Mississippi 2019-2020 deer seasons

Delta, Northeast, East Central, Southwest Zones

  • Archery: Oct. 1-Nov. 22 (archery equipment allowed during any open firearm season); either sex on private land open public land and Holly Springs National Forest.
  • Youth: Nov. 9-Nov. 22, either sex on private lands and authorized state and federal lands.
  • Early primitive weapon: Nov. 11-Nov. 22; antlerless deer only, private lands only.
  • Gun, with dogs: Nov. 23-Dec. 1; either sex on private land and Holly Springs National Forest, legal bucks only on open public land.
  • Primitive weapon: Dec. 2-Dec. 15 (weapon of choice allowed on private lands only); either sex on private land, open public land and Holly Springs National Forest; legal bucks only on open public land.
  • Gun, no dogs (still season): Dec. 16-Dec. 23; either sex on private land, open public land and Holly Springs National Forest, legal bucks only on open public land.
  • Gun, with dogs: Dec. 24-Jan. 22; either sex on private land, open public land and Holly Springs National Forest, legal bucks only on open public land.
  • Archery/primitive weapon: Jan. 23-Jan. 31 (weapon of choice allowed on private land); either sex on private land, open public land and Holly Springs National Forest, legal bucks only on open public land.

Southeast Zone

  • Archery: Oct. 15-Nov. 22 (archery equipment allowed during any open firearm season); either sex on private and open public land.
  • Youth: Nov. 9-Nov. 22; either sex on private lands; and authorized state and federal lands.
  • Gun, with dogs: Nov. 23-Dec. 1; either sex on private land, legal bucks only on open public land.
  • Primitive weapon: Dec. 2-Dec. 15 (weapon of choice allowed on private lands only); either sex on private land and open public land.
  • Gun, no dogs (still season): Dec. 16-Dec. 23; either sex on private land, legal bucks only on open public land.
  • Gun, with dogs: Dec. 24-Jan. 22; either sex on private land, legal bucks only on open public land.
  • Archery/primitive weapon: Jan. 23-Jan. 31 (weapon of choice allowed on private land); either sex on private land, legal bucks only on open public land.
  • Archery/primitive weapon: Feb. 1-Feb. 15 (weapon of choice allowed on private land); legal bucks only.
Manning Moody IV, 13, of Wiggins with a doe he killed last season. It was taken in Leakesville.
Manning Moody IV, 13, of Wiggins with a doe he killed last season. It was taken in Leakesville.

Notes

Youth aged 15 and under can use weapon of choice during any open gun season on deer for the specific area being hunted, and all three of their buck deer allowed during the season may be of any antler size.

Buck limit: One per day and three per season. Of the three in the seasonal limit, one may be of any antler length on private land and Holly Springs National Forest.

Antlerless deer limit private land: In all zones but the Southeast, the seasonal limit is five and there is no daily limit. In the Southeast Zone, the limit is one per day and two per season.

Antlerless deer National Forest Service lands: The limit is one per day, five per season in all zones except the Southeast Zone, where the limit is one per day and two per season.

Legal buck descriptions: In the Delta Zone, to be legal, a buck must have either an inside spread of 12 inches OR a main beam length of at least 15 inches. In all other zones, a buck must have either an inside spread of 10 inches OR a main beam length of at least 13 inches.

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