Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Mississippi.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Mississippi Fish & Wildlife Resources.

Deer: Delta, Northeast, East Central, and Southwest Zones

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Sept. 30,2017 Nov. 17,2017
Youth Gun Nov. 4,2017 Nov. 17,2017
Nov. 18,2017 Jan. 31,2018
Early Primitive Weapons Nov. 6,2017 Nov. 17,2017
Gun (With Dogs) Nov. 18,2017 Dec. 1,2017
Primitive Weapon Dec. 2,2017 Dec. 15,2017
Gun (Without Dogs) Dec. 16,2017 Dec. 23,2017
Gun (With Dogs Dec. 24,2017 Jan. 17,2018
Archery/Primitive Weapon Jan. 18,2018 Jan. 31,2018

Southeast Zones

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Oct. 14,2017 Nov. 17,2017
Youth Gun Nov. 4,2017 Nov. 17,2017
Nov. 18,2017 Feb. 15,2018
Gun (With Dogs) Nov. 18,2017 Dec. 1,2017
Primitive Weapon Dec. 2,2017 Dec. 15,2017
Gun (Without Dogs) Dec. 16,2017 Dec. 23,2017
Gun (With Dogs Dec. 24,2017 Jan. 17,2018
Archery/Primitive Weapon Jan. 18,2018 Jan. 31,2018
Feb. 1,2018 Feb. 15,2018

Fall Turkey

Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Oct. 14,2017 Nov. 15,2017

Spring Turkey

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Youth March 8,2018 March 14,2018
Spring March 15,2018 May 1,2018

Small Game

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Youth Squirrel Sept. 23,2017 Sept. 30,2017
Squirrel – Fall Season Sept. 30,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Squirrel – Squirrel Season May 15,2018 June 1,2018
Rabbit Oct. 14,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Bobwhite Quail Nov. 23,2017 March 3,2018
Frog March 31,2017 Sept. 30,2017
Raccoon July 1,2017 Sept. 29,2017
Opossum, Raccoon, and Bobcat Sept. 30,2017 Oct. 31,2017
Nov. 1,2017 Feb. 28,2018
Raccoon July 1,2017 Sept. 30,2017
Trapping Nov. 1,2017 March 15,2018

Migratory Game Bird Seasons

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date