Deer Hunting in Mississippi

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  • B
  • 2,000,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 176,728

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $25 and Up

    All game hunting license is $25. A $14 permit is required for archery, primitive weapon or crossbow during certain special seasons. A WMA permit is $15.

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $300 and Up

    All game annual hunting license and deer permit is $300. A $75 permit is required for archery, primitive weapon or crossbow during certain special seasons. A WMA permit is $30. There are three-day and seven-day licenses available, but check regulations for applicable use.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 184 6/8"

    Taken by James L. Saunders in Adams County in 2011.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 109

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 295 6/8"

    Taken in Winston County by Tony Fulton in 1995. It's ranked No. 7 all-time.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 70

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Mississippi has come on strong in the last few years. (Bruce McQueen photo)

Season Dates (2018):

Mississippi is divided into five hunting zones and season dates vary between zones and for different hunting methods.

Delta / Northeast / East Central / Southwest

  • Archery: Oct. 1 to Nov. 16 (Either sex on private and open public land.)
  • Youth Gun (15 and under): Nov. 3 to Jan. 31 (Either sex on private and authorized state and federal lands. Legal bucks only after Nov. 17 on authorized state and federal lands.)
  • Antlerless Primitive Weapon: Nov. 5 to 16 (Antlerless deer only on private lands.)
  • Gun (with dogs): Nov. 17 to Dec. 1 (Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land.)
  • Primitive Weapon: Dec. 2 to 15 (Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.)
  • Gun (without dogs): Dec. 16 to 23 (Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land.)
  • Gun (with dogs): Dec. 24 to Jan. 16 (Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land.)
  • Archery/Primitive Weapon: Jan. 17 to 31 (Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.)

Southeast

  • Archery: Oct. 15 to Nov. 16 (Either sex on private and open public land.)
  • Youth Gun (15 and under): Nov. 3 to Feb. 15 (Either sex on private and authorized state and federal lands. Legal bucks only after Nov. 17 on authorized state and federal lands. 
  • Gun (with dogs): Nov. 17 to Dec. 1 (Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land.
  • Primitive Weapon: Dec. 2 to 15 (Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.)
  • Gun (without dogs): Dec. 16 to 23 (Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land.)
  • Gun (with dogs): Dec. 24 to Jan. 16 (Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land.)
  • Archery/Primitive Weapon: Jan. 17 to 31 (Either 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 Weapon: Feb. 1 to 15  (Legal bucks only on private and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.)

There are a lot of variables such as hunting with dogs or without and stipulations on either sex vs. antlered only harvests, so check specific regulations for individual zones. These are the dates set when published. Please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: B

Mississippi has a lot of deer and success runs quite high for hunters. The ratio of deer to hunters is extremely favorable and not only that, there is a very high percentage of older-age-class deer roaming the Magnolia State. According to Kamen Campbell of the MWFP, a recent report indicated Mississippi ranks No. 1 in the nation for the percentage of 3 1/2-year-old and older bucks in the harvest. Some 74 percent of the harvest is over 3 1/2 years old. That is an incredible stat.

The state also has approximately 2 million acres of public land available. Most of that is under the Forest Service. Around 700,000 acres are WMA land. At the end of the day, Mississippi has the goods and was an easy A up until this year. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was found in the state in a 4 1/2-year-old whitetail buck. The buck has sense provoked extensive precautions and testing.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Mississippi has logged 179 trophy bucks in Boone and Crockett and there have been plenty of other quality animals taken that either fell a little short or simply didn’t get measured and entered. The more fertile regions of the state tend to produce quality deer at a higher rate. The best soils in the state are found in the Batture and Delta regions, followed by Loess and Blackland Prairie. There are excellent opportunities for quality bucks through the WMA draw hunts on properties such as Black Prairie, Canemount, Charles Ray Nix, Great River Road, Mahannah, Natchez State Park and Twin Oaks. Others to consider include Copiah County, Lake George, O’Keefe and Sunflower.

 


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Mississippi Harvests

  • Layla Hall

    Carrollton, Mississippi

  • John Mark Skinner

    New Albany, Mississippi

From the Realtree Trophy Den