It is necessary to obtain permission from one landowner before hunting, fishing, or trapping on the property of another. Non-Resident: Except for juveniles under the age of sixteen (16), all non-resident hunters in Mississippi are required to get a hunting license. Resident: Residents of Mississippi who are not exempt are also required to get a hunting license.
Non-Residents can apply for either an International License or Visitor's License. These licenses are available at any Department of Wildlife Fisheries office in Mississippi. The cost is $150 for the season and $25 for each day you want to hunt. Fees are payable in advance at time of application; no cash payments are accepted at offices. To be eligible for an International License, you must either be a citizen of a country that has reciprocal agreements with the United States or possess a valid passport. A Visitor's License is available to citizens of other countries that do not have reciprocal agreements with the United States.
Residents can apply for either a State License or Local License. The cost is $50 for the season and $10 for each day you want to hunt.
Non-Residents should check with the department's office responsible for issuing licenses before traveling to see if they need to apply for a license.
Each Mississippi citizen between the ages of sixteen (16) and sixty-four (64) who fishes in Mississippi's fresh or marine waterways, including lakes and reservoirs but excluding privately owned ponds and streams, must purchase a fishing license. The cost is $10 for residents and $20 for nonresidents. These fees are in addition to other applicable state and federal taxes.
Freshwater fishing licenses are available from any fish hatchery within the state, as well as some retail outlets that sell fishing supplies. You can also download a fishing license form from the Department of Wildlife Resources' website and mail it with your payment to: Fish Hatchery Licensing, P.O. Box 506, Jackson, MS 39205-0606.
Marine fishing licenses are available from any fish hatchery within the state, as well as some retail outlets that sell fishing supplies. You can also download a fishing license form from the Department of Wildlife Resources' website and mail it with your payment to: Marine Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 2040, Jackson, MS 39205-0040.
Fishing is permitted year-round on inland waters as long as ice cover is present. Ice cover may be detected by looking for white crystals that contain freshwater algae. If ice cover is not present, then fishing will not be allowed until after the ground thaws in spring.
A fishing license is required for every Mississippi resident between the ages of sixteen (16) and sixty-four (64) who fishes in Mississippi's fresh or marine waterways, including lakes and reservoirs but excluding privately owned ponds and streams. South of the United States, a saltwater license is necessary. Residents younger than 16 are exempt from taking a fishing license.
Fishing is permitted year-round throughout Mississippi, except in certain areas where regulations require a permit or other authorization. Fishing licenses are available online at www.fishinginmississippi.com, by phone at 1-888-247-5662, and at more than 250 licensed dealers statewide. The cost of the license is $10 for residents and $40 for nonresidents.
The best times to go fishing are early in the season before the water gets crowded and late in the season after the fish have been spawning for a few months. Don't forget to bring your license with you whenever you go out fishing!
Waterfowl hunters aged 16 to 65 must have a small game hunting license (sportsman or all-game licenses are also acceptable), a Mississippi waterfowl stamp (electronic or physical), a Federal waterfowl stamp (electronic or physical), and a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification.
An electronic Mississippi waterfowl stamp can be obtained by checking "yes" in the online box on the Department of Wildlife Conservation's website. The fee for this service is $10 for nonresidents of Mississippi, with payments being made through the use of a credit card. A physical stamp must be purchased from a licensed dealer for $5. Fees may be paid by check or money order only. Purchases may not be made by credit card.
The HIP program allows young people to certify their own compliance with waterfowl regulations by completing an online form available at no charge from the DWC website. Completion of the form certifies that the participant has met the requirements necessary to purchase a waterfowl license. There is no requirement that one complete the program before obtaining a license; however, participants are encouraged to complete the program to demonstrate their commitment to conservation.
Mississippi waterfowl stamps are valid for five years. Participants under 18 must obtain a new stamp each season they hunt waterfowl.
A person cannot possess harvested wildlife without a permit or exemption.
Approximately 80% of Mississippi is privately owned, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Hunters must carry a copy of their Mississippi Courtesy Card, which proves that they are permitted to hunt on their own land. The card can be obtained by contacting any wildlife department office or from the Internet at www.mdwfp.com.
It is recommended, but not required, that you hire a guide if you plan to go hunting without a professional instructor. Only take small game animals such as squirrels, rabbits, and quail. You cannot sell big game animals such as deer or bear in Mississippi.
Big game animals must be taken on public lands in Mississippi. Check with a local ranger station or wildlife department for information about regulations.
5 Kisatchie. Hunting is allowed on all national forests in Mississippi. A license is required for all hunters age 16 and older.
Non-residents must have a non-resident hunting license if they are 16 or older. Residents and non-residents under the age of 15 in Arkansas are not needed to hold a hunting license. For further information, go to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's website. The 65 Plus Lifetime Hunting License is available to Arkansas citizens aged 65 and over. This license does not need to be renewed.
The minimum age to purchase a firearm is 18. However, if you can prove you're a collector by showing proof of at least three firearms owned by you or your spouse (or an immediate family member) with a combined value of $10,000 or more, you'll be allowed to buy a rifle or shotgun at 18 instead of 21.
Only one gun per person may be used for deer hunting. If you want to use more than one firearm, you must get separate licenses for each one.
You don't need a hunting license to shoot fish with bait. Bait is considered food for fishing purposes even though it's usually made from vegetables or meat scraps.
People who are blind or visually impaired can get a free hunting license if they meet other requirements. The license must be licensed for audio recording devices and must include a written request signed by a qualified guide or leader of the applicant's choice. The guide must be willing to help the applicant locate game during the season and report information about the hunt to the commission.