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2015-16 Deer Draw Hunts

Deer Hunts:

  • Hunts at Canemount WMA are open ONLY to Mississippi resident license holders and exempt residents age 16 years of age or older.
  • There will be draw hunts for Archerym Primitive Weapons, and Gun in the 2015-16 season.
  • All hunts will be 3-day hunts (Friday - Sunday or Monday - Wednesday)
    • Archery Hunts: Oct 2 - Nov 4; and Nov 9 - 11
    • Primitive Weapons Hunts: Nov 13 - Dec 9
    • Gun Hunts: Dec 14 - Jan 17
  • Hunters will be selected through a random computer drawing
  • 12 hunters will be selected for each 3-day hunt and randomly assigned to one of 6 designated hunt units
  • Only 2 hunters will be assigned to each clearly marked hunt unit per hunt
  • Applicants MUST have a valid MS Resident Hunting Licence to apply for hunts.
  • Hunters who are drawn must purchase an additional $300 permit for a 3-day hunt.
  • All permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Applications will be accepted from August 3 - 31
  • Hunters must provide a valid e-mail address when applying and will be notified by e-mail if drawn

        Bag Limits / Harvest Criteria:

  • Hunters may harvest 3 antlerless deer and 1 legal buck per hunt, not to exceed the statewide bag limit. 
  • Legal bucks must have an inside spread of at least 16 inches OR one main beam measuring at least 20 inches.

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Youth Deer Hunt:

  • 6 youth hunters will be selected for the 2-day hunt November 7 -8.
  • Hunters will be selected through a random computer drawing.
  • Drawn hunters will be randomly assigned to one Hunt Unit.
  • Each drawn hunter will be able to bring 1 youth hunting guest.
  • Limited draw hunt system open to Mississippi residents fifteen (15) years of age or younger.
  • Each youth hunter must be in the presence and under the direct supervision of a licensed or exempt hunter at least twenty-one (21) years of age when hunting. 
  • A licensed hunter supervising a child must hold a valid Mississippi resident license and a WMA User Permit.
  • Hunters who are drawn must purchase an additional $200 permit for the 2-day hunt.
  • Hunting permits are non-refundabale and non-transferable.
  • Applications will be accepted from August 3 - 31
  • Hunters must provide a valid e-mail address when applying and will be notified by e-mail if drawn

        Bag Limits / Harvest Criteria:

  • Youth hunters may harvest 1 antlerless deer per day (2 per hunt) and 1 buck per hunt. 
  • For hunters 15 years of age or younger any antlered buck is a legal buck.

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Timeline for Deer Hunt Applications:

  • Applications will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, August 3 - Monday, August 31 at midnight.
  • Drawing will take place on Tuesday, September 8.
  • Hunters selected will be notified by email.
  • Permits will go on sale at noon September 8 on mdwfp.com. Permits will be $300 per hunter for a 3-day deer hunts and  $200 per drawn hunter for the 2-day youth hunts.
  • Drawn hunters must make payment by Tuesday, September 15 at 8 a.m.
  • If full payment is not made by September 15 at 8 a.m., hunters will forfeit their permit.
  • A second drawing will be held on September 15 to fill unpurchased permits. 
  • Hunters selected during the second drawing will be notified by email.
  • Hunters selected during the second drawing must make payment by Tuesday, September 22 at 8 a.m.
  • Any permit not purchased by September 22 will be forfeited.  
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