Note: A commercial quail
breeder's license is not required for persons that raise no more
than 100 quail per year for their own use.
A number of people are interested in raising bobwhite
quail or other gamebirds for commercial sale or for personal use.
Raising quail can be a rewarding experience like many other
agricultural pursuits, but those planning to raise quail
commercially should be aware that a license issued by the
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is
required except when persons raise 100 or fewer quail for their own
use (does not include sale to others). A link to permit
applications is provided below.
This information is not intended to be a guide to raising
quail. For more information on techniques for raising quail, refer
to the Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi
State University. The Department of Poultry Science has Extension
resources that can be accessed from their website, www.poultry.msstate.edu/extension.asp.
County Extension Service offices (www.msucares.com) also may
have or can help access information on raising quail.
Any person, firm, or corporation may raise and/or sell
either live or processed pen-raised quail within or without
Mississippi provided provisions of the Mississippi Commercial Quail
Law are met (Title 49, Chapter 13, Sections 1 through 25 of
Mississippi Code of 1972; to review the law in its entirety follow
the link from www.sos.state.ms.us/ed_pubs/mscode/
to the Mississippi Code). A commercial quail breeder's
license issued by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
(hereafter, Commission) is required of anyone raising quail for
sale and more than 100 quail per year for any reason. A commercial
quail breeder's license is not required for persons that raise no
more than 100 quail per year for their own use and consumption.
Anyone that raises quail for use on their own shooting preserves
must purchase a breeder's license in addition to the shooting
preserve operating license (see Shooting
The breeder's license must be renewed annually at a cost
of $25 per year and is valid from April 1 to March 31 the following
year. The breeder's license must bear a number as designated by the
Commission, and must be openly displayed at all times at the place
where quail are bred. For more information on obtaining a
commercial quail breeder's license, contact the appropriate MDWFP
Regional Office (see below). For those considering raising quail
commercially, the following requirements should be considered.
Complete regulations should be provided with breeder's license
purchase or upon request.
Sale or Transfer and Record Keeping
Licensed quail producers must keep permanent records of
each sale or gift in a suitable, permanently bound book. The record
of bird transfer should include the following entries:
- kind and number of quail;
- to whom sold or given;
- the date of the sale or gift;
- the name and address of the purchaser or
These records, as well as the premises of the licensed
breeder, are subject to examination and inspection for violations
of the Commercial Quail Law by any agent of the MDWFP or peace
officer without warrant upon displaying credentials of
The record of transfer of ownership must be kept current
and available at all times for inspection. Record discrepancies may
cause the licensed quail producer to be charged with a misdemeanor.
Any individual or owner of a business establishment possessing
quail from a licensed producer shall be subject to having quail
confiscated and may be charged with a misdemeanor if a record of
transfer of ownership does not appear on the record book of the
licensed producer from whom the person in question states that
birds were purchased or received from.
Packaging, Labeling, and Storage
When sold or given as a gift (including shipment by any
means), carcasses of dressed, pen-raised quail must be contained in
a package or wrapper that has the licensed seller/donor's name,
business name (if used), and address legibly printed on the
packaging. The package or wrapper may contain one or more
If a package or shipment of quail carcasses is kept in
storage in any hotel, restaurant, or elsewhere, the carcasses must
remain in the packages or wrappers used by the licensed quail
producer until the quail are being prepared for
Resale or Change of Ownership
In case of the resale or disposition of quail carcasses
originally purchased or received from a licensed quail producer and
in turn sold or donated by another person, a record of each
subsequent change of ownership must be made. The following
information must be recorded by the present owner about the owner
who receives the quail:
- name and address of the person or business to
which the quail carcasses were transferred;
- the date of the transfer;
- the kind and number of quail
The record of the quail transfer of ownership must be kept by the
person or business selling or donating the quail for a period of
one year following the ownership transfer and shall, upon request,
be available for inspection by a representative of the MDWFP.