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2016-2017 Mississippi Hunting Season

by Mike Massey on August 25, 2016

DISCLAIMER: This article is not meant to fully disclose all rules and regulations pertaining to these seasons. To read the full details including bag limits, legal deer definition, seasons, open areas and more, visit the MDWFP hunting season publication.

NOTE: seasons are subject to change by MDWFP due to flooding and other causes.  Visit www.mdwfp.com for more information on closures.

2016-2017 White-Tailed Deer Hunting Seasons in Mississippi*

ZoneWeapon TypeOpen DateClose Date
Hill*ArcheryOctober 1, 2016November 18, 2016
Hill*Youth GunNovember 5, 2016January 31, 2017
Hill*Early Primitive WeaponsNovember 7, 2016November 18, 2016
Hill*Gun (with dogs)November 19, 2016December 1, 2016
Hill*Primitive WeaponDecember 2, 2016December 15, 2016
Hill*Gun (without dogs)December 16, 2016December 23, 2016
Hill*Gun (with dogs)December 24, 2016January 18, 2017
Hill*Archery/Primitive WeaponJanuary19, 2017January 31, 2017
Southeast*ArcheryOctober 15, 2016November 18, 2016
Southeast*Youth GunNovember 5, 2016February 15, 2017
Southeast*Gun (with dogs)November 19, 2016December 1, 2016
Southeast*Primitive WeaponDecember 2, 2016December 15, 2016
Southeast*Gun (without dogs)December 16, 2016December 23, 2016
Southeast*Gun (with dogs)December 24, 2016January 18, 2017
Southeast*Archery/Primitive WeaponJanuary 19, 2017January 31, 2017
Southeast*Archery/Primitive WeaponFebruary 1, 2017February 15, 2017
Delta*ArcheryOctober 1, 2016November 18, 2016
Delta*Youth GunNovember 5, 2016January 31, 2017
Delta*Early Primitive WeaponNovember 7, 2016November 18, 2016
Delta*Gun (with dogs)November 19, 2016December 1, 2016
Delta*Primitive WeaponDecember 2, 2016December 15, 2016
Delta*Gun (without dogs)December 16, 2016December 23, 2016
Delta*Gun (with dogs)December 24, 2016January 18, 2017
Delta*Primitive WeaponJanuary 19, 2017January 31, 2017
*limits and regulations apply, see the full MDWFP publication for details.

2016-2017 Turkey Hunting Seasons in Mississippi*

Fall Turkey Season

  • October 15th – November 15th 2016
  • Two turkeys, which may be either sex

Spring Turkey Season

  • March 15th-  May 1st
  • One (1) adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6-inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring season

Youth Spring Turkey Season

  • March 8th – March 14th
  • Hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest 1 gobbler of choice (any age) per day, 3 per Spring season.

*Read full details including bag limits and open areas at https://www.mdwfp.com/media/307502/2016-2017huntingseasons.pdf

Tips for Hunting Clubs

Just before hunting season opens is a good time to check your hunting club property to make sure everything is safe and the equipment is functioning properly. Read our tips for hunting clubs to increase safety of their members and reduce club liability for tips on what to keep an eye out for.

2016-2017 Small Game Hunting Seasons in Mississippi*

*To read the full details including bag limits, legal deer definition, seasons, open areas and more, visit the MDWFP hunting season publication.
SpeciesOpen DateClose DateDaily Bag Limit
Rabbit*October 15, 2016February 28, 20178
Bobwhite Quail*November 24, 2016March 4, 20178
Frog*April 1, 2017September 30. 201725/night
Raccoon*July 1, 2017September 30, 20171 per party/night
Opossum, Raccoon, and Bobcat (food and sport)*October 1, 2016October 31, 20165/day
8/party
Opossum, Raccoon, and Bobcat (food, sport, and pelt)*November 1, 2016February 28, 2017No limit
Trapping*November 1, 2016March 15, 2017No limit

2016-2017 Squirrel Hunting Season in Mississippi*

*On private lands and authorized state and federal lands only in those areas open for squirrel hunting. View the MDFWP Hunting Season publication for full details.
SeasonOpen DateClose DateDaily Bag Limit
Youth SquirrelSeptember 24, 2016September 30, 20168
FallOctober 1, 2016February 28, 20178
SpringMay 15, 2017June 1, 20174

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