Hunters, mark your calendars for six deer seasons

Mississippi Deer season will start in October.
Mississippi Deer season will start in October. Sun Herald

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced dates for the white-tailed deer season. Deer season is very popular in the state.

The Southeast Zone has a separate season from the Hill and Delta zones for archery and youth hunting season. The Southeast includes Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, George, Stone and Pearl River counties.

Archery season is Oct. 15 to Nov. 18 for antler-less deer and legal bucks on private and open public land.

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

Youth gun season is Nov. 5 to Feb. 15. Youth may carry and use any firearm, which they can safely hunt in compliance with other laws.

The five other seasons are the same for all three zones.

▪ Guns with dogs is Nov. 19 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. 18.

▪ Late season archery with primitive weapon, which is the firearm of choice legal on private lands for either sex deer, is Jan. 19 to Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to Feb. 15 for legal bucks only.

Here's the info on bag limits:

On Private lands, the bag limit in the Delta and Hill Zone antlerless deer is five per annual season.

The bag limit in the Southeast Zone for antlerless deer is one per day, three per annual season.

On U.S. Forest Service National Forests, the bag limit is one per day, not to exceed three per annual season.

Legal bucks must meet the antler criteria within the appropriate deer management zone.

For youth hunters ages 15 and younger hunting on private land and authorized state and federal lands, any of the three may be any antlered deer.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones