About Hunting in Mississippi

Mississippi’s deer population is estimated to be 1.75 million, with hunters harvesting approximately 280,000 deer annually. Mississippi has a lot of deer compared to the number of hunters and there are many older deer roaming the state. Mississippi ranks Number 1 in the nation for the percentage of 3 1/2-year-old and older bucks in the deer harvest. 74% of the harvest is over 3 1/2 years old. Bow hunters get an early start on the season, before gun hunters, so take advantage!

Seasons are split up by Units:

  • Delta Unit: Areas west of I-55 and north of I-20 plus areas south of I-20 and west of U.S. Highway 61.
  • North Central Unit: All private and open public lands in Alcorn, Benton, Desoto, Marshall,
  • Tate, and Tippah counties.
  • Northeast Unit: Areas east of I-55, north of U.S. Highway 82 , and excluding counties in the North Central Unit.
  • Public lands include national forests (excluding Holly Springs NF), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands, etc., that have statewide seasons without special regulations.
  • East Central Unit: Areas east of I-55, east of U.S. Highway 49, south of U.S. Highway 82, and north of U.S. Highway 84.
  • Southwest Unit: Areas east of U.S. Highway 61, south of I-20, west of U.S. Highway 49, and west of MS Highway 35.
  • Southeast Unit: Areas south of U.S. Highway 84 and east of MS Highway 35.

Mississippi Deer Hunting Season 2021 – 2022

*Northeast, North Central, Delta, East Central, Southwest Deer Management Unit Dates

WeaponDatesLimits
ArcheryOct. 1 – Nov. 19, 2021Either sex on private and open public land.
Archery/Primitive WeaponJan. 20 – 31, 2022Either sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.
Primitive WeaponNov. 8 – 19, 2021Antlerless Deer Only on private lands.
Primitive WeaponDec. 2 – 15, 2021Either sex on private land, open public land, and Holly Springs NF. 
Gun (with dogs)Dec. 24 – Jan. 19, 2022Either sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.
Gun (without dogs)Dec. 16 – 23, 2021Either sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

*Southeast Deer Management Unit Dates

WeaponDatesLimits
ArcheryOct. 15 – Nov. 19, 2021Either sex on private and open public land.
Archery/Primitive WeaponJan. 20 – 31, 2022Either sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.
Feb. 1 – 15, 2022Legal bucks only on private and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.
Primitive WeaponDec. 2 – 15, 2021Either sex on private land and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.
Gun (with dogs)Dec. 24 – Jan. 19, 2022Either sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.
Gun (without dogs)Dec. 16 – 23, 2021Either sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Bag Limits:

  • Antlered Buck Deer: The statewide bag limit on antlered buck deer is one (1) buck per day and three (3) per annual season. One (1) of these three (3) may have hardened antlers that do not meet the unit legal antler requirements on private land and Holly Springs National Forest. For youth hunters fifteen (15) years of age and younger, hunting on private land and authorized state and federal lands, all three (3) of the three (3) buck bag limit may be any antlered deer. Antlered buck bag limit in the North Central Deer Management Unit (DMU) is one (1) buck per day and four (4) per annual season. No antler restrictions apply to this DMU. All four bucks may have any sized hardened antlers.
  • Antlerless Deer / Private lands: The statewide annual bag limit on antlerless deer is five (5). The antlerless bag limit for private lands in the North Central DMU is ten (10) antlerless deer per season. Antlerless deer are male or female deer which do not have hardened antler above the natural hairline. Only two (2) antlerless deer may be harvested from the Southeast Unit. There is no daily bag limit on antlerless deer in the Northeast, North Central, East Central, Southwest, and Delta units. Only one (1) antlerless deer per day may be harvested in the Southeast DMU.
  • U.S. Forest Service National Forests: The bag limit is one (1) per day, not to exceed five (5) per annual season.

Mississippi Turkey Hunting Season 2021

SeasonDatesLimits
Fall TurkeyOct 15-Nov 152 turkeys, either sex.
Spring TurkeyMar. 15 – May 11 adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a
6-inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring
season.

Fall Turkey Details:

  • Fall turkey season is open BY PERMIT ONLY from October 15-November 15 on private lands in the following counties or portions of counties where the landowner/leaseholder completes a fall turkey hunting application to the MDWFP Jackson Office and receives tags. The fall season bag limit is two (2) turkeys, which may be of either sex.
  • Delta Unit: Bolivar County – west of the main Mississippi River levee and those lands east of the main Mississippi River levee known as 27 Break Hunting Club; Coahoma, Desoto, Issaquena, Tunica, and Washington counties – west of the main Mississippi River levee.
  • North Central Unit: Benton, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Tippah, and Union counties.
  • Southwest Unit: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Warren, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties.

Mississippi Resident Hunting License Fees

TypeFee
Sportsman’s License – Includes Fall Turkey Permit, Archery/Primitive Weapon/Crossbow – does not include WMA User Permit or Saltwater Fishing$45.00
All Game Hunting/Freshwater Fishing – Does not include Archery/Primitive/Crossbow, Fall Turkey Permit or WMA User Permit.$25.00
Archery/Primitive Weapon/Crossbow – Must be bought in addition to All Game Hunting/ Freshwater Fishing when hunting during special seasons. As of July 1st, 2013, this privilege will include the use of a Crossbow.$14.00
Fall Turkey Permit – Not required with purchase of resident Sportsman License or resident Lifetime Sportsman License. Must be purchased in addition to All Game Hunting/Freshwater Fishing license to fall turkey hunt.$5.00
All licenses are subject to a $1.00 Agent Fee and $1.29 Processing Fee.

Mississippi Nonresident Hunting License Fees

TypeFee
All Game Hunting – Ages 19 and over – does not include Archery/Primitive Weapon/Crossbow, Spring or Fall Turkey permits, deer permit, or WMA User Permit.$300.00
Archery/Primitive Weapon/Crossbow Permit – Must be bought in addition to All Game Hunting or 7-Day All Game Hunting when hunting during special seasons.$75.00
Deer Permit – Required for hunting deer during all deer seasons. This license must be purchased in addition to All Game, 7-Day All Game, or 3-Day All Game Hunting License.$5.00
Spring Turkey Permit – Required for hunting turkey during spring turkey season. This license must be purchased in addition to All Game, 7-Day All Game, or 3-Day All Game Hunting License.$20.00
Fall Turkey Permit – Required for hunting turkey during fall either-sex seasons. This license must be purchased in addition to All Game, 7-Day All-Game, or 3-Day All Game Hunting License. Fall turkey hunting limited to certain areas.$20.00
All licenses are subject to a $1.00 – $3.00 Agent Fee and $1.29 Processing Fee.

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Links to Official Sites

Mississippi Hunting Regulations PDF

State Regulation Site

Hunting Licenses and Permits