INFORMATION ON HARVEST OF TURLES AND OTHER NON-GAME WILDLIFE
A COMMERCIAL FISHING LICENSE IS NOT THE PROPER LICENSE FOR THE TAKE OF TURTLES, FROGS, SALAMANDERS, OR SNAKES.
The harvest of non-game wildlife (including turtles, frogs, snakes, salamanders, lizards) is regulated by Rules on:
The harvest, possession, shipment, sale and transport of turtle or tortoise eggs of any species is prohibited (40 MISS Admin. Code Part 5 Rule 2.2).
Summary of 40 MISS Admin Code Part 5 Rule 2.3 on Non-game Species in Need of Management:
Either a Resident Sportsman's license or Resident All Game Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, or a Small Game Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, or a Non-Resident All Game Hunting License is required for the possession of Non-Game species for personal use.
A person can only possess and harvest ONE (1) Alligator Snapping Turtle with a minimum top shell length (carapace) of 24 inches or greater per license year.
A person can only harvest ONE (1) turtle of the three species listed above per day.
Possession and harvest from the wild is no more than FOUR (4) turtles of the three species listed above per license year.
A person may posses and harvest from the wild no more than 10 other non-game turtles per license year. No more than FOUR (4) can be of the same species or subspecies.
All Mississippi waters are closed to the commercial harvest of mussels (40 MISS Admin. Code Part 3 Rule 3.3 ).