Mississippi Hunting Seasons, 2018 – 2019

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Looking for a hunting adventure? Mississippi Hunting Seasons offers every hunter an unforgettable opportunity to catch animals in its scenic woods and explore numerous hunting areas.

If you're one of those hunters interested in experiencing one of the best hunting seasons, then you're on the right path because the state of Mississippi offers just that. You can enjoy hunting a white-tailed deer, wild turkey and waterfowl which can be found in huge numbers. Also, there's a lot of small game species such as raccoon, squirrel, rabbits and many others.

This magnificent piece of land consists of more than 1000 square miles of land open for public hunting that is organized in 53 wildlife management areas. Of course, there are private lands or commercial outfitters where you can also enjoy a once in a lifetime hunting experience.


Mississippi Hunting Seasons and All Available Games

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#1. Mississippi Deer Seasons



Bag Limit

Youth Gun

November 3 – January 31

*Bag limit – Either Sex on private land. Legal bucks on open public land.


November 17 – December 1

December 16 – 23


24 – January 16


*October 1 – November 16

Primitive Weapon

November 5 – 16

January 17 - 31

*NOTE: Season dates may vary by zone and bag limits as well.

#2. Mississippi Alligator Seasons

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General Season

August 31 – September 10

#3. Mississippi Wild Turkey Seasons



Bag Limit

Spring General Season

March 15 – May 1

Bag limit – 1 adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6 inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring season

Fall General Season

October 15 – November 15

Bag limit – 2 turkeys either sex

#4. Mississippi Small Game Seasons



Bag Limit

Bobwhite Quail

November 22 – March 2

Daily bag limit - 8


October 13 – February 28


July 1 – September 30

Daily bag limit – 1 per party/night


October 1 – 31

November 1 – February 28

Daily bag limit – 5/day; 8/Party
No Limit


Spring Squirrel

May 15 – June 1

Daily bag limit - 4

Fall Squirrel

October 1 – February 28

Daily bag limit - 8

Youth Squirrel

September 24 - 30

Daily bag limit - 8

License Requirements

Who needs a license in Mississippi? All residents and non-residents from 16 to 64 years old need to obtain a hunting license, except while hunting on their lands.

Hunters who are under 16 years old need to purchase the Youth Under 16 License to be able to hunt all game animals. Senior residents who are 65 and older can obtain a free license which includes all game hunting and fishing.

Mississippi residents who have paraplegia, visually impaired or a multiple-amputee are not required to have a hunting or a fishing license, but they are required to have a proof of their age, residency and disability status while hunting.

All persons who are born on January 1, 1972, need to complete a Hunter Education Course before being able to obtain any license. Persons who are first-time hunters and haven’t taken the education course, and are at least 21 years old can obtain an Apprentice License. You can purchase all the licenses online.

Night Hunting in Mississippi

Night hunting is allowed in Mississippi, but there are few exceptions. You can hunt at night raccoons, opossums, foxes, beaver, coyotes, nutria, and bobcats with or without the use of light. It’s permitted to hunt with dogs, except turkey seasons.

Night vision is allowed by the law of the state of Mississippi.

Where to Hunt in Mississippi?

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Are you looking for a perfect spot for hunting in Mississippi? This state has more than 50 areas for hunting. All Wildlife Management Areas are managed by the state and are open for hunting.

Please check the regulations for every area before planning to hunt because different areas have various regulations. If you follow all regulations and if you prepare for every hunting trip, you will have a pleasant and successful hunt.

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