2016-2017 MS Hunting Seasons

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This information was copied from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Website.  It could and may change.   It is up to you the hunter, to verify the legalities of seasons for yourself. This is used as a REFERENCE only.

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2016-2017  HUNTING SEASONS

White-Tailed Deer

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Hill Zone
Private land open public lands east of I-55 and north of I-20 plus areas south of I-20 and east of U.S. Highway 61, excluding areas south of U.S. Highway 84 and east of MS Highway 35.

SouthEast Zone
Private land open public lands south of U.S. Highway 84 and east of MS Highway 35.

Delta Zone
Private and open public lands west of I-55 and north of I-20 pus areas south of I-20 and west of U.S. Highway 61.

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Bag Limits

Antlered Buck Deer: The bag limit on antlered buck deer is one (1) buck per day, not to exceed three (3) per annual season.
Legal bucks must meet the antler criteria within the appropriate deer management zone. For youth hunters fifteen (15) years of age and younger, hunting on private land and authrorized state and federal lands, all three (3) of the three (3) buck bag limit may be any antlered deer.

Antlerless Deer:
Private Lands: The bag limit on Delta and Hill Zone  antlerless deer is five (5) per annual season.   The bag limit on SouthEast Zone antlerless deer is one (1) per day, three (3) per annual season.
U.S. Forest Service National Forests: The bag limit is one (1) per day, not to exceed three (3) per license year.

 

Legal Weapons

Youth Gun: Youth may carry and use any firearm with which they can safely hunt, and in compliance with other applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

Archery: Longbows, recurves, compound bows, and crossbows. There is no minimum or maximum draw weight. There is no minimum arrow length. Fixed or mechanical broadheads may be used.

Primitive Weapon: 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 single shot, breach loading, metallic cartridge rifles (.35 caliber or larger) and replicas, reproductions, or reproductions 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. “Black Powder substitute” is defined as a substance designed, manufactured, and specifically intended to be used as a propellant in muzzle loading 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). Telescopic sights are allowed while hunting with any primitive firearm during the primitive weapon seasons. During any open season on deer with primitive weapons after November 30, a person may use any legal weapon of choice 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. I the person is required to have a hunting license, the person must have a primitive weapon license, Sportsman’s License, or a Lifetime Sportsman License.

Gun: There are no caliber or magazine capacity restrictions on firearms. Archery and primitive weapons (as defined above) may be used during gun seasons.

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HILL ZONE

Private and open public lands eat of I-55 and north of I-20 plus areas south of I-20 and east of U.S. Hwy. 61, excluding areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy 35. A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 10 inches OR a minimum main beam length of 13 inches.
Method
Season Dates
Legal Deer
ArcheryOct. 1 - Nov. 18Either-Sex on private land and open public land.
Youth GunNov. 5 - Jan. 31Either -Sex on private land and authorized state and federal lands. Youth 15 and under
Early Primitive WeaponsNov. 7 - 18Antlerless Deer Only on private and open public land
Gun (with dogs)Nov. 19 - Dec. 1Either-Sex on private land; Legal Bucks only on open public land
Primitive WeaponDec. 2 - 15Either-Sex on private land and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private
land with appropriate license
Gun (without dogs)Dec. 16 - 23Either-Sex on private land and open public land
Gun (with dogs)Dec. 24 - Jan. 18Either-Sex on private land; Legal bucks only on open public land
Primitive WeaponJan. 19 - 31Either-Sex on private land and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private
land with appropriate license

SouthEast ZONE

Private and open pulbic lands south of U.S. Hwy 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35. A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 10 inches OR a minimum main beam length of 13 inches.
Method
Season Dates
Legal Deer
ArcheryOct. 15 - Nov. 18Either-Sex on private land and open public land
Youth GunNov. 5 - Feb. 15Either-Sex on private land and authorized state and federal lands. Youth 15 and under
Gun (with dogs)Nov. 19 - Dec. 1Either-Sex on private land; Legal Bucks only on open public land
Primitive WeaponDec. 2 - 15Either-Sex on private land and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private
land with appropriate license
Gun (without dogs)Dec. 16 - 23Either-Sex on private land and open public land
Gun (with dogs)Dec. 24 - Jan. 18Either-Sex on private land; Legal Bucks only on open public land
Archery/Primitive WeaponJan. 19 - 31Either-Sex on private land; Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be
used on private land with appropriate license
Archery/Primitive WeaponFeb. 1 - 15Legal Bucks only on private land and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private
land with appropriate license

 

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Delta ZONE

Private and open public lands west of I-55 and north of I-20 plus areas south of I-20 and west of U.S. Hwy. 61. A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 12 inches OR a minimum main beam length of 15 inches.

Method
Season Dates
Legal Deer
ArcheryOct. 1 - Nov. 18Either-Sex on private land and open public land.
Youth GunNov. 5 - Jan. 31Either-Sex on private land and authorized state and federal lands. Youth 15 and under
Early Primitive WeaponsNov. 7 - 18Antlerless Deer Only on private land and open public land
Gun (with dogs)Nov. 19 - Dec. 1Either-Sex on private land; Legal Bucks only on open public land
Primitive WeaponDec. 2 - 15Either-Sex on private land and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private
land with appropriate license
Gun (without dogs)Dec. 16 - 23Antlerless Deer & Legal Bucks on private land and open public land
Gun (with dogs)Dec. 24 - Jan. 18Either-Sex on private land; Legal Bucks only on open public land.
Primitive WeaponJan. 19 - 31Either-Sex on private land and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private
land with appropriate license