Mississippi DWFP Supports Deer Season Changes

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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) continues its support of HB 1282 as it moves to a vote in the Mississippi State Senate. HB 1282 passed the Mississippi House of Representatives with an overwhelming majority. Now is the time for sportsmen to contact their senator in support of this bill. "We appreciate the support of the sportsmen," MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Chief Larry Castle said. "It's the support of these sportsmen that help us to progress and move forward."

If HB 1282 becomes law, the deer season structure for 2010-11 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)

HB 1282 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. "HB 1282 will empower 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 the deer herd in areas with high numbers of deer vehicle collisions, crop damage, habitat damage, and out of balance sex ratios."

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