The Mississippi Deer Season for 2023-2024 is quickly approaching, and hunters across the state are preparing for another exciting season.

This annual tradition not only allows enthusiasts to connect with nature, but it also plays an important role in wildlife management and conservation efforts.

In this article, we'll go over the important dates and hunting limits for the upcoming season, ensuring that hunters are well-informed and ready for a successful and responsible hunting experience.

Mississippi Deer Season

Mississippi deer season hunting zones

Delta, North Central, And Hills Deer Management Units
Method Date Rules
Archery Sept. 15-17 l Legal Buck Only. Special permit

l Mandatory reporting

l CWD sampling required

l Private Land Only

Sept. 30- Nov.17 Either-Sex on private land, open public land, and Holly Springs NF
Youth Season (15 and under) Nov.4. Nov.17 Either-Sex on private lands and authorized state and federal lands
Nov.18-Jan.31 l Either-Sex on private lands

l Youth must follow below legal deer criteria on open public lands

Antlerless Primitive Weapon Nov.6-17 Antlerless Deer Only on private lands
Gun (with dogs) Nov.18- Dec.1 l Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs NF.

l Legal Bucks only on open public land

Primitive Weapon Dec.2-15 l Either-Sex on private land, open public land, and Holly Springs NF

l Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license

Gun (without dogs) Dec.16-23 l Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs NF

l Legal Bucks only on open public land

Gun (with dogs) Dec.24-Jan.17 l Either-Sex on private land and Holly Spring NF

l Legal Bucks only on open public land

Archery/Primitive Weapon Jan.18-31 l Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs NF

l Legal Bucks only on open public land

l Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license

 

SOUTHEAST UNIT
Mehod Date Limits
Archery Sept. 15-17 l Legal Buck Only. Special permit

l Mandatory reporting

l CWD sampling required. Private Land Only

Oct.14- Nov.17 Either-Sex on private and open public land
Youth Season (15 and under) Nov.4- Nov.17 Either-Sex on private lands and authorized state and federal lands
Nov.18- Feb.15 l Either-Sex on private lands.

l On open public lands, youth must follw below legal deer criteria

Gun (with dogs) Nov.18- Dec.1 l Either-Sex on private land

l Legal Bucks only on open public land

Primitive Weapon Dec.2-15 l Either-Sex on private and open public land

l Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license

Gun (without dogs) Dec.16-23 l Either-Sex on private land

l Legal Bucks only on open public land

Gun (with dogs) Dec.24 -Jan.17 l Either-Sex on private land

l Legal Bucks only on open public land

Archery/Primitive Weapon Jan.18-31 l Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land

l Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license

Feb.1-15 l Legal Bucks only on private and open public land

l Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license

Deer Bag Limits

Delta Deer Management Units:

Antlered deer: 1 per day, 3 per annual season

Antlerless deer: 5

 

Hills Deer Management Units:

Antlered deer: 1 per day, 3 per annual season

Antlerless deer: 5

 

North Deer Management Units:

Antlered deer: 1 per day, 4 per annual season

Antlerless deer: 10

 

Southeast Deer Management Units:

Antlered deer: 1 per day, 3 per annual season

Antlerless deer: 1 per day, 2 per annual season

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Mississippi Turkey Season

Season Date Bag Limit
Youth (Private and authorized state and federal public lands. Youth 15 and under) Mar.8-14 1 adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6-inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring season.

Hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest 1 gobbler of choice (any age) per day, 3 per Spring season.

Spring Mar.15-May1
Non- Resident (Public Lands) Mar.15-31 1 adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6- inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring season.

Notices:

  1. Non-resident Turkey Hunting on Public Lands: From March 15 to March 31, non-residents may only hunt on public lands in Mississippi if they have been selected through either a Non-resident Public Lands Turkey Permit or a WMA Draw Hunt.
  2. All spring turkeys harvested must be reported to the MDWFP Game Check system by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest. While spring turkey hunting, hunters must carry a current harvest reporting record.

Mississippi Small Game Season

Season

Date

Bag Limit

Youth Squrrel* Sept.23 - 30 8
Squirrel - Fall Season Sept. 30 - Feb.28 8
Squirrel - Spring Season May 15 -June 1 4
Rabbit Oct.14- Feb.28 8
Bobwhite Quail Nov.23- Mar.2 8
Frog April 1 . Sept. 30 25/Night
Raccoon July 1 - Sept.30 1 per Party/Night
Opossum, Raccoon, and Bobcat Sept. 30- Oct.31 (Food and sport)

Nov.1 -Feb.28 (Food, sport, and pelt)

5/Day; 8/Party No Limit
Trapping Nov.1 - Mar.15 No Limit

Notice: Squirrel hunting is permitted only on private lands and authorized state and federal lands within the designated squirrel hunting areas.

Mississippi Migratory Birds Season

Season Date Bag Limit Professional Limit
Sept. Teal Sept.9. Sept. 24 6 18
Sept. Canada Geese Sept.1 - Sept.30 5 15
Woodcock Dec.18-Jan.31 3 9
Snipe Nov. 14- Feb. 28 8 24
Gallinules (Common & Purple) Sept.1 -Oct.1 Nov.23- Dec.31 15 Singly or in aggregate 45 Singly or in aggregate
Rails: Clapper and King Sept.1-Oct.1 Nov.23- Dec.31 15 Singly or in aggregate 45 Singly or in aggregate
Rails: Sora and Virginia Sept.1 -Oct.1 Nov.23- Dec.31 25 Singly or in aggregate 75 Singly or in aggregate
Mourning and White-winged Doves (North Zone) Sept.2 = Oct. 15 Oct. 28 - Nov. 26 Dec.30-Jan.14 15 Singly or in aggregate 45 Singly or in aggregate
Mourning and White-winged Doves (South Zone) Sept.2 - Sept.24 Oct.7- Nov.5 Dec.23-Jan.28 15 Singly or in aggregate 45 Singly or in aggregate
Crows Nov.4- Feb.29 No Limit No Limit
Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots Nov.24- Nov.26 Dec.1 -Dec.3 Dec.9-Jan.31 6 ducks

5 mergansers

15 coots

18 ducks

15 mergansers

45 coots

Geese: Canada, White-fronted, Snow, Blue, Ross's, and Brant Nov.10 = Nov.26 Dec.1- Dec.3 Dec.9-Jan.31 Canada Geese :5 Snow, Blue, & Ross's: 20 White-fronted: 3 Brant:1 Canada Geese :15 Snow, Blue, & Ross's: No limit I White-fronted:9 Brant:3
Youth, Veterans, and Active Military Waterfowl Days Feb.3-4, 2024 Same as regular season Same as regular season
Light Goose Conservation Order (Special Permit Needed) Oct.1 - Nov.9 Nov.27 - Nov.30 Dec.4-Dec.8 Feb.1 - Feb.2 Feb.5- Mar.31 No Limit No Limit

Mississippi Hunting Rules

While hunting in Mississippi could be exciting, it is important to acknowledge their rules and requirements to ensure a legal and joyful experience.

Here, we summarize important information on the regulations and rules for Mississippi hunting season. Check these rules before you navigate the Mississippi hunting landscape responsibly and legally.

  1. You need permission from the landowner to hunt, fish, or trap on their land.
  2. Wildlife Management Areas administered by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks have special seasons and regulations different from statewide ones. Contact the MDWFP or area personnel for more information.
  3. Mississippi residents between the ages of 16 and 64 must have a hunting license, except when hunting on their own titled land. Residents aged 65 and older or those exempt from obtaining a hunting license must carry documentation while hunting.
  4. Non-resident hunters, except minors under 16, need a hunting license to hunt in Mississippi.
  5. Anyone born after January 1, 1972, must complete an approved hunter education course before getting a Mississippi hunting license. Fraudulent acquisition of a license or certificate will result in revocation or cancellation.
  6. Certain residents with disabilities or impairments are exempt from purchasing a hunting or fishing license but must carry proof of age, residency, disability status, or impairment when engaged in hunting or fishing activities.
  7. Obtaining a license under a false name or making false statements to obtain a license is a felony punishable by a fine or imprisonment.
  8. Legal shooting hours for resident game are from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. For migratory birds, shooting hours are from half an hour before sunrise to sunset.
  9. Raccoon, fox, opossum, beaver, and bobcats can be legally hunted at night with or without a light and with dogs, except during the spring turkey season. Refer to specific regulations for legal deer hunting.
  10. Hunting turkeys with dogs is prohibited. Dogs are not allowed for deer hunting during certain seasons such as archery season, primitive weapons season, or still hunting season. Applications for dog field trials must be submitted to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks at least 14 days before the trial opens.

End Words

To summarize, knowing Mississippi's hunting season dates and regulations is critical for all hunters. You can ensure that you will know when to prepare for your hunting activities and make sure that it is legal and safe by obtaining the necessary information, permissions, licenses, and regulations.

Moreover, always remember to respect the land, hunt ethically, and prioritize safety at all times. You can help preserve Mississippi's wildlife and natural resources for future generations of hunters by following these rules and guidelines. Good luck with your hunt!

Things may change over time and we will keep you updated with any news! Or visit the official website here: Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries&Parks.

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