FAQ: Info About Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Purchasing Licenses

  1. How long is a license valid?
  2. Can I purchase a Lifetime License online?
  3. If I purchase a Lifetime License for myself or my child and move to another state, is the license still good in Mississippi?
  4. How much is a sportsman's license and what comes with it?
  5. How do I obtain a duplicate license?
  6. If I own land, why does my family have to have a hunting license?
  7. If I own land in Mississippi but live in another state, do I have to purchase a non-resident hunting license?
  8. Where is your building located?
  9. When I purchase a trip license, do the days have to run consecutively?
  10. Where can I purchase an Electronic Waterfowl Stamp?
  11. Where can I purchase a trapping, commercial, or minnow license?
  12. How do I get a TAN number?

Purchasing Licenses

  1. How long is a license valid?

    Effective July 1, 2007 licenses are valid for one (1) year from date of purchase.

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  2. Can I purchase a Lifetime License online?

    No, you will need to purchase a Lifetime License in person or by mail at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Headquarters located in Jackson. Resident Lifetime License applicants must prove that they have been domiciled in the State of Mississippi for a minimum of eighteen (18) months immediately prior to issuance of such licenses. Please contact the Department for more information (601-432-2055 or www.mdwfp.com).

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  3. If I purchase a Lifetime License for myself or my child and move to another state, is the license still good in Mississippi?

    Your Lifetime License is good in the state of Mississippi for the rest of your life. The only difference after you move to another state is you would follow the bag limits set for a non-resident.

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  4. How much is a sportsman's license and what comes with it?

    The license cost is $34.00 when purchased via any Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks personnel. Additional charges are applied when purchasing licenses via licensed agents, 1-800-5GO-HUNT, or the Internet. A sportsman's license is only issued to Mississippi residents. This license allows for fishing and hunting of all legal game and fowl and the use of primitive weapons and bow and arrow. The State Electronic Waterfowl Stamp must be purchased in addition to this license. This is the only license issued as a plastic card in a designer format and comes with a sportsman's decal. It must be renewed annually.

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  5. How do I obtain a duplicate license?

    Send a copy of your Driver's License or name, address and Drivers License number along with a check or money order for $7.29 to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS 39211, Attention: License Division. Make checks payable to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

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  6. If I own land, why does my family have to have a hunting license?

    The only person who can hunt without a license on property they own is a Mississippi resident and the title holder(s). If you own land, but your spouse is not on the title for instance, he/she has to have a license.

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  7. If I own land in Mississippi but live in another state, do I have to purchase a non-resident hunting license?

    Yes, you must be able to prove residency in order to purchase a resident hunting license. To do so you must produce a valid Mississippi Driver's License, show where you most recently paid state resident income tax, demonstrate where you filed for homestead exemption or show a college, university or military I.D. Merely owning land in this state does not exempt you from purchasing a non-resident license. Also, if you are disabled and/or 65 years of age or older and are a resident of another state, you must purchase a non-resident hunting and fishing license. Non-residents under 16 are not required to purchase a license for non-residents.

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  8. Where is your building located?

    1505 Eastover Drive in Jackson, between the School for the Deaf and Blind and the Institutions of Higher Learning.

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  9. When I purchase a trip license, do the days have to run consecutively?

    Yes

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  10. Where can I purchase an Electronic Waterfowl Stamp?

    An Electronic State Waterfowl Stamp can be purchased through any bonded license agent or can be purchased through the license division of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks with a check or money order. The Electronic Waterfowl Stamp can also be purchased with a VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card via the Internet or by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT.

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  11. Where can I purchase a trapping, commercial, or minnow license?

    In person or by mail from DWFP Headquarters in Jackson, local DWFP district offices, or state parks.

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  12. How do I get a TAN number?

    The Temporary Authorization Number (TAN) is provided as a part of the purchase confirmation screen at the end of the license purchase process. If you were unable to get the TAN from the confirmation screen and have successfully completed your purchase, it can also be obtained by going to the Payment Tracker and entering your purchase Confirmation Number.

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For more information visit www.mdwfp.com