Mississippi Youth Turkey Season Opened March 6th

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The 2010 Spring turkey season opened in Mississippi on Saturday, March 6th for youth hunters 15 years of age and younger. This special Youth Season will run through March 12th, and is open on private lands and authorized state and federal public lands. The regular Spring turkey season for all hunters begins March 13th and closes May 2nd.

Bag limits are 1 adult gobbler or gobbler with a 6 inch or longer beard per day, not to exceed 3 per season. An adult gobbler is defined as a gobbler with at least one of the following characteristics: (1) a tail fan that has an unbroken, rounded contour to the outer perimeter of the tail feathers, (2) spurs at least ½ inch long, or (3) a beard at least 6 inches long. Additionally, for Youth hunters, one of the 3-bird bag limit (which includes the youth season and regular season combined) may be any gobbler regardless of beard length.

The Spring season is closed in the following counties or parts thereof:

  • · Coahoma – West of Hwy 61, east of Hwy 1, north of Eagles Nest-Friars Point Rd., and south of Coahoma-Friars Point Rd.
  • · Leflore – West of Hwy 7 and Hwy 49E, and North of Moorehead Rd. and South of Hwy 442.
  • · Quitman – entire county.
  • · Sunflower – South of Hwy 422 and East of Hwy 3 and Hwy 49W, and North of Berclair Rd.

To participate in the Spring season, each resident of Mississippi, ages sixteen through sixty-four, must obtain a hunting license, except while hunting on lands titled in his/her name. All persons born on or after January 1, 1972 are required to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license. Any resident sixty-five or older, or any resident otherwise exempt from obtaining a hunting license, must have documentation with him/her at all times while hunting. All non-resident hunters, except minors under the age of sixteen, are required to obtain a hunting license while hunting in the State of Mississippi. In addition to any required hunting license, purchase of a Wildlife Management Area User Permit is required prior to hunting on any Wildlife Management Area. Hunters that wish to hunt on Wildlife Management Areas are urged to check the area-specific regulations before going afield. Season dates and bag limits on some Wildlife Management Areas may differ from the statewide framework. Hunting on many Wildlife Management Areas is by permit only during the first two weeks of the season; some areas are permit-only throughout the entire season. Other public lands may also require special permits.

Officials with the MDWFP expect that Mississippi sportsmen should anticipate the 2010 season to mirror what they experienced in 2009. "Two-year old birds make or break the season for most hunters, and brood data from ’08 and jake observation data from '09 both suggest that numbers two-year old gobblers in the population should be about the same as they were last year", says MDWFP Wild Turkey Program biologist Adam Butler. Hunters should also expect populations to vary by region, with this year's hotspots being found in the East-Central and Southwestern portions of the state.