MI: Hunting laws there to keep everyone safe
November 24, 2009
Hunting laws there to keep everyone safe
Larry Castle, game director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, said
the state has laws that aim to make hunting as safe as possible.
When hunting, it’s against Mississippi law to shoot a firearm across a
public road, whether it involves Wildlife Management Areas overseen by the
Mississippi Department of Wildlife or land overseen by the U.S. Forest
Castle was referring to an accident with injuries Sunday on Big Foot
horse trail in the DeSoto National Forest in Harrison County. Authorities on
Monday said the man accused of firing shots that wounded a woman and her
10-year-old child was deer hunting with dogs and allegedly shot across a
While he said he was saddened by news of the accident, his agency is
tasked with investigating all hunting accidents, even though the area where
the shooting occurred is under jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service.
“This trail is not in the Wildlife Management Area,” Castle said. “It is
in the DeSoto National Forest, and it is regulated by the Forest Service,
not us. But we are investigating.”
“We do set the hunting dates and bag limits, but the trail is not on our”
wildlife management area.
The accident happened a day after the opening of deer season with dogs.
It’s also a law that hunters must wear orange and properly identify the
target before firing, to prevent accidents, Castle said.
When dog hunting, it is unlawful to hunt or shoot across any street,
public road, public highway, railroad or in rights-of-way.
A person is determined to be hunting if he possess a firearm with a
cartridge or shell in the barrel, magazine or clip attached to the firearm,
or if all ammunition is not located in an enclosed compartment, container,
box or garment (whether or not the firearm is in or out of a motorized
vehicle) while he is on any street, public road or highway, railroad or
right-of-way during the open season on deer and turkey. An unloaded
muzzle-loading cap lock firearm is one with the cap removed.
“I do know you cannot shoot across a public road,” Castle said.
State law requires that all persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1972
complete a hunter education course approved by the state agency before they
can purchase a Mississippi hunting license. It is unlawful to issue a
hunting license to a person under age 37 who doesn’t show proof of
completing a hunter education course.
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