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Overview

Known For

Exceptional waterfowl hunting

Terrain

Hilly in the northeast and low marsh lands to the south

Mississippi Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Coyote
Coyote
Nuisance animal. May be taken year round by land owners, leaseholders, or other designated agents.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery 2
Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Units
Oct 1, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery SE 2
Southeast Deer Management Unit. Either sex on private and open public land.
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Gun 1
Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Units. Either sex on private and authorized state and federal lands.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Gun SE 1
Southeast Management Unit. Either sex on private and authorized state and federal lands.
Nov 5, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Antlerless Primitive Weapons
Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Units. Antlerless Deer Only on private lands.
Nov 7, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun (with dogs)
Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Units. Either sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 1, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Gun
Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Units. Either sex on private lands. On open public lands, youth must follow legal deer criteria.
Nov 19, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun (with dogs)
Southeast Management Unit. Either sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 1, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Gun
Southeast Management Unit. Either sex on private lands. On open public lands, youth must follow legal deer criteria.
Nov 19, 2022 Feb 15, 2023
Deer
Deer – Primitive Weapon
Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Units. Either sex on private land, open public land, and Holly Springs NF. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.
Dec 2, 2022 Dec 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – Primitive Weapon SE
Southeast Management Unit. Either sex on private land and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.
Dec 2, 2022 Dec 15, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun (without dogs)
Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Units. Either sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.
Dec 16, 2022 Dec 23, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun (without dogs) SE
Southeast Management Unit. Either sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.
Dec 16, 2022 Dec 23, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun (with dogs)
Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Units. Either sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 18, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun (with dogs)
Southeast Management Unit. Either sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 18, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery/Primitive Weapon
Southeast Management Unit. Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.
Jan 19, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery/Primitive Weapon
Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Units. Either sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.
Jan 19, 2023 Jan 31, 2023
Deer
Deer – Archery/Primitive Weapon
Southeast Management Unit. Legal bucks only on private and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.
Feb 1, 2023 Feb 15, 2023
Dove
Dove – North Zone 1
Bag limit 15 per day.
Sep 3, 2022 Oct 14, 2022
Dove
Dove – South Zone 1
Bag limit 15 per day.
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Dove
Dove – South Zone 2
Bag limit 15 per day.
Oct 8, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Dove
Dove – North Zone 2
Bag limit 15 per day.
Oct 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Dove
Dove – South Zone 3
Bag limit 15 per day.
Dec 19, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Dove
Dove – North Zone 3
Bag limit 15 per day.
Dec 24, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Teal
Bag limit 6 per day.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Duck
Duck – All Part 1
The duck daily bag limit is a total of 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 1 mottled duck, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasbacks, 1 scaup, and 2 redheads.
Nov 25, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – All Part 2
The duck daily bag limit is a total of 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females),\n1 mottled duck, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasbacks, 1 scaup, and 2 redheads.
Dec 2, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Duck
Duck – All Part 3
The duck daily bag limit is a total of 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 1 mottled duck, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasbacks, 1 scaup, and 2 redheads.
Dec 9, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Youth, Veteran, and Active Duty Military.
The duck daily bag limit is a total of 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 1 mottled duck, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasbacks, 1 scaup, and 2 redheads.
Feb 4, 2023 Feb 5, 2023
Goose
Goose – September Canada Goose
Bag limit 5 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – Light Part 1
Conservation Order. No limit. Need permit.
Oct 1, 2022 Nov 10, 2022
Goose
Goose – All Part 1
Canada Goose : 3 Snow, Blue, & Ross’: 20 White-fronted: 3 Brant: 1.
Nov 11, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Goose
Goose – Light Part 2
Conservation Order. No limit. Need permit.
Nov 28, 2022 Dec 1, 2022
Goose
Goose – All Part 2
Canada Goose : 3 Snow, Blue, & Ross’: 20 White-fronted: 3 Brant: 1.
Dec 2, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Goose
Goose – Light Part 3
Conservation Order. No limit. Need permit.
Dec 5, 2022 Dec 6, 2022
Goose
Goose – All Part 3
Canada Goose : 3 Snow, Blue, & Ross’: 20 White-fronted: 3 Brant: 1.
Dec 9, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Goose
Goose – Light Part 4
Conservation Order. No limit. Need permit.
Feb 1, 2023 Feb 3, 2023
Goose
Goose – Youth, Veteran, and Active Duty Military
Canada Goose : 3 Snow, Blue, & Ross’: 20 White-fronted: 3 Brant: 1.
Feb 4, 2023 Feb 5, 2023
Goose
Goose – Light Part 5
Conservation Order. No limit. Need permit.
Feb 6, 2023 Mar 31, 2023
Hog
Wild Hog
Nuisance animal. May be taken year round by land owners, leaseholders, or other designated agents.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Quail Game Type
Bobwhite Quail
Bag limit 8 per day.
Nov 24, 2022 Mar 4, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit
Bag limit 8 per day.
Oct 15, 2022 Feb 28, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall
Bag limit 2 turkeys of either sex. See regulations for open areas.
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 15, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Youth Spring
Bag limit 1 bearded turkey per day. No more than 3 for the season. See regulations for open areas.
Mar 8, 2023 Mar 14, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring
Bag limit 1 bearded turkey per day. No more than 3 for the season. See regulations for open areas.
Mar 15, 2023 May 1, 2023

