Mississippi’s white-tailed deer hunting season with guns opens November 23 and runs through December 1.  Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season.  Legal deer include antlerless deer and legal bucks on private lands and legal bucks on open public lands.

Hunters are urged to practice good hunter ethics and follow all safety rules to avoid hunting and firearm-related accidents.  When hunting deer during any gun season for deer, a hunter must wear in full view at least five hundred square inches of solid, unbroken fluorescent orange.  This requirement does not apply to a hunter while the hunter is in a fully enclosed deer stand.

All persons born on or after January 1, 1972, are required to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license.  Each resident of Mississippi ages 16 to 64, must obtain a hunting license, except while hunting on lands titled in his/her name.  Any resident 65 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 16, 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 can find information about the three Deer Management Zones, season dates, and hunting regulations at www.mdwfp.com/deer or in the 2013-2014 Mississippi Outdoor Digest. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.

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