The new regulations will provide more liberal antlerless opportunity on private lands and will better manage antlerless opportunity on U.S. Forest Service National Forests (USFS). This regulation change is intended to aid in the proper management of Mississippi’s deer herd while providing maximum opportunity to hunters without negative impacts to the resource.
On private lands only, the antlerless deer bag limit has changed to five antlerless deer per year with no daily limit. However, the antlerless deer bag limit on USFS has been reduced to three antlerless deer per year with a daily limit of one.
These bag limit changes are intended to offer more flexibility to hunters managing abundant deer herds on private lands and reduce antlerless deer harvest on USFS where lower deer densities may occur.
If hunting on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) or National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs), hunters need to read WMA and NWR-specific regulations as bag limits may differ among these public areas.
For more information regarding deer or deer hunting opportunities in Mississippi, visit www.mdwfp.com/deer or call (601) 432-2199.