Elected in 2003, Representative Scott Bounds currently serves the 44th District in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Representative Bounds joined the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2005.
Representative Bounds was born and raised in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Located in the heart of Mississippi, the area is home to some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities in the state. To ensure that places like these are protected for future generations, Representative Bounds joined many of his fellow Caucus members as a co-sponsor of HCR 30 -- a constitutional amendment that added the Right to Hunt and Fish to Mississippi’s Constitution.
During the 2014 legislative session, Representative Bounds introduced HB 1524 – legislation that, if passed, would improve access to public lands. The bill would have appropriated funds to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, providing matching funds to restore roads within a wildlife management area.
Representative Bounds was instrumental in the passage of HB 719 -- a bill that gives the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks the ability to use best management practices in setting bag limits on whitetail deer—one of the state’s most popular game animals.
"Hunting and fishing is a necessary tool to properly manage wildlife populations. We want, in perpetuity, people to have this right to hunt and fish in the state of Mississippi. As Co-Chair of the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and Chairman of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Committee, I will continue to act as a proponent for pro-sportsman legislation that enhances the lives and economy of Mississippi."
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- Lack of access to hunting areas (17.79%)
- Lack of a mentor or instructor to take them (25.77%)
- Age limit restrictions on when they can purchase a license (1.23%)
- Lack of time or competing interests (17.18%)
- Technology (social media, phones, computers) (16.56%)
- Perceived negative public or peer-group opinions (21.47%)