Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Mississippi’s Early Teal Season Opens September 15
JACKSON - The fall's first duck hunting opportunity for
Mississippi will begin when the early teal season opens on
September 15. Teal season is growing in popularity as hunters
learn how fun it can be to pull out their decoys and calls and
watch blue-winged teal rocket through the air.
Blue-winged teal prefer shallowly-flooded wetlands with
natural vegetation like wild millets and smartweed, which produce
seeds and harbor invertebrates, but concentrations of birds may
also be found on reservoirs, oxbow lakes, catfish ponds, farm
ponds, and other permanent waters. Houston Havens, MWDFP
Waterfowl Program Biologist, explained, "We've already heard a few
reports of the first birds arriving in mid-August, but we expect
larger numbers to arrive in early September. Breeding
populations of blue-winged teal were again at an all-time high this
year, so we hope to see good numbers during the early hunting
Hunters need to be sure theirhunting license is current for
the 2012-13 hunting season, complete with Harvest Information
Program (HIP) certification, and possess state and federal
waterfowl stamps. The bag limit for the September teal season
is 4 per day (all teal species) with no more than 8 in possession.
The season begins on September 15 and ends on September 30.
Shooting hours are from 30 minutes prior to sunrise until
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