Turkey Hunting in Mississippi

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  • B
  • 225,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 40,000

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • Varies.

    Day limit and annual hunting options.

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • Varies.

    Day limit and annual hunting options.

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Mississippi has a no-jake rule. Only gobblers with 6-inch or longer beards are legal.

Youth hunting laws are more open. The current regulation permits hunters 15 years old (and younger) to take one gobbler of choice (any age) per day, three per spring season.

Once an "A state" population-wise, Mississippi's turkeys have been on the decline since 2005 due to poor hatches, and habitat challenges, which means fewer gobblers to hunt.

If you travel to hunt turkeys the way some of us do, cost is surely a factor. The license fees almost dropped our Mississippi grade down to a C.

Read the fine print though as you prepare to purchase licenses, and you may save some money. Charges include agent and processing fees. 

As with other turkey hunting states around the country, Mississippi does offer multiple options for limited days and annual licenses.

Separate fall and spring turkey hunting permits must be purchased, too. Again, study up. Plan accordingly.

Cost for non-residents aside, Mississippi is a classic place to hunt the Eastern subspecies of wild turkey.

Turkey Region 4 in southwestern Mississippi traditionally sees the biggest turkey numbers, with Wilkinson, Adams, Jefferson, Claiborne, Amite, Franklin, Copiah and Lincoln Counties leading the way.

As the MDWFP states on its website: 

Wild turkeys can be found across a variety of different habitat types within Mississippi.  However, they do depend upon specific habitat types at different times throughout the year, and the lack of these components can limit turkey populations within a given area.

The following articles are meant to inform landowners and managers about the requirements that turkeys have in regards to habitat, and ways in which these needs can be addressed on-the-ground.

Go here for more on Mississippi wild turkey habitat and management.

Turkey Hunting in Mississippi (c) Tes Randle Jolly photo

Mississippi also has decent public land hunting in its Wildlife Management Areas, and a vast National Forest system, including the DeSoto, Homochito, Delta and Tombigbee.

As with Florida, Georgia, and some of the other states opening in March, it's always on the minds of northern turkey hunters looking for an early fix.

Then again, some other southern states cost less to hunt. You decide.

Fun Fact: According to state officials, Monty Roberts killed a Mississippi longbeard – something of an understatement in this case – in Monroe County on April 30, 2001. The trophy beard measured 17.25 inches. That's one serious rope, folks.

– Steve Hickoff

More on Mississippi turkey hunting.

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