Mississippi proposes dates for 2021-22 hunting seasons

Most of Mississippi’s 2021-22 hunting seasons, including migratory bird seasons, were proposed at the April meeting of the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, with final approval expected at a meeting in late May.

The proposals include no major changes for deer season.

Archery: Open on Oct. 1 in all but the Southeast Zone where it will open on Oct. 15, and will end on Nov. 19. Archery equipment is allowed during all open deer seasons.

Youth: Opens Nov. 6 statewide and ends Jan. 31 in all zones except the Southeast Zone, where it ends Feb. 15. Youth aged 15 and under are allowed to take antlerless deer up to the season limit, and there is no antler restrictions on legal bucks.

Early primitive weapon (antlerless deer only): In all but the Southeast Zone, this season opens on Nov. 8 and ends Nov. 19.

Gun, with dog: Nov. 20-Dec. 1 statewide.

Primitive weapon: Dec. 2-Dec. 15 statewide, but weapon of choice permitted on private land.

Gun, without dog: Dec. 16-Dec. 23 statewide.

Gun, with dog: Dec. 24-Jan. 19 statewide.

Archery/primitive weapon: Dec. 20-Jan. 31, statewide, weapon of choice permitted on private land. In Southeast Zone, the extended season continues Feb. 1-Feb. 15 for antlered bucks only during this period; weapon of choice permitted on private land.

Small game seasons are statutory and remain unchanged except by calendar dates.

Migratory bird seasons include

Dove, North Zone: Noon, Sept. 4-Oct. 17; Oct. 30-Nov. 30; and Dec. 25-Jan. 9.

Dove, South Zone: Noon, Sept. 4-Sept. 19; Oct. 9-Nov. 7; and Dec. 19-Jan. 31.

Duck: Nov. 26-28; Dec. 3-5; and Dec. 9-Jan. 31.

Duck, for youth, veterans and active military: Feb. 5-6.

Early teal: Sept. 11-26.

Early Canada goose: Sept.1-Sept. 30.

Regular goose: Nov. 12-28; Dec. 3-5; and Dec. 9-Jan. 31.

Gallinule and rail: Sept. 1-Oct. 3; and Nov. 26-Jan. 1.

Snipe: Nov. 14-Feb. 28.

Woodcock: Dec. 18-Jan. 31.

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