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Hunting in Mississippi: Regulations for Hunting With Dogs

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 11:25 AM

Hunting with dogs in Mississippi is a time-honored tradition, and organizations like the Mississippi Hunting Dogs Association and the Coalition for Ethical Deer Hunting both aim to keep it that way in the Magnolia State.

However, there are several rules and regulations regarding the use of hunting dogs that hunters must be aware of before embarking on a hunting expedition in the state depending on where they are hunting and when.

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Here are some regulations to keep in mind when hunting in Mississippi with dogs:

1. Turkey Hunting
It is illegal to hunt with dogs for turkey at anytime, and this rule also means that hunting dogs are not permitted to be utilized at all during open turkey season even for the intent of hunting other game.

2. Deer Hunting
Deer can be hunted with the aide of dogs at limited time during gun seasons throughout the winter months. However, during archery, youth gun, and primitive gun seasons, the use of hunting dogs is not permitted.

3. Waterfowl Hunting
Be sure to check with local authorities regarding rules and regulations for hunting waterfowl with dogs. In the Gulf Islands National Seashore area of Mississippi, “The use of retrieval dogs is encouraged. Dogs must remain under the control of the hunter at all times. Dogs are permitted to cross the beach to retrieve downed waterfowl to avoid wanton waste, but must remain under control of the owner. Dogs are strictly prohibited from pursuing or harassing wildlife other than downed waterfowl and are strictly forbidden from roaming the shorelines, beaches, or upland areas within the Seashore” as stated on the National Park Service website.

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4. Hunting Other Permitted Game
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks lists five animals that may be hunted with dogs: raccoons, foxes, opossums, beavers, and bobcats. The only exception to this rule is using hunting dogs during the spring turkey hunting season.

In addition, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service notes that dogs are also allowed to join the hunt for squirrels, rabbit, and quail with a Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR permit. When hunting raccoon and opossum at night, the use of dogs is actually required.

5. Dog Field Trials
For hunters that wish to hunt game with their dogs, he or she must obtain an application for dog field trials, 14 days or sooner, before the trial opens.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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