1997 Regular Session
To: Game and Fish
By: Representative Livingston
House Bill 1331
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 49-7-1, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF GAME FISH; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 49-7-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
49-7-1. For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions and interpretations shall govern unless otherwise provided:
(a) The following wild animals shall be classed as game: bear, white-tailed deer, * * * rabbits and squirrels.
(b) The following wild animals shall be classed as fur-bearing animals: muskrats, opossums, otters, skunks, weasels, minks, raccoons, nutria and bobcats; all others shall be deemed predatory animals. The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Mississippi Forestry Commission are authorized, empowered and directed, upon request by the board of supervisors of any county to cooperate with such board of supervisors in eradicating such predatory animals.
(c) All freshwater fishes in the following families shall be classed as game fish: Sunfish family (Centrarchidae) - including largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), smallmouth bass, (Micropterus dolomieu), spotted bass (Micopterus punctulatus), white crappie (Pomoxis annularis), black crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus), redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus) bluegill (Lepomis macrochiris), warmouth (Lepomis gulosus), greensunfish (Lepomis cyanellus), longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis), redbreast sunfish (Lepomis auritus), and shadow bass (Ambloplites ariommus); Perch Family (Percidae) - including walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), sauger (Stizostedion canadense) and yellow perch (Perca flavescens); Pike family (Esocidae) - including redfin pickerel (Esox americanus americanus), grass pickerel (Esox americanus vermiculatus), chain pickerel (Esox niger); Temperate bass family (Percichthyidae) including - white bass, (Morone chrysops), yellow bass (Morone mississippiensis), striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and hybrid striped bass (Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis and/or Morone saxatilis x Morone chrysops).
The following fishes shall be classed as nongame gross fish: in the Catfish family (Ictaluridae) - channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus), flathead catfish (Pylodictus olivaris), yellow bullhead (Ameiurus natalis), black bullhead (Ameiurus melas), brown bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus); in the Gar family - spotted gar (Lepisosteus oculatus), longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus), shortnose gar (Lepisosteus platostomus), alligator gar (Lepisosteus spatula); in the Eel family (Anguillidae) - American eel (Anguilla rostrata); in the Bowfin family (Amiidae) - bowfin (Amia calva); in the Paddlefish family (Polyodontidae) - paddlefish (Polyodon spathula); in the Minnow family (Cyprinidae) - common carp (Cyprinus carpio); in the Sucker family (Catostomidae) - river carpsucker (Carpoides carpio), quillback (Carpoides cyprinus), highfin carpsucker (Carpoides velifer), spotted sucker (Minytrema melanops), blacktail redhorse (Moxostoma poecilurum), smallmouth buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus), bigmouth buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus), black buffalo (Ictiobus niger); in the Drum family (Sciaenidae) - freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens).
All fishes native to Mississippi that are not classed as game fish or nongame gross fish are classed as nongame fishes.
All fishes native to foreign countries and all fishes native to the United States but not native to Mississippi are classed as nonnative fishes.
(d) The following shall be classed as game birds: geese, brant and river and sea ducks, rails, coots, sora, snipe, woodcock, sandpipers, tattlers, plovers, wild turkey, quail and doves.
All other species of wild resident or migratory birds shall be considered nongame birds.
(e) Closed season: the time during which birds, animals or fish may not be taken.
(f) Open season: the time during which birds, animals or fish may be lawfully taken.
(g) "Commission" means the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
(h) "Department" means the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
(i) "Executive director" means the Executive Director of the Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.