Nov. 1 - March 15
(All furbearer and nuisance
Bag & Possession
Limits: No daily or season
Trapping and Fur Dealer
Licenses may only be purchased at selected MDWFP Office, State
Lakes, on-line and by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT.
Fur Dealer's License:
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.
- 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
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).
No person shall trap on the lands of another unless
he has the permission of the landowner.
Each licensed trapper shall have an identification number
issued by the department. The licensed trapper shall have the
identification number permanently inscribed on the trap or attached
to the trap by a metal tag.
(b) A person exempt from purchasing a
trapping license must tag or permanently inscribe any trap with his
name, phone number and address.
(c) The conservation officer may take
up any traps not properly marked.
(d) Every trapper shall visit his
traps at least every thirty-six (36) hours.
Except as otherwise provided, no person shall place or set a
trap on or within one hundred (100) feet of any street or public
road. Public roads shall not be construed to mean public
A licensed trapper or resident under sixteen (16) years of
age shall be allowed to trap fur-bearing animals during trapping
season, and sell or consign the raw fur, green pelts and dried
pelts of fur-bearing and nuisance animals during the trapping
season and for thirty (30) days after the close of the season. Only
a licensed trapper or resident under sixteen (16) years of age may
sell or consign the raw fur, green pelts and dried pelts of
fur-bearing nuisance animals.
A trapper may not transport the raw fur or green pelts of
fur-bearing animals within the state from eleven (11) days after
the close of trapping season until the opening day of the following
trapping season, unless each raw fur or green pelt is tagged or
documented with the name, address and trapping identification
number of the person who harvested the raw fur or green pelt and
the date and place of harvest. An official possession tag that has
been issued by another state shall be considered legally
A licensed trapper may possess and maintain in storage the
raw fur, green pelts and dried pelts of fur-bearing and nuisance
animals at any time.
The meat of legally acquired raccoons, opossums and muskrats
may also be bought and sold during trapping season, and for thirty
(30) days after the close of the season.
A municipality or county, or any person who has contracted
with a municipality or county for the purpose authorized in this
subsection, may place or set only snare traps within one hundred
(100) feet of any road or street located within such municipality
or county. Before the action authorized by this section is taken,
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%).
(a) Landowners and
their designated agents may place or set snare traps,
conibear-type or body-gripping traps, live cage traps and
foothold traps on property owned by the landowner within one
hundred (100) feet of any road or street, but not within the
maintained public road or street right-of-way.
(b) Snare traps,
conibear-type or body-gripping traps shall be submerged in water at
least fifty percent (50%) and foothold traps shall be completely
submerged in water.
No person shall use, on any public lands, a conibear-type or
body-gripping trap with an inside jaw spread exceeding seven (7)
inches, unless it is partially submerged in water. The designated
legal authority of any public lands and its agents shall be exempt
from the requirement of this subsection for the purpose of nuisance
It is illegal to trap with the aid of bait, recordings of bird
or animal calls, or electrically amplified imitations of calls of
Liquid scents may be used.
Lure or bait 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 Title 40 Part 2, Chapter 7, Rule 7.1 (Nuisance Animals
• 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.
It is no longer required to present the carcass or pelt to
the MDWFP in order to purchase CITES tags.
Effective August 2014:
CITES tags (via over-the-counter purchases) are
available for purchase from November 1 - March 15 and for 30
days thereafter 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.
All un-used issued CITES tags must be returned to the MDWFP
within forty-five (45) days after close of the trapping season for
which they were issued.
Possession of un-used CITES tags between forty-five (45) days
after close of trapping season and the day prior to opening
trapping season is prohibited.
CITES tags are not transferable.
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. Available from November 1 - March 15 and for 30 days
thereafter. Any un-used tags in possession 30 days after
close of trapping season must be returned to the MDWFP.
Send request and check to:
Attn: WL Bureau - CITES Tags
1505 Eastover Dr.
Jackson, MS 39211
• 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
• 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,
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
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
Contact: Mississippi Trappers
MTA FUR SALE
Annually, on the last Saturday in
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
457 County Road 36
Enid, MS 38927
506 Highway 43 South
Canton, MS 39046
1201 N Clark Avenue
Magnolia, MS 39652