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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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.51%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (10.07%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (64.03%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (14.39%)