Third Gun Deer Season to Open Before Christmas

Mississippi’s third white-tailed deer gun hunting season will open Dec. 24 and run through Jan. 22.

Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include either-sex on private lands and legal bucks only on open public lands.

When hunting deer during any gun season on deer, a hunter must wear in full view at least 500 square inches of solid, unbroken fluorescent orange. This requirement does not apply while the hunter is in a fully enclosed deer stand.

All persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1972, are required to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license. Each resident of Mississippi age 16-64, must obtain a hunting license, except while hunting on lands titled in his/her name. Any resident 65 or older, or any resident otherwise exempt from obtaining a hunting license, must have documentation with him/her at all times while hunting.

All non-resident hunters, except minors under the age of 16, are required to obtain a hunting license while hunting in Mississippi. In addition to any required hunting license, purchase of a Wildlife Management Area User Permit is required prior to hunting on any Wildlife Management Area.

For more information regarding deer or deer hunting opportunities in Mississippi, visit  www.mdwfp.com/deer

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