Mississippi Considers Changes to 2010-11 Deer Seasons

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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is in full support of HB 1282 and requests your assistance changing the deer season structure in Mississippi. If HB 1282 becomes law, the deer season structure for 2010-2011 would be:

  • Archery October 1 - 31
  • Archery / Crossbow / Primitive Weapon November 1 - 19
  • Gun with Dogs November 20 - December 1
  • Gun without Dogs December 2 - 23
  • Gun with Dogs December 24 - January 19
  • Gun without Dogs January 20 - January 31
  • Archery / Primitive Weapon February 1 - February 15 (Zone 2)

Currently, MS Code §49-7-31 gives exclusive opportunity to archery hunters from October 1 - the Friday prior to Thanksgiving. "This exclusive opportunity was given during a time of deer protection in Mississippi with the goal to provide maximum opportunity without being detrimental to the resource. HB 1282 empowers landowners and hunting clubs to harvest deer earlier in the season with a more efficient weapon," Chad Dacus, Deer Program Coordinator. "This earlier deer harvest is needed on some properties across the state to help reduce deer numbers in areas where there is high crop damage, habitat damage, and out of balance buck-to-doe ratios."

HB1282 is not taking opportunity away from archery hunters. Archery hunters still have 123 days of hunting opportunity because they can choose to hunt with archery equipment during the gun seasons. "This is not a dramatic move in season structure," Larry Castle, Wildlife Bureau Director. "This bill is moving away from exclusive seasons and allowing hunters to decide which weapon they want to use."

If you are in support of HB 1282, contact your local representative or senator at (601) 359-3770. For a list of representatives and senators visit http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks agency representatives will be guests on the following MS Network shows to discuss hunting regulations and House Bill 1282 which deals with deer season dates.

  • Thursday, January 28, 2010, 5:05 pm On Deadline with Sid Salter
  • Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:00 pm MS Outdoors Radio Show
  • Friday, January 29, 2010, 11:00 am The JT & Dave Show
  • Monday, February 1, 2010, 7:00 am The Gallo Show
  • For answers to your questions, call in toll free 888.808.8637 or 601.952.0986.

    For station information, go to http://www.supertalk.fm.