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Nuisance Wildlife

Rules & Regulations


Some species of wildlife, both native and non-native, regularly cause conflicts through their interactions with humans.   This may occur around homes and other buildings, gardens, livestock areas, ponds, crops, and gardens.  Conflicts can range from mere irritating circumstances to significant property damage. Nuisance animal regulations have been developed to provide homeowners and landowners legal options for management and control of these species.

Any nuisance animal control or management program must begin with an assessment of the conditions that may attract wildlife to a location that develops into a nuisance situation.  Wildlife in both rural and suburban areas will utilize food sources, as well as buildings and other physical structures that are not intended for use by wildlife.  Depending on the situation, once wildlife become accustomed to food sources or structures, deterring them may be very difficult or seem impossible. In many cases, a nuisance situation exists due to conditions created by humans. Some nuisance wildlife situations may be amplified during poor wildlife population health conditions, poor habitat conditions, or during nesting, young rearing, and denning. In other situations, wildlife will merely take advantage of opportunities that exist within their home range. Nuisance animal regulations provide opportunity for homeowners and landowners to protect their property against nuisance animals and the damage that they may cause.

The following species are defined as "nuisance animals" in the State of Mississippi:

  • Beaver
  • Coyote
  • Fox
  • Nutria
  • Skunk
  • Wild hogs

 

Nuisance Animal Technical Guidance

To receive technical guidance and information in regards to nuisance animal management and control, you may contact the following agencies: 

USDA Wildlife Services (MS) - (662) 325-3014

MDWFP Wildlife Bureau - (601) 432-2199

Mississippi State University, Extension Service - http://wildpiginfo.msstate.edu/

MDWFP REGIONAL OFFICES:

North:
457 CR 26
Mailing Address:
Box 100
Enid, MS 38927
(662) 563-6222

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

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

  

 GENERAL NUISANCE ANIMAL HUNTING and TRAPPING REGULATIONS

  • Nuisance animals may be hunted, trapped, taken, killed, chased, or pursued on private lands.
  • Landowners and any leaseholders may hunt nuisance animals year-round at any time of day or night with no weapon/caliber restrictions on property titled in their name or otherwise owned, or leased by them.
  • Designated agents of the landowners / leaseholders may hunt nuisance animals year-round at any time of day or night with no weapon / caliber restrictions, provided they have written permission from the landowner or leaseholder in his or her possession, when hunting nuisance animals. Permission letters must be signed and dated by the landowner or leaseholder, shall include:
a. the contact information of the landowner or leaseholder;
b. the contact information and signature of the permitted person(s); and
c. a specific a date of expiration.

  • Persons hunting nuisance animals during any open gun season on deer will be required to wear, in full view, 500 square inches of solid unbroken hunter orange, unless they are hunting from a fully enclosed stand.
  • Nuisance animals may be hunted with the aid of electronic calls.
  • Any part of any nuisance animal that has been lawfully taken, may be sold year-round, with the exception of wild hog meat, as set forth elsewhere in this rule.
  • The only nuisance animals that may be sold alive are coyotes and fox per 40 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 2, Rule 8.1 (General Rules for Fox, Coyote and Rabbit Pens).
  • On public lands, the governmental entity charged with the management of said lands may or may not allow the taking of nuisance animals subject to applicable laws, rules, or regulations. It is the hunter's responsibility to check with the entity managing the property before hunting nuisance animals on those lands.
  • Nuisance animals may not be hunted or pursued with dogs during the open spring turkey season.
Live nuisance animals may not be possessed except:
1. Coyotes in permitted coyote enclosures;
2. Fox in permitted fox enclosures, or
3. Hogs for the purpose of slaughter in an enclosure no larger than 500 square feet
in size and constructed in a manner that prevents the escape of any wild hog.

 

  • For the purpose of this rule, "wild hogs" are hereby defined as any feral hog, wild swine, Russian boar, or any pig that is not a domesticated pet or livestock, or has a wild-looking appearance or behavior.
  • No person may transport on public roads or off of the property of record where captured or relocate within the state any live feral hog, wild swine, or Russian Boar within the State of Mississippi without first obtaining a Live Wild Hog Transportation Permit for each wild hog being transported.

a. Permits may be obtained by contacting the MDWFP's 24 hour Communications Dispatcher at (601) 432-2170.

b. A violation of this section is a Class II violation, per each animal in violation, and punishable as provided in MISS. CODE ANN. §49-7-143 with a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($ 100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($ 500.00) or imprisonment in the county jail for not less than six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. In addition to the penalties provided therein, upon conviction, the violator shall forfeit all hunting, trapping and fishing privileges for a period of one (1) year from the date of conviction.

c. Required information for a Live Wild Hog Transportation Permit:

i. Date and time of transportation
ii. Name and physical address of permitee
iii. Hunting License Number
iv. County
v. Point of origin (Road or Highway No.)
vi. Number of live wild hogs being transported
vii. Physical address of the final destination
viii. Description of the transporting vehicle and license plate number
ix. Driver's license number of driver of the vehicle described above.

d. Individuals, at the time of requesting such permit:
i. Does not have a history of repeat hunting offenses; or
ii. Has not had his or her hunting privileges revoked.
e. A Live Wild Hog Transportation Permit shall be valid for twenty-four (24) hours from the time it is issued.

  • Wild hogs may not be released or removed alive from any mobile device or vehicle, except that wild hogs may be released alive (by special permit only) for the purpose of slaughter into an enclosure no larger than 500 square feet in size and constructed in a manner that prevents the escape of any wild hog, or to a facility where the hog may be immediately prepared for slaughter.

MISS. CODE ANN §49-7-140(2) states, no person may transport or relocate
within the state any live feral hog, wild swine or Russian Boar and release the hog into the wild.
Wild hogs may not be caught or trapped and released into the wild at a location different from
the location where the wild hog was caught or trapped. A violation of this section, upon
conviction, is punishable as a Class I violation. MISS. CODE ANN. §49-7-141 states, any person
who has been convicted of a Class I violation shall be fined not less than Two Thousand Dollars
($ 2,000.00) nor more than Five Thousand Dollars ($ 5,000.00) and shall be imprisoned in the
county jail for five (5) days. The person shall also forfeit all hunting, trapping and fishing
privileges for a period of not less than twelve (12) consecutive months from the date of
conviction.

 TRAPPING and HUNTING WITH THE AID OF GRAIN

  • Feed / bait may be used to take wild hogs. Any food or food products may be used year round for the purpose of taking wild hogs with the following exceptions:
a. Grain or grain products may be used, if placed inside any legally
designed live capture-type trapping device for the sole purpose of trapping wild hogs.

b. From opening day of deer archery season until the last day of spring         
turkey season: Wild Hogs may be hunted with the aid of grain or grain products
but may only be provided from above ground covered feeders or stationary spin
cast feeders. However, all hunters must follow "Supplimental Feeding Rule"
restrictions, which include:
       i. Hunters must be both 100 yards away from, and not within the line of sight
          of feed or a feeder which contains feed.
                      ii. For the purpose of this regulation, within the line of sight means being 
                          hidden from view by natural vegetation or naturally occurring terrain features.
             
c. From the day after the spring turkey season to the day prior to the
opening of deer archery season, grain or grain products may be used,
but may only be provided from above ground covered feeders or stationary spin cast
feeders. Feeders may be placed in plain sight with no distance restriction
Areas must be clear of all bait for 10 days prior to hunting game animals.
  • Any live cage-type trap used to trap wild hogs must be tagged or labeled in plain view (written in waterproof ink or stamped) with the owner or users name, address, phone number and/or trapper license ID#.
  • All live cage-type traps must be checked every 36 hours. All non-targeted wild or domestic animals caught must be released immediately upon detection.
  • A wild hog live-cage-type trap is described as a permanent or mobile containment system made of any type material capable of confining the mobility of a wild hog until otherwise removed. The trap must consist of a trap door, slide gate, or similar mechanism. These traps must have at least 50% of the roof open to allow non-targeted deer, turkey, or bear the ability to escape.
  • No meat or other part of a wild hog may be sold without having first been inspected and approved by the US Department of Agriculture and/or the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce pursuant to the laws, rules, and regulations of those entities.
Licenses:
1. Persons trapping nuisance animals, other than wild hogs, must have a valid
Mississippi trapping license, unless otherwise exempt.

2. Persons trapping wild hogs must possess a valid Lifetime, All Game,
Sportsman, or Trapping License, unless otherwise exempt.

3. Persons hunting nuisance animals must possess a valid Lifetime, All Game, or
Sportsman's License, unless otherwise exempt.

4. Persons hunting nuisance animals with archery equipment and/or with
primitive weapons during archery or primitive weapons season must possess either a valid
Lifetime, Sportsman License, or an All Game Hunting License and the Archery/Primitive
Weapon Permit, unless otherwise exempt.

ANIMAL CONTROL PERMITS

Exceptions to nuisance animal regulations may be allowed by making application to the MDWFP for an Animal Control Permit.  Animal control permits may be issued to control nuisance wildlife on private property when damage or nuisance problems are verified by a MDWFP officer, when requested. To apply for a permit, contact the regional office in your area.  Exceptions MAY include:

1. Corn may be poured, piled, placed directly on the ground.
2. Hogs may be killed directly over the bait.
3. Permits may be issued for a period up to 6-months and may be renewed.
4. Any wild hog captured under an Animal Control Permit may not be transported live.
5. No other species may be hunted or killed under this permit.
6. Areas must be clear of all bait for 10 days prior to hunting game animals.

History: Revised July 2014.

 

TRAPPING - Beaver, Coyote, Fox, Nutria, and Skunk

  • A trapping license is required for anyone 16 years of age
    or older who traps on any land other than their own.
  • Persons trapping nuisance animals, other than wild hogs, must have a valid Mississippi trapping license, unless otherwise exempt.
  • It is illegal to trap with the aid of bait, recordings of bird or animal calls, or electrically amplified imitations of calls of any kind.   However, lure 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. 
  • Liquid scents may be used.
  • All other regulations in regards to trapping apply (see Trapping and Fur Dealing Regulations pamphlet for complete regulations or Miss. Code Ann. §49-7-141).

   

 OTHER LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Residents, unless exempt from purchasing an annual hunting license, must possess an All-Game Hunting License, Sportsman License or Lifetime License while hunting nuisance animals.
  • All Non-Residents (NR) sixteen years of age or older hunting nuisance animals must possess a NR-All Game type license.
  • Either a NR-All Game License, NR 7-Day All Game License in addition to a NR Archery / Primitive Weapon Permit, or a NR 3-Day All Game-Archery / Primitive Weapon License is required for non-residents hunting nuisance animals during any archery/primitive weapon season.
  • Persons trapping wild hogs must possess either a valid Lifetime, All Game, Sportsman, or Trapping License, unless otherwise exempt.

 

 

 

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