2005 Regular Session
To: Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
By: Representative Robinson (84th)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 49-7-41, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO EXEMPT HUNTERS UNDER SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE FROM THE REQUIREMENT THAT AN ANTLERED DEER MUST HAVE AT LEAST FOUR POINTS TO BE TAKEN; TO AUTHORIZE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SPECIFIC MANAGEMENT BUCK CRITERIA FOR ANTLERED DEER TAKEN BY PERMIT ON LANDS UNDER THE DEER MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 49-7-41, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
49-7-41. (1) The commission may set the bag limits for game animals, birds and fish, unless the bag limits are established by the Legislature by statute.
(2) (a) The bag limit on antlered deer is one (1) per day, not to exceed three (3) per license year. Except for hunters under sixteen (16) years of age and except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, an antlered deer must have antlers of four (4) points or greater to be taken * * *.
(b) An antlered deer with less than four (4) points, or antlered deer that meet specific management buck criteria, may be taken by permit whenever it is necessary to manage deer on lands under the deer management assistance program or wildlife management areas. A written management justification issued by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks must accompany any request for such a permit. Any antlered deer * * * harvested under this permit must be identified with a tag immediately upon possession. Antlered deer taken by permit shall not be subject to the daily bag limit or the annual bag limit on antlered deer. The department shall include a report on permits issued, to whom issued and deer harvested in the department's annual deer program report.
(3) (a) The bag limit on antlerless deer is one (1) per day, not to exceed three (3) per license year; except that two (2) additional antlerless deer per license year may be taken with a bow and arrow. Antlerless deer may be taken only in the areas prescribed by order of the commission. It is illegal to take a spotted fawn in any season.
(b) It is unlawful for a nonresident to kill an antlerless deer except: (i) a nonresident may take antlerless deer on lands that the title is vested in the nonresident or on lands that the nonresident has leased the hunting and fishing rights; or (ii) a nonresident who has a native son or daughter nonresident lifetime sportsman license or a resident lifetime sportsman license may take antlerless deer on private lands, wildlife management areas or national wildlife refuges.
(4) The bag limit on antlerless deer set by this section shall not apply to private lands under the deer management assistance program or the fee-based antlerless program as approved by the department.
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SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.