Seasons and Bag Limits
Migratory bird season dates, season length, and bag limits are
subject to change annually. By Federal law, our migratory
bird seasons may only occur during certain season frameworks.
For example, states in the Mississippi Flyway can set their regular
duck season any time between the Saturday nearest September 24 and
the last Sunday in January. All migratory game bird hunting
seasons and bag limits are selected from Federal frameworks each
spring. Immediatley after the season dates are set by
the Commission, they will be posted here and distributed to
various media outlets. To learn more about all of the efforts
which go into setting waterfowl seasons, check out the FLYWAYS.US
License Requirements for Waterfowl
Waterfowl hunters between the ages of 16 and 65 must have a
minimum of a small game hunting license (Sportsman or All-game
licenses are also valid), Mississippi waterfowl stamp (electronic
or physical), Federal waterfowl stamp (physical stamp), and Harvest
Information Program (HIP) certification. Physical
waterfowl stamps are not valid unless signed in ink. Youth
under the age of 16 are exempt from purchasing a hunting license
and waterfowl stamps, but must be in the presence of a properly
licensed adult while waterfowl hunting. Adult hunters exempt
from purchasing a hunting license are still required to possess
state and Federal waterfowl stamps for waterfowl hunting.
Waterfowl hunters who hunt on state Wildlife Management Areas
(WMAs) must purchase a WMA user permit in addition to their hunting
license and waterfowl stamps. For information on permit
requirements for other public lands (e.g., National Wildlife
Refuges, National Forests, etc.) please contact the agency
responsible for those lands.
The following links should help you stay legal while
waterfowl hunting in Mississippi and elsewhere.