Youth White-tailed Deer Season Opens November 5 in Mississippi

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November 5–6, 2011 is the dedicated youth weekend for deer hunting in Mississippi. This weekend provides youth under the age of 16 the first opportunity to hunt deer with a gun. “Take a kid, make a memory,” said Justin Thayer, Deer Program Biologist for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. “MDWFP encourages youth deer hunting by providing ample hunting opportunities, weapon of choice, and relaxed antler criteria for youth in hopes of getting more youth involved in the outdoors,” says Thayer.

While the November 5-6th weekend is dedicated to youth, expanded youth opportunities exist during any of Mississippi’s primitive weapon seasons by allowing youth to use any rifle. Also, a new regulation is in place which specifies that three of the youth’s three buck bag limit may be any antlered buck regardless of antler size.

The youth deer seasons are open on private and authorized state and federal lands. Furthermore, there are youth hunts on all MDWFP Wildlife Management Areas that allow deer hunting.

While all youth under age 16 are not required to purchase a hunting license, MDWFP strongly encourages all youth to complete a hunter education course before hunting. All youth between the ages of 12 and 15 must complete a hunter education class before hunting alone. It is also important to remember that when hunting deer during any primitive weapon or gun season for deer, all deer hunters must wear in full view at least five hundred (500) square inches of solid unbroken fluorescent orange. This requirement does not apply while hunters are in a fully enclosed deer stand.

For more information regarding youth hunting opportunities, hunting regulations, and hunter education classes, visit us online at or call 601-432-2400.


Retired2hunt's picture

  I think these youth hunts


I think these youth hunts prior to the normal season are a great opportunity for them to be successful with a harvest and more importantly in becoming an avid hunter in their adult lives.  I do like that the state requires the hunter certification if they want to hunt alone as that definitely promotes a safer environment. 

Ca_Vermonster's picture

It's great to see this time

It's great to see this time of year, when all of these youth seasons start taking place.  As the article says, it's all about making memories.  And I like the fact that, like Vermont, they do not have to abide by the antler restrictions in Mississippi.

Hopefully we will see some successful hunts out of these places over the next week or 2.