EDITOR’S NOTE: Hunters who bag a large deer are encouraged to bring a photo of their buck to the Chickasaw Journal offices at 225 East Madison Street in Downtown Houston. We will run the photo in the paper free of charge.
Special to the Chickasaw Journal
Hunters have been looking forward to the opening day of the 2013 – 2014 Mississippi deer hunting season.
Archery season opened on Oct. 1 in the Hill and Delta Zones and opens on Oct. 15 in the Southeast Zone.
Hunters need to be aware that the archery season opening date for the Southeast Zone listed in the 2013 – 2014 Mississippi Outdoor Digest is incorrect.
New this year during archery season is the addition of crossbows as legal archery equipment. Longbows, recurves, compound bows, and crossbows are all legal archery equipment and can be used during all deer hunting seasons. There is no minimum draw weight, maximum draw weight, or minimum arrow length requirements; fixed or mechanical broadheads may be used.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants to remind all Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunters that they are required to wear a full-body harness (fall-arrest system) while climbing a tree, installing a tree stand that uses climbing aids, or while hunting from a tree stand on a WMA. While required only on WMAs, and Pearl River Valley water supply district lands, the MDWFP urges all hunters to wear and know how to properly use a full-body harness while hunting from an elevated position. Hunters should take time before the hunt to ensure that all safety equipment is working properly. Remember, the most important part of the hunt is making it home.
For more information regarding deer or deer hunting opportunities in Mississippi, go to www.mdwfp.com/deer.