Rural Property Rights
Association of Mississippi

Assuring the peaceful enjoyment of private property

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Property rights defined by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Sanders in 1997: “Property in a thing consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in the unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property, to that extent, destroys the property itself. The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right.”

Serving sportsmen, ranchers, farmers, timberland managers and others who own or lease rural land:

  • We support the right of land owners and lease holders to use and manage their land without disruption from trespassing deer dogs and other nuisances.
  • We support the use of dogs to hunt squirrel, coon, rabbit, duck, geese, quail, hogs, and other small game.
  • We support additional regulation of dog-deer hunting to reduce or eliminate deer-dog trespass on private land.

Mission Statement:

This organization is organized exclusively for protection and promotion of rural landowner and leaseholder rights to enjoy their land as they see fit.

In many parts of Mississippi, land owners, lease holders, their guest hunters, and the general public often are affected by the poor conduct of some dog-deer hunters and their dogs. Our association seeks to reduce or eliminate the inconsiderate behavior of the few dog-deer hunters who give all hunters a bad reputation when they do things such as:

  • turn their deer dogs out on someone else's land.
  • allow their deer dogs to trespass on private property, ruining still hunts or disturbing, injuring, or killing livestock, poultry, and pets.
  • allow their deer dogs to chase deer off someone else’s land so the deer can be shot on public land or their own land.
  • hunt from the road.
  • block public roads.
  • damage property (e.g., cut fences, commit arson).
  • threaten to commit both bodily harm and property damage.
  • abandon their dogs.
The problem is so serious that some land owners no longer hunt on their own land solely because deer-dog trespass ruins their hunts throughout most of deer season.

Did you know?

  • Deer-dog trespassing is a problem that is not unique to Mississippi.
  • Only nine states in the USA allow the use of dogs to hunt Whitetail deer; even in those states, some areas are closed to dog-deer hunting.
  • There are 155 national forests in the USA. Of those, 127 (81%) are closed to dog-deer hunting for Whitetail deer.
  • Mississippi has six national forests. There are some areas in all six forests that are closed to dog-deer hunting.

Some questions...

  • Can the permit system that has worked so well in the Homochitto National Forest be implemented for the whole state?
  • Is it possible to hunt, bike, hike, bird-watch, horseback ride, or enjoy any other activity in a national forest during dog-deer hunting season?
  • Is Mississippi losing still-hunting license revenue because of dog-deer hunting?

HNF permit system info

Excerpt pertaining to HNF permit system


On November 1, 2017, Judge Karen Gievers granted the plaintiffs' renewed motion for contempt and struck the pleadings of FWC, which is the equivalent of an entry of a default on liability. There will still be a determination of the amount of damages. FWC will appeal.

order striking defense answer and affirmative defenses

transcript of 11/1/2017 hearing

On October 31, 2017, Judge Karen Gievers denied the South Eastern Dog Hunter's Association's motion to intervene in the case against FWC, based on "your client members have no rights to be on the plaintiff's property nor to allow their dogs to roam free."

order denying motion to intervene

transcript of 10/31/2017 hearing

MDWFP 2016-2017 Deer Hunter Survey Results

  • Less than 7% of the respondents hunted deer with dogs.
  • Only 2.2% of the responding hunters said that hunting deer with dogs is their primary means of deer hunting.
  • Only 4.5% said that both still hunting and hunting deer with dogs are their primary means.
  • 88% said that still hunting is their primary means.

Submit an Incident Report

(Members only)

For incidents involving dogs, deer-dog hunters, or both.

You do not have to have caught the dog and you do not have to be in HNF permit system area. This is for all deer-dog- and deer-dog-hunter-related problems.

Incident Report

Education 2016

Membership Info

For information on joining or paying for membership, visit our Membership page:


Dogs, Doggers, Damage, and Threats

WARNING! Graphic content in photos



Member Hunting Photos

Address: P.O. Box 544, Picayune, MS  39466

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