2006 Regular Session
To: Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
By: Representative Robinson (84th)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 49-7-47, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE RESTRICTIONS ON THE HUNTING OR CATCHING OF ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLES AND TO DELETE RESTRICTIONS ON THE HUNTING OR CATCHING OF COMMON SNAPPING TURTLES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 49-7-47, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
49-7-47. (1) The commission may control, regulate and manage the taking of all alligator * * * snapping turtles.
(2) Residents and nonresidents shall be required to purchase a combination hunting and fishing license to hunt, kill or catch any alligator * * * snapping turtle for sporting purposes.
(3) Residents and nonresidents shall be required to obtain a special permit to hunt, kill, catch or possess any alligator * * * snapping turtle for commercial purposes. The commission may establish a reasonable fee for an annual special sporting permit, not to exceed Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00), and may prescribe regulations governing commercial trade in alligators and common snapping turtles. Any reasonable fee established for an annual special commercial permit shall not exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). Such permit shall be good from the date of its issuance to June 30 following its date.
(4) Any person violating this section is guilty, upon conviction, of a Class I offense and is punishable as provided in Section 49-7-141.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2006.