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Youth gun deer season opens November 5

Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Parks, Source: MDWFP website Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Parks, Source: MDWFP website
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The gun deer season for youth hunters, 15-year-old and younger, begins November 5 across Mississippi.  This season provides youth hunters with the first opportunity at Mississippi’s abundant deer herd this hunting season.  

Youth may use any firearm.

There are limits to how many deer can be bagged. Delta and Hill Zone antlerless deer limit is five per annual season. The Southeast Zone antlerless deer is one per day, and three per annual season. Zone-specific spread and main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters. 

“The abundant late spring and early summer rains have resulted in above average antler growth and fawn production,” said William McKinley, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Biologist.  “We are expecting a better than average season in both number and quality.” 

Beginning November 5, according to the MDWFP, all deer hunters, including archery hunters, must wear hunter orange unless they are inside a fully enclosed hunting stand or in a hunting stand that is at least twelve feet above the ground.  Additionally, hunters are also strongly advised ensure they have all the proper safety equipment before their hunt. 

Suggested hunting equipment includes: hunter education certification (if required), hunter orange, a full-body harness for tree stands, an emergency signal device such as a whistle or cell phone, a light to walk to and from stand during low light conditions, and a hunting plan that includes notifying someone else about the hunting location.    

Information about deer hunting, season dates, and hunting regulations can be found here or in the 2016 – 2017 Mississippi Outdoor Digest. You can also find information on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks' Facebook  or on Twitter.

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