Thursday, November 6, 2008
Deer season fast approaching
“Mississippi is poised to have another tremendous deer harvest,” is the word coming from deer biologists across the state. Conditions are ideal for another excellent deer harvest, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
Chad Dacus, deer program coordinator, reports that a robust deer population entered an outstanding spring and summer growing season resulting in deer numbers that should excite this year’s hunters. Recent frosts will burn back the browse some but acorns are falling and deer are beginning to move.
“Every day we hear from bow hunters and others that deer activity is picking up,” said Dacus. “Many hunters are seeing early activity in food plots which were planted ahead of recent rains. However, acorns will be the principle deer food as long as they are available.”
In the next few weeks hunters will be busy sighting in rifles, checking stands and making last minute preparations for Mississippi’s gun season which opens for youth hunters in Zone I November 15, and all hunters November 22. Zone I includes all but the coastal and southeastern counties. Consult the Outdoor Digest or visit www.mdwfp.com for exact dates and other information.
“This is a terrific time for new hunters to be introduced to the sport,” said Larry Castle, director of wildlife. “Young hunters, being those under 16 years of age, have a full week of deer hunting before the traditional opening day. They may also use modern rifles during the primitive weapon season. In addition they can shoot one buck with any type antlers as part of a three-buck season limit. This applies statewide to private lands and includes most of our WMAs.”
Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult 21 years of age or older. For older newcomers to hunting, an apprentice license will allow them to hunt for a season prior to completing an approved hunter education course.
Hunting license sales have been brisk in the past few days as hunters prepare for the approaching deer season. Point of sale machines at retail outlets remain the most popular method of purchasing licenses but other methods do exist. Licenses may be purchased by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT or online at www.mdwfp.com. Licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase.
Don’t wait, get the clothes ready, sight the rifle in, double check the safety equipment and head to the woods. For information on hunting anywhere in Mississippi call 601-432-2400.
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