JACKSON – The gun deer season for youth hunters 15 years of age and younger begins November 5 across Mississippi. This season provides youth hunters with the first firearms opportunity at Mississippi’s abundant deer herd this hunting season. Youth may use any firearm. The bag limit on Delta and Hill Zone antlerless deer is five per annual season. The bag limit on Southeast Zone antlerless deer is one per day, three per annual season. Youth may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day not to exceed three bucks for the entire hunting season. Zone-specific spread and main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters.
“The abundant late spring and early summer rains have resulted in above average antler growth and fawn production,” said William McKinley, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Biologist. “We are expecting a better than average season in both number and quality.”
MDWFP wants to remind hunters that starting November 5, all deer hunters, including archery hunters, must wear hunter orange unless they are inside a fully enclosed hunting stand or in a hunting stand that is at least twelve feet above the ground. Additionally, hunters should take time prior to hunting to ensure they have all the proper safety equipment. Deer hunters should have the following: hunter education certification (if required), hunter orange, a full-body harness for tree stands, an emergency signal device such as a whistle or cell phone, a light to walk to and from stand during low light conditions, and a hunting plan that includes notifying someone else about the hunting location.
Information about deer hunting, season dates, and hunting regulations can be found at www.mdwfp.com or in the 2016 – 2017 Mississippi Outdoor Digest. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.