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 TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
ArcherySept. 30,2017Nov. 17,2017
Youth GunNov. 4,2017Nov. 17,2017
Nov. 18,2017Jan. 31,2018
Early Primitive WeaponsNov. 6,2017Nov. 17,2017
Gun (With Dogs)Nov. 18,2017Dec. 1,2017
Primitive WeaponDec. 2,2017Dec. 15,2017
Gun (Without Dogs)Dec. 16,2017Dec. 23,2017
Gun (With DogsDec. 24,2017Jan. 17,2018
Archery/Primitive WeaponJan. 18,2018Jan. 31,2018

Southeast Zones

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
ArcheryOct. 14,2017Nov. 17,2017
Youth GunNov. 4,2017Nov. 17,2017
Nov. 18,2017Feb. 15,2018
Gun (With Dogs)Nov. 18,2017Dec. 1,2017
Primitive WeaponDec. 2,2017Dec. 15,2017
Gun (Without Dogs)Dec. 16,2017Dec. 23,2017
Gun (With DogsDec. 24,2017Jan. 17,2018
Archery/Primitive WeaponJan. 18,2018Jan. 31,2018
Feb. 1,2018Feb. 15,2018

Fall Turkey

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

Spring Turkey

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
YouthMarch 8,2018March 14,2018
SpringMarch 15,2018May 1,2018

Small Game

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Youth SquirrelSept. 23,2017Sept. 30,2017
Squirrel – Fall SeasonSept. 30,2017Feb. 28,2018
Squirrel – Squirrel SeasonMay 15,2018June 1,2018
RabbitOct. 14,2017Feb. 28,2018
Bobwhite QuailNov. 23,2017March 3,2018
FrogMarch 31,2017Sept. 30,2017
RaccoonJuly 1,2017Sept. 