Mississippi’s 2013 – 2014 rabbit hunting season opens October 12, 2013 and closes February 28, 2014. The bag limit is 8 per day. Rabbit hunting is a fun and exciting way to spend time with family and friends and is great way to introduce new people to hunting.
Areas with an ample mixture of grasses, legumes, other broadleaf plants, and low brushy cover typically produce the greatest number of rabbits. “It is difficult to predict what rabbit populations will be, but we expect them to be mostly abundant where cover is suitable,” said Rick Hamrick, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Small Game Program Biologist. “Rabbit Observations through the summer appear similar to last year. With the abundant rainfall we had this summer, vegetation conditions that provide cover and food should be good in areas where rabbits thrive. Those factors should have contributed to good survival and reproduction this year.”
Dave Godwin, MDWFP Small Game Program Coordinator, adds, “Rabbit hunting is a fun and exciting activity, especially for young hunters. However, safety is always the first priority. Make sure less experienced hunters are closely supervised and have a safe zone of fire before shooting, particularly when other hunters and dogs are involved in the hunt.”