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Mississippi And Louisiana Reach Agreement On Hunting Liscenses

The hunting and fishing license war between Mississippi and Louisiana is over, and officials say sportsmen from both states have reason to smile.

The battle started last year when the Louisiana Legislature approved higher out of state fishing fees. Mississippi retaliated by increasing out of state hunting fees.

Today, some members of the Louisiana legislature came to Jackson to sign an agreement, with both states making a number of concessions:

Mississippi agrees to:

  • Lower its all game hunting license from $425 to $300
  • Lower its archery/primitive weapon license from $100 to $75

Louisiana agrees to:

  • Lower its annual non-resident saltwater fishing license from $110 to $90
  • Create a 3 day non-resident saltwater license for $55
  • Create a one day saltwater license for $20  For the thousands of Mississippians who enjoy fishing in Louisiana's waters, buying an annual license will now cost $90 dollars instead of $110.

Sen. Lynn Posey, D-Union Church, is chairman of the Senate Wildlife and Fisheries Committee. He was instrumental in getting the changes.

"I don't think everyone's completely satisfied but I think under the circumstances we did as good for the state of Mississippi as we could do," Sen. Posey said after a meeting with Louisiana legislators.

The Mississippi and Louisiana Departments of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks operate off of the license fees. Even though both agencies will take a hit by lowering prices, negotiators say it's worth it.

"That's why we're here today to sign an agreement just saying, look enough is enough lets have peace and make sure we can cross the line without that animosity," said Sen. Craig Romero, R-Louisiana.

"What's more important, for the first time we have an open line of communication between Mississippi and Louisiana regarding any kind of future license fee adjustments," said Jim Walker with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks.

At the end of the meeting, Mississippi officials received this jug of Tabasco as a token of appreciation and an end to a heated debate.

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