Thursday, November 25, 2010
Deer season opens
Mississippi’s white-tailed deer hunting season with guns opened November 20 and runs through December 1.
Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include either sex on private land and legal bucks on open public land.
The bag limit on antlered buck deer is one buck per day, not to exceed three per license year, in all three Deer Management Zones in the state. Legal bucks must meet the antler criteria within the appropriate deer management zone.
For youth 15 years of age and younger, hunting on private lands and authorized state and federal lands, one of the three buck limit may be any antlered deer regardless of number of points, inside spread, or beam length. The bag limit on antlerless deer is one per day not to exceed five per license year. It is illegal to harm or kill a spotted fawn at any time.
Hunters are urged to practice good hunter ethics and follow all safety rules to avoid hunting and firearm related accidents. When hunting deer during any gun season on deer, a hunter must wear in full view at least five hundred square inches of solid, unbroken, fluorescent orange. This requirement does not apply to a hunter while the hunter is in a fully enclosed deer stand.
All persons born on or after January 1, 1972, are required to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license.
Each resident of Mississippi ages 16 through 64, must obtain a hunting license, except while hunting on lands titled in his/her name. Any resident 65 or older, or any resident otherwise exempt from obtaining a hunting license, must have documentation with him/her at all times while hunting.
All non-resident hunters, except minors under the age of 16, are required to obtain a hunting license while hunting in the State of Mississippi. In addition to any required hunting license, purchase of a Wildlife Management Area User Permit is required prior to hunting on any Wildlife Management Area. Other public lands may require permits to hunt.
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