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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

White-tailed Deer Season Still Open for Southeast MS Hunters

JACKSON - The white-tailed deer hunting season for most Mississippi hunters came to an end January 31, but that is not the case for southeast Mississippi hunters.  Hunters within the Southeast Deer Management Zone will be able to hunt through February 15 during the open primitive weapon and youth gun seasons.  


Boundary and legal buck definitions for the Southeast Deer Management Zones are as follows:  Private and open public lands south of U.S. Hwy 84 and east of MS Highway 35.  During the Southeast Zone's February seasons, adults are allowed to harvest legal bucks which are defined as having either a minimum inside spread of ten inches or a minimum main beam length of thirteen inches. Youth are allowed to harvest either sex and are not restricted by antler criteria.  The bag limit on legal antlered buck deer is one buck per day, not to exceed three per license year.  The bag limit on antlerless deer is one per day, not to exceed five per license year.  


"Late deer breeding in southeast Mississippi warrants the extended season, and we hope that hunters take advantage of the opportunity during the late season," says Southeast Region Deer Program Biologist Justin Thayer.  "White-tailed deer breeding dates in Mississippi follow a general trend of early December in the northwest to mid-February in the far southeast.  "We've tried to match hunting seasons around those breeding dates so hunters in every part of the state have an opportunity to hunt the rut," says Thayer. 


For more information regarding the Southeast Deer Management Zone, visit us at www.mdwfp.com/deer or call us at (601) 432-2199.  

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