Legislative wildlife watch

The Mississippi Legislature convened in early January, and in the first week, only five bills involving hunting and/or fishing had been filed, all in the Senate.

Those include:

  • S.B. 2035: to allow air guns, air bows and pre-charged pneumatic weapons and authorize special seasons for CWD sample collection.
  • S.B. 2036: to allow the use of electronically amplified sound devices in deer hunting.
  • S.B. 2073: to require metallic tags to be affixed to the ear of a wild hog being transported.
  • S.B. 2074: require additional regulation of freshwater fishing guides by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
  • S.B. 2095: to include the manager or member of LLC owning land within the exemption from hunting/fishing licenses (while hunting on those lands).

Jan. 18 is the deadline for original introduction of general bills. The deadline for committee action on those bills will be Feb. 2, and the deadline for floor action on original bills by the full House or Senate is Feb. 11.

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Bobby Cleveland
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Bobby Cleveland has covered sports in Mississippi for over 40 years. A native of Hattiesburg and graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Cleveland lives on Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson with his wife Pam.

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