About Trapping in Mississippi

Trapping and Fur Dealer Licenses may be purchased at any location that sells MS hunting/fishing licenses, as well as online; at the Jackson Office; at any Regional Office, State Lake, or State Park; or by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT.

The trapping season for all furbearer species and nuisance species is November 1 - March 15. There are no bag or possession limits. The deadline for returning trapper harvest surveys is May 1.

License Types & Fees


  • Resident: $25.00
  • Non-Resident: $205.00

Fur Dealers:

  • Resident: $50.00
  • Non-Resident: $205.00
Trapping and Fur Dealer's Permits
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Trapping Rules & 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, and skunks) in the state of Mississippi, with limited exceptions. No person shall trap on the lands of another unless he has the permission of the landowner.

Learn more about Mississippi's Trapping Regulations.

River Otter and Bobcat Tagging (updated November 2016)

Types of Traps

Learn about foot hold, cable snare, and body grip types, and find information and images regarding how to place land-set, water-set, and snare traps.

Learn more about setting traps.

Annual Fur Sale and Auction

The Mississippi Fur Trappers Association sponsors an annual fur sale/auction in Kosciusko, MS, at the Kosciusko Coliseum on the last Saturday of February. For additional information, contact the Mississippi Trappers Association at (662) 563-6222.

Contact Information

MDWFP Central Office:
(601) 432-2400

Regional Offices

457 County Road 36
Enid, MS 38927
(662) 563-6222

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

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

More Information

Hunting Rules

Access all rules and regulations associated with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to ensure compliance and safety.