Changes made to wild turkey stamp bill

Published 12:46 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2024

JACKSON — Legislators from the Senate and House filed a conference report after bills passed both the senate and house to establish a Wild Turkey Stamp. The report makes minor changes to the bill. 

If the bill becomes law, hunters would be required to purchase a turkey stamp to hunt wild turkeys in Mississippi. Money raised by the stamp would go towards habitat work, conservation and research of wild turkeys. 

According to the conference report for House Bill 1298, lifetime license holders would be exempt from purchasing a wild turkey stamp, residents would be charged $10 for turkey stamps and non-residents would be charged $100 for turkey stamps. 

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Turkey stamps would be valid from the date of purchase to the final day of turkey season following its purchase. The stamp would thus expire and a new one would have to be purchased for the next season. 

Additionally, the commission is allowed to make rules where turkey harvest tags are dependent on turkey stamps except for people who are exempt from purchase. The commission shall determine the form of the stamp used.