.  Such license shall be valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance unless suspended or revoked earlier, and it is renewable upon payment of the fee. 

 • Dealers or persons who regularly buy furbearing animals from trappers or hunters are authorized to possess inventories of dried or stretched furs and skins at any time.  However, dealers or other fur buyers are authorized to buy, transport,
sell, or offer for sale inventories of fur for only ninety (90) days beyond the close of the trapping season set by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.  The Commission may, at its discretion, extend the 90-day period. 

• Persons acquiring fur for the sole purpose of tanning, dressing, manufacturing, or otherwise preparing finished fur products are authorized to buy, sell, possess, and transport inventories of fur and finished fur products at any time for these related purposes.

Special Requirements

• All licensed fur dealers must keep permanent records of the number and kind of each raw fur, skin, or pelt sold and the name and address of persons to whom all raw furs, skins, or pelts are sold or consigned.

• Dealers shall be required to maintain accurate records, and fur houses shall be open to conservation officers upon request for inspection without warrant. These records shall be subject to examination and inspection by an agent of the MDWFP upon request.    

• A completed and returned fur dealer survey may be required from each licensed dealer.  The MDWFP will provide a survey form, if required.

  

TRAPPERS MUST HAVE PERMISSION TO TRAP ON ANY LAND OTHER THAN THEIR OWN.

 

  

FUR SALE INFORMATION:

 

Contact: Mississippi Trappers Association

 

ph. 662-413-4191

OR

ph. 601-535-2806

 

www.mstrappers.org/

 

 

MTA FUR SALE DATES:

 

Annually, on the last Saturday in February

 

Kosciusko Coliseum

 

Kosciusko,
Mississippi

 

 

OTHER TRAPPING INFORMATION:

National Trappers Association (NTA) - http://www.nationaltrappers.com/

Fur Takers of America (FTA) - http://www.furtakersofamerica.com/

Wild-About-Trapping - http://www.wild-about-trapping.com/ 

 

 

MDWFP CENTRAL OFFICE

Jackson
(601) 432-2400

 

 

REGIONAL OFFICES

North:
272 CR 995
Tupelo, MS  38804
(662) 840-5172

Central:
506 Highway 43 South
Canton, MS  39046
(601) 859-3421

South:
1201 N Clark Avenue
Magnolia, MS  39652
(601) 783-2911

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