Mississippi Hunting Seasons

Big Game

Deer

Shooting Hours

Legal shooting hours for resident game are one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to onehalf (1/2) hour after sunset.

Deer

Deer

Antlered Buck Bag Limits

With the exception of the North Central DMU, the statewide bag limit on antlered buck deer is one (1) buck per day and three (3) per annual season. One (1) of these three White-Tailed Deer Hunting (3) may have hardened antlers that do not meet the DMU legal antler requirements on private land and Holly Springs National Forest. Antlered buck bag limit in the North Central DMU is one (1) buck per day and four (4) per annual season. No antler restrictions apply to this DMU. All four bucks may have any sized hardened antlers. For youth hunters fifteen (15) years of age and younger, hunting on private land and authorized state and federal lands, all three (3) of the three (3) buck bag limit may be any antlered deer.

Antlerless Deer Bag Limits

Private Land: With the exception of the North Central and Southeast DMUs, the statewide annual bag limit on antlerless deer is five (5). The bag limit for private lands in the North Central DMU is ten (10) antlerless deer per season. Antlerless deer are male or female deer which do not have hardened antler above the natural hairline. Only two (2) antlerless deer may be harvested from the Southeast DMU. There is no daily bag limit on antlerless deer; except, only one (1) anterless deer per day may be harvested in the Southeast DMU. U.S. Forest Service Lands: The bag limit is one (1) per day, not to exceed five (5) per annual season except in the Southeast DMU, which is two (2) per annual season.

Primitive Weapons

Weapons legal for use during the Primitive Weapons season are all archery equipment and primitive firearms. “Primitive firearms,” for the purpose of hunting deer, are defined as single- or double-barreled, muzzle-loading rifles of at least .38 caliber; OR singleshot, breech loading, metallic-cartridge rifles (.35 caliber or larger) and replicas, reproductions, or reintroductions of those type rifles with an exposed hammer; OR single- or double-barreled, muzzle-loading shotguns, with single ball or slug. All muzzle-loading primitive firearms must use black powder or a black powder substitute with percussion caps, #209 shotgun primers, or flintlock ignition. “Blackpowder substitute” is defined as a substance designed, manufactured, and specifically intended to be used as a propellant in muzzleloading or other black powder firearms, excluding modern smokeless powder. Metallic cartridges may be loaded with either black powder or modern smokeless powder (cartridges purchased at sporting goods stores).

During any open season on deer with primitive weapons after November 30, a person may use any legal weapon of choice including air bows and air guns (pre-charged pneumatic weapons) on private lands only, if the person is the title owner of the land; the lessee of the hunting rights on the land; a member of a hunting club leasing the hunting rights on the land; or a guest of a person specified above. If the person is required to have a hunting license, the person must have a primitive weapon license, Sportsman’s License or a Lifetime Sportsman’s License.

Gun

There are no caliber or magazine capacity restrictions on firearms. Archery and primitive firearms may be used during Gun seasons

Turkey

Turkey Game Type

Fall Turkey

Fall turkey season is open BY PERMIT ONLY from October 15-November 15 on private lands in the following counties or portions of counties where the landowner/leaseholder completes a fall turkey hunting application to the MDWFP Jackson Office and receives tags. The fall season bag limit is two (2) turkeys, which may be of either sex.

Bag Limits (Spring Turkey)

One (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.

