No new CWD cases reported

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has sampled nearly 8,000 deer for chronic wasting disease since Oct. 1 and has confirmed 19 cases of the deadly disease.

No new cases of CWD have been confirmed since April, but because of the confirmations found since January 2018, changes have been made in hunting limits and regulations impacting hunters not only in the containment areas but also statewide.

As reported in the June issue of Mississippi Sportsman, antlerless limits have been increased to a season limit of five in all but the Southeast Zone. The Southeast Zone has not had a confirmed case of CWD; however, deer numbers there are lower than the statewide average and antlerless limits there were unchanged.

One change that did affect all hunting zones involves buck limits. The statewide limit remains three; however, one of those three can now be a buck with any size antlers.

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