Anyone collecting animals for scientific or conservation purposes
in the State of Mississippi will need to apply for a Scientific
Collection/Possession Permit according to Code 49-1-41.
Persons collecting certain species for bait or food will not need a
scientific collection permit, but these activities may well involve
- Persons collecting independently of one another must apply for
- Specimens retained after collection must be placed in a public
museum or collection where they will be available for examination
by the scientific community. The Mississippi Museum of Natural
Science (MMNS), 2148 Riverside Drive, Jackson, MS 39202-1353,
ph: (601) 354-7303, is the principal repository of terrestrial and
freshwater vertebrates, freshwater mollusks, and crayfish collected
in Mississippi, and welcomes additional specimens. Unless
alternative arrangements are made with the MMNS Collections
manager (Scott Peyton, 601-354-7303) or curatorial staff at
the MMNS, all collections of federally listed and state
listed species will be deposited at the Mississippi Museum of
- A collecting permit report must be filed within 15 days of the
expiration of the permit. A new permit will not be issued
until the report has been received. Collection reports should list
taxa collected, number of individuals of each, exact collection
locality and date of collection. Please
download form for appropriate format for reporting
data. Our preference is that report tables be provided
electronically in excel.
- Those collecting federally listed species must submit an
additional report to the state, due the first week of October,
detailing collections of listed species made between 1 October of
the previous year and 30 September of the current year.
- Persons collecting or working with federally endangered or
threatened species may need a federal permit in addition to the
state permit, which is ALWAYS required. This is true even if
activities don't require capture or handling of animals, but may be
construed as harassment, such as use of tortoise burrow cameras
within gopher tortoise burrows.
- A federal permit will be generally be needed for
threatened and endangered species if the activities of the
permittee are not part of a state-sponsored project. The
permittee is not considered an Agent of the State in this
- A federal permit will not be needed by those doing work
with federally threatened species if the involved projects
are substantively state-sponsored or guided.
- As in section (b), a federal permit will not be needed
for state-sponsored or guided endangered species projects
UNLESS some animals will be killed, held in captivity for more
than 45 days, or introduced to sites outside their occupied
range. If one or more of these conditions is applicable,
though, a federal permit will be needed.
- Persons wishing to band birds must obtain a federal
bird-banding permit AND a state collection permit.
- A $1.00 permit fee is required for persons who are not
affiliated with public educational or scientific institutions, or
with governmental agencies.
Collection Report Form