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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hunting License Info For Mississippi

 Hunting License Regulations: All persons born on or after January 1, 1972, must satisfactorily complete a hunter education course approved by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license.  If it is determined that the holder was not entitled to issuance or obtained the license or hunter education certificate by fraudulent means, the license will be revoked or canceled.  It is unlawful to issue a hunting license to any person in this age group without proof of completion of the hunter education course.

* Resident - Each resident of the State of Mississippi ages 16 through 64 must obtain a hunting license, except while hunting on lands titled in his or her name.  Any person 65 or older, or any person otherwise exempted from obtaining a hunting license, must have documentation with him/her at all times while hunting as described in "Exemptions" below.

* Non-Resident - All non-resident hunters, except minors under the age of 16, are required to obtain a hunting license while hunting in the State of Mississippi.

Exemptions: Residents who are blind, paraplegic, a multiple-amputee, adjudged totally disabled by the Social Security Administration or totally service connected disabled by the Veterans Administration are not required to purchase a hunting or fishing license.  (MS. Code 49-7-5 and 49-7-9).  Residents exempt based on this criteria are required to have proof of their age, residency, disability status or other physical impairment in their possession while engaged in hunting and fishing activities.  All exempt licenses previously issued for disabilities are null and void.

Proof Of Residency: Only persons domiciled within the state of Mississippi as defined in section 49-7-3 of the Mississippi code, as amended, are entitled to obtain a resident hunting/fishing license.

Under this section, a person's domicile is that person's principal or primary home or place of abode.  Provided, however, a person holding a current driver's license is deemed to be domiciled within the state that issued the driver's license.  Even if a person currently resides within the State of Mississippi, for purposes of obtaining a hunting license, he/she is considered to be domiciled in the state which issued the driver's license.

I.  If you hold a current driver's license:
     a.  If you hold a current Mississippi driver's license, you are entitled to purchase a resident hunting license.
     b.  If you hold a driver's license from any state other than Mississippi, you are required to purchase a non-resident hunting license.

II.  If you do not hold a current driver's license from any state:
You are entitled to purchase a resident hunting license if Mississippi is your principal or primary home or place of abode.  A current Mississippi resident income tax return or a homestead exemption receipt may be considered as evidence of domicile, but these are not necessarily determinative.  You may be denied a resident hunting license if you fail to provide adequate proof.

Exceptions: Even if you are domiciled in another state, you my purchase a resident hunting license if you provide either (1) a current identification card from a Mississippi college or university; or (2) a current military ID card showing that you are an active member of the Armed Forces (excluding Reserves and the National Guard) and proof that you are stationed on a military base in Mississippi. 
Proof of age may be shown by a valid driver's license; or a copy of a birth certificate.

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