Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
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. Because of all of the data required to set migratory bird seasons and because of the rule making processes, we typically will not know what the early migratory bird season frameworks (teal, rail, dove, etc) will be until late July. Furthermore, we do not know what the late migratory bird season frameworks (duck, coot, goose, etc) will be until late August or September. Immediatley after the season dates are set by the Commission, they will be posted Here and distributed to various media outlets. If you want to learn more about all of the efforts that go into setting waterfowl seasons, check out the FLYWAYS.US website.
License Requirements for Waterfowl Hunting
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.
Where to Hunt
Mississippi offers numerous waterfowl hunting opportunities. From state, federal, and privately owned lands managed intensively for waterfowl to the various public waterways throughout the state, there is surely a waterfowl hunting opportunity located within a reasonable drive of most Mississippians. Each of these areas are subject to their own rules and regulations. The links below should help you learn the rules and regulations for public waterfowl hunting on an area near you.
- MDWFP Wildlife Management Areas
- USFWS Refuges in Mississippi
- U.S. Corps of Engineers Lakes
- Ross Barnett Reservoir
- Tenn Tom Waterway
- Public Waterway Map and Law
- Public Waterway Article
- Reciprocal License Agreements
- Arkansas Reciprocal License Agreement
- Louisiana Reciprocal License Agreement
The following links should help you stay legal while waterfowl hunting in Mississippi and elsewhere.