Non-Residents & Public Land

Non-residents cannot hunt any public land in Mississippi between March 15-28 unless drawn for either a Non-resident Public Lands Turkey Permit or WMA Draw Hunt. See www.mdwfp.com/turkey for application dates and more information.

Small Game

Small Game

Fall Squirrel – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 8

Shooting Hours

Legal shooting hours for resident game are one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to onehalf (1/2) hour after sunset.

Spring Squirrel – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 4

Rabbit – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 8

Bob-White Quail – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 8

Frog – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 25/night

Raccoon – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 1 per party/night

Oppossum, Raccoon, & Bobcat

Daily Bag Limit:

  • Oct. 1 – Oct. 31 (Food and sport) 5/day; 8/party
  • Nov. 1 – Feb. 28 (Food, sport, and pelt) no limit

Waterfowl

Waterfowl

Shooting Hours

Legal shooting hours for migratory birds are one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to sunset.

Non-Toxic Shot

Non-toxic shot is required for waterfowl and coot hunting in all areas of Mississippi. Hunters MAY NOT have lead shot in their possession while waterfowl and coot hunting.

Canada Geese – Bag Limit

Daily limit 5, possession limit 15.

Brant – Bag Limit

Daily limit 1, possession limit 3.

White-Fronted Geese – Bag Limit

Daily limit 3, possession limit 9.

Snow, Blue & Ross’ Geese – Bag Limit

Daily limit 20, no possession limit will be in effect.

Early Teal Season – Bag Limit

Daily limit 6, possession limit 18. All teal species are legal for harvest

Gallinules (Common & Purple) – Bag Limit

Daily limit 15 singly or in aggregate, possession limit 45 singly or in aggregate.

Ducks – Bag Limit

  • A total daily bag limit of 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, 1 mottled duck, and 2 black ducks.
  • The daily bag limit for scaup is 1 scaup per day Nov. 25 – 27, Dec. 2 – 4, and Dec. 9 – 17; and is 2 scaup per day Dec. 18 – Jan. 31.
  • Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Margansers – Bag Limit

A total daily bag limit of 5, only 2 may be hooded mergansers. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit

Coots – Bag Limit

Daily limit is 15 per day. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Furbearers

Furbearers

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Opossum – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit:

  • Oct. 1 – Oct. 31 (Food and sport) 5/day; 8/party
  • Nov. 1 – Feb. 28 (Food, sport, and pelt) no limit

Raccoon – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit:

  • Oct. 1 – Oct. 31 (Food and sport) 5/day; 8/party
  • Nov. 1 – Feb. 28 (Food, sport, and pelt) no limit

Bobcat – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit:

  • Oct. 1 – Oct. 31 (Food and sport) 5/day; 8/party 
  • Nov. 1 – Feb. 28 (Food, sport, and pelt) no limit

Coyote, Beaver, & Nutria – Bag Limit

No Limit

Wild Hog – Bag Limit

Wild hogs are classified as nuisance animals and hunters are encouraged to kill them at any lawful opportunity. Wild hogs may be killed during any open WMA hunting season with weapons and ammunition legal for that season

Migratory Birds

Dove

Shooting Hours

Legal shooting hours for migratory birds are one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to sunset.

White Winged & Mourning Doves – Bag Limit

North & South Zone: Daily Bag Limit- 15 singly or in aggregate Posession Limit- 45 singly or in aggregate

Rails (Sora & Virgina) – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 25 singly or in aggregate Possession Limit: 75 singly or in aggregate

Rails (Clapper & King) – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15 singly or in aggregate Possession Limit: 45 singly or in aggregate

Crow – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: No limit Possession Limit: No limit

Snipe – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 8 Possession Limit: 24

Woodcock – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 3 Possession Limit: 9

Alligator

Alligator

Bag Limit (Public Land)

Each person receiving an Alligator Possession Permit will be allowed to harvest two (2) alligators four (4) feet in length or longer, only one (1) of which may exceed seven (7) feet in length.

Bag Limit (Private Land)

  1. Each PLAHV together with a PLAPP possessed by a person allows the harvest of two (2) alligators four (4) feet in length or longer.
  2. Only one (1) alligator may exceed seven (7) feet in total length per permit.
  3. All alligators must be pursued/hunted/taken from the property registered by the permitted landowner.
  4. No alligators may be pursued/hunted/taken from public waters.”

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Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Hunting licenses, permits and regulations can be purchased on the official web site of Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

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