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Youth Gun Deer Season Opens November 7

JACKSON – The gun deer season for youth hunters age 15 and younger begins November 7.  This season provides youth hunters with the first firearms deer hunting opportunity.  Youth may use any firearm and zone-specific spread and main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters.  The bag limit on Delta and Hill Zone antlerless deer is five per annual season. The bag limit on Southeast Zone antlerless deer is one per day not to exceed three per annual season. Youth may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day not to exceed three bucks for the entire hunting season.

“We are already seeing good success as we kick off the 2015 – 2016 hunting season with several nice bucks being harvested throughout the state,” said David Graves, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Central Region Deer Biologist.  “Camera surveys have revealed increased deer numbers and substantial antler growth on mature bucks.  This should make for some very excited kids during the upcoming youth season.”

MDWFP wants to remind hunters that starting November 7 that all deer hunters, including archery hunters, must wear hunter orange unless they are inside a fully enclosed hunting stand or in a hunting stand that is at least twelve feet above the ground.  Additionally, hunters should take time before the hunt to make sure they have all the proper safety equipment.  Deer hunters should have the following: hunter education certification (if required), hunter orange, a full-body harness for tree stands, an emergency signal device such as a whistle or cell phone, a light to walk to and from stand during low light conditions, and a hunting plan that includes notifying someone else about the hunting location. 

Hunters can find information about deer hunting, season dates, and hunting regulations at or in the 2015 – 2016 Mississippi Outdoor Digest. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at