Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
January 2018
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January Hunting Seasons
Deer Seasons

Gun season for deer (with dogs) continues in all hunting zones until January 17. During gun season there are no caliber or magazine capacity restrictions on firearms. Primitive weapons (as defined above) and archery equipment may be used during gun seasons.
Archery/Primitive weapon season begins in all hunting zones January 18 and concludes  January 31 in the Delta, Northeast, East Central, and Southeast Zones. The season will conclude February 15 in the Southeast Zone.

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 authorized 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 Northeast, Delta, East Central, and Southwest Zones antlerless deer is three (3) per annual season. The bag limit on Southeast Zone antlerless deer is one (1) per day, two (2) per annual season.

U.S. Forest Service National Forests: The bag limit is one (1) per day, not to exceed three (3)  per annual season except in the Southeast Zone which is two (2) per annual season.

Small Game Seasons

Migratory Bird Seasons

  • **(Dove North Zone) Areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35.
  • ***(Dove South Zone) Areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.
  • ****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), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, 2 canvasbacks, 1 mottled duck, 2 black ducks, and 1 pintail.
  • The merganser daily bag limit is a total of 5 mergansers, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. The coot daily bag limit is a total of 15 coots. 
  • The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers, and coots.
  • Shooting hours for all migratory game birds are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except for the Light Goose Conservation Order (see below).
  • *****The Light Goose Conservation Order is a special opportunity designed to reduce the population of overpopulated snow, blue, and Ross's geese when no other waterfowl seasons are open. This order allows for expanded methods of take that are not allowed during regular waterfowl seasons. 
  • To participate in the Light Goose Conservation Order, hunters need a valid Mississippi hunting license, state waterfowl stamp, and a free Light Goose Conservation Order permit number. Hunters can obtain the permit number by visiting www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl. 
  • Light Goose Conservation Order Methods: Shooting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Only snow, blue, and Ross's geese are eligible for harvest. The use of electronic calls is allowed. The use of unplugged shotguns is allowed. There is no daily or possession limit for snow, blue, or Ross's geese. Hunters must use non-toxic shot. Hunters must possess a Mississippi hunting license and a Mississippi state waterfowl stamp. Hunters do not need a federal waterfowl stamp.
Rules to Prevent Chronic Wasting Disease Affect Deer Carcass Importation
Mississippians traveling out of state to hunt big game need to be aware of rules affecting the transport of their trophy. On May 2016, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks passed 40 Miss. Admin Code, Part 2, Rule 2.7 Prohibition on Cervid Carcass Importation, to Protect Mississippi from Chronic Wasting Disease. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease that affects cervids and has been found in 24 states and 3 foreign countries. A cervid is a member of the deer family and includes white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, red deer, sika deer, and fallow deer. 

Rule 2.7 states that it is unlawful to import, transport, or possess any portion of a cervid carcass originating from any state, territory, or foreign country where the occurrence of CWD has been confirmed by either the state wildlife agency, state agriculture agency, state veterinarian, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
This rule shall not apply to the importation of:
  • Meat from cervids that has been completely deboned
  • Antlers, antlers attached to cleaned skull plates, or cleaned skulls where no tissue is attached to the skull
  • Cleaned teeth
  • Finished taxidermy and antler products
  • Hides and tanned products
  • Any portions of white-tailed deer originating from the land between the Mississippi River levees in Arkansas
CWD has been confirmed in the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Additionally, Canada (provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan), Norway, and South Korea are CWD positive. CWD has not been found in Mississippi.

Turkey Draw Hunt Opportunities 
Apply January 15 - February 15

MDWFP will accept applications January 15 - February 15 for Wildlife Management Area permitted turkey hunts.  All applicants must apply at www.mdwfp.com/draws and have a valid WMA User Permit to apply.  WMA User Permits are available for purchase at  www.mdwfp.com  or may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

Participating WMAs include  Bienville,  Black Prairie,  Canal Section/John Bell Williams,  Caney Creek, Canemount,  Caston Creek,  Copiah County,  Leaf River,  Malmaison,  Sandy Creek,  Sunflower,  Tallahala,  Twin Oaks,  Upper Sardis,  Ward Bayou, and  Yockanookany. 

Youth-permitted hunts will take place on Canemount, Charles Ray Nix, Natchez State Park, Sardis Waterfowl, and Sunflower.

Weekly Waterfowl Reports

MDWFP's Waterfowl Program provides Weekly Waterfowl Reports to keep waterfowl hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts updated on waterfowl happenings throughout the winter. Information on the previous week's waterfowl movements and distributions, migration weather, and hunting reports from public and private lands are a few of the main topics addressed in the reports. 

Weekly Waterfowl Reports are posted (usually Tuesdays or Wednesdays) online at  www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl , and can also be found via MDWFP's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Waterfowl Draw Hunt Opportunities 
Apply Now

The fifth and final round of waterfowl draw hunt applications ends January 8.  Participating WMAs include Charlie Capps, Howard Miller, William C. "Billy" Deviney, Mahannah, Muscadine Farms, Trim Cane, and Tuscumbia. There will also be a youth-only waterfowl draw hunt at Pearl River WMA.

State Lake Annual Permits
Online Purchases

Annual permits for state lakes can now be purchased online. Disabled and senior anglers eligible for exempt permits must purchase their permits in person at MDWFP locations around the state. 
Freshwater Fish Poster
Pick One Up Today

Show your love for fishing with this educational poster from the MDWFP Fisheries Bureau. This poster showcases many of the freshwater species that are common to Mississippi.

Pick one up for free at an MDWFP location near you, including state fishing lakes, state parks, regional offices, and MDWFP headquarters in Jackson.
2018 Youth Squirrel Hunt

MDWFP is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host youth squirrel hunts across Mississippi during the month of February. These free hunts are designed to introduce youth (ages 10-15)  to small game hunting and conservation. 

These free hunts will be supervised by MDWFP personnel. All guns, ammo, and equipment will be provided. Prior hunting experience NOT required.
2017-2018 "Hunter's Special" Lodging
At Select Mississippi State Parks
Select Mississippi State Parks offer discounted lodging rates to sportsmen during the hunting season. Many of our parks are conveniently located near Wildlife Management Areas and National Wildlife Refuges, providing an affordable hunting camp experience.  Discounted lodging rates will be offered to hunters October 2017 through February 2018.

Special Rates:
  • Cabin that sleeps 4 or less - $50 / night
  • Standard RV sites - $14 / night
Participating State Parks:
  • Clarkco
  • George P. Cossar
  • Hugh White
  • J. P. Coleman
  • John W. Kyle
  • Lake Lincoln
  • Lake Lowndes
  • Legion
  • Leroy Percy
  • Roosevelt
  • Tombigbee
  • Trace
  • Wall Doxey
Discounted rates will be applied for reservations made at qualifying Mississippi State Parks. Hunters must show a valid Mississippi hunting license to qualify for the discounted rate. For reservations made via 1-800-GO-PARKS or MDWFP.com, a refund for the discounted amount will be issued upon arrival (with proof of a valid Mississippi hunting license).  
Family Fun Science Night
At MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science

Want to learn more about science as a family? Join us at MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science to experience science in fun, hands-on ways.  Play with r obots, meet Mississippi wildlife, conduct experiments, and develop your mind with crazy brain teasers Bessi Roos food truck will be selling food during the event. 

This is a great way for families with elementary and middle school-aged children to begin the new year.  If you have ever wanted to learn more about supporting your child's interest in the sciences, this event is for you.  The cost is $6 per adult, $4 per child, under three are free and Museum Members are free with current membership. For more information, call (601) 576-6000.  
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