Last updated July 2020

Link to state website


Scott Peyton
Scientific Collections Manager
Phone (601) 354-7303
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, Mississippi 39202

Is a state permit required for banding?

The statute does not define the term “scientific collecting.” There seems to be no regulation at this time. The application form does not define or list the activities that require the permit. An inquiry has been submitted to the Scientific Collections Manager.

Permit application forms

  • Application Form
  • Renewal – same form
  • Threatened and Endangered – same form
  • Salvage – same form

State lands

Include a request in your application; the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will handle this request for you.

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.


Mississippi statute (there seems to be no regulation as of 2017)


§ 49-1-41. Power to issue permits for scientific or propagation purposes

   The commission may issue a permit, revocable at pleasure, to any person authorizing the holder to collect and possess wild animals or wild birds, or birds’ nests or eggs for scientific purposes, but no permit shall authorize the collection, possession, purchase or sale of migratory birds, or their nests or eggs, included in the terms of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of July 3, 1918, and the federal regulations thereunder, for scientific exhibition, or propagating purposes, contrary to the provisions of said act and/or regulations. Before such a permit is issued for scientific purposes the applicant must pay the sum of One Dollar ($ 1.00) for the permit; but duly accredited representatives of public educational or scientific institutions, or government departments of the United States engaged in the scientific study of birds and animals may be granted any permit required under this chapter without enforcement or charge, and no scientific permittee shall be required to obtain a hunting license.
   Permits to take, possess, purchase or sell rare or endangered species shall not be issued except, at the discretion of the commission, to a duly accredited representative of a school, college or university, museum or other scientific institution, or a representative of a federal or state agency for scientific or propagation purposes devoted to perpetuating the species.
   Permits to take game or fur-bearing animals or game birds during the closed season shall not be issued except to a duly accredited representative of a school, college or university, museum or other scientific institution, or a representative of a state game commission to restock the covers of the state which he represents.
   A person holding a valid permit issued pursuant to the provisions of this section may buy, sell, possess and transport, for scientific purposes, the animals and birds legally taken, and sell them alive for propagation or stocking purposes, to a person holding such a permit.
   When transported by a common carrier, or contained in a package, such a specimen, or any package in which same is transported, shall have clearly and conspicuously marked on the outside the name and address of the consignor and consignee, an accurate statement of the number and kinds of animals or birds or specimens, or parts thereof, or birds’ nests or eggs contained therein, and that such specimens are for scientific or propagation purposes.
   Each person receiving a permit under this section must file with the commission within fifteen (15) days after the expiration of his permit, a report of his operations under the permit, which report shall set forth the name and address of the permittee, number of his permit, number of specimens of each species taken thereunder, or otherwise acquired, disposition of same, names and addresses of persons acquiring same from the permittee, and number of each species in captivity and the number on hand for propagation purposes at the expiration of the permit.

Endangered species

Mississippi has a state endangered species statute. Title 49, CHAPTER 5.  FISH, GAME AND BIRD PROTECTION AND REFUGES NONGAME AND ENDANGERED SPECIES CONSERVATION, provides:

(c) Except as otherwise provided in Sections 49-5-101 through 49-5-119, it shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, transport, export, process, sell or offer for sale or ship, and for any common or contract carrier knowingly to transport or receive for shipment any species or subspecies of wildlife appearing on any of the following lists: (1) the list of wildlife indigenous to the state determined to be endangered within the state pursuant to subsection (a); (2) the United States’ List of Endangered Native Fish and Wildlife as it appears on July 1, 1974 (Part 17 of Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Appendix D); and (3) the United States’ List of Endangered Foreign Fish and Wildlife (Part 17 of Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Appendix A), as such list may be modified hereafter; provided, that any species or subspecies of wildlife appearing on any of the foregoing lists which enters the state from another state or from a point outside the territorial limits of the United States and which is transported across the state destined for a point beyond the state may be so entered and transported without restriction in accordance with the terms of any federal permit or permit issued under the laws or regulations of another state.

The avian species listed as endangered under state law are:

Southeastern Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Interior Least Tern (Sternula antillarum athalassos)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Mississippi Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pulla)
Bachman’s Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii)
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Ivory Billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)