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Deer archery season opened this weekend

Archery deer season in the Southeast zone begins this weekend.
Archery deer season in the Southeast zone begins this weekend. Sun Herald file

Deer archery season in the Southern part of the state got underway this weekend. Deer season is considered one of the state’s favorite fall pastimes.

The Southeast Zone includes Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, George, Stone and Pearl River counties.

Archery season ends Nov. 17 for antlerless deer and legal bucks on private and open public land. The zone bag limit for antlerless deer is one per day, not to exceed two per annual season. The bag limit on antlered buck deer is one buck per day, not to exceed three per annual season.

A legal buck is defined as having either a minimum inside spread of 10 inches or a minimum main beam length of 13 inches.

Longbows, recurves, compound bows and crossbows are all legal archery equipment and used during the entire deer season. The weapons don’t have a minimum or maximum draw weight, no minimum arrow length and fixed or mechanical broadheads.

Crossbows have been legal to use since being approved by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks two years ago.

Here are some hunting guidelines for deer archery season:

▪ Always wear a full body safety harness.

▪ Use a life line harness system when climbing to and from deer stands.

▪ Check the straps attaching your hunting stand to the tree for signs of wear.

▪ Check your hunting stand for signs of wear or broken parts.

Here are the other deer seasons in the South zone:

▪ Youth gun season is Nov. 4 to Feb. 15. Youth may carry and use any firearm, which they can safely hunt in compliance with other laws.

▪ Guns with dogs is Nov. 18 to Dec. 1.

▪ Primitive weapons is Dec. 2 to Dec. 15. The weapon of choice is legal on private lands.

▪ Guns without dogs, the still season, is Dec. 16 to Dec. 23. Guns with dogs, the still season, is Dec. 24 to Jan. 17.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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