Deer antler criteria and bag limit changes on WMAs - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Deer antler criteria and bag limit changes on WMAs

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -  If you are planning on hunting deer on a Wildlife Management Area this hunting season, you need to be aware of some changes. The antler criteria has changed for multiple WMAs, and generally reflects an increase in minimum main beam and inside spread requirement.

You will need to familiarize yourself with the 2014-2015 regulations for the WMA where you intend to hunt. The new regulations can be found at WMA permit stations and online at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website.

Also new for the 2014-2015 hunting season is a decrease in bag limit for anterless deer. The bag limit for many WMAs across the state will be three legal bucks (one buck per day) and three anterless deer (one per day). However, WMAs that offer permit-only deer hunts may have more restrictive bag limits.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds all WMA hunters that they are required to wear a full-body harness (fall-arrest system) while climbing a tree, installing a tree stand that uses climbing aids, or while hunting from a tree stand on a WMA.

Also, MDWFP will begin accepting applications for waterfowl draw hunts on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) on October 20. Applications must be submitted online at MDWFP website

WMAs offering waterfowl draw hunts are Charlie Capps, Howard Miller, Indianola, Mahannah, Muscadine Farms, Pearl River (youth only), Tuscumbia, and Trim Cane.  Hunters can select the WMA of their choice and assign priority to the dates they wish to hunt.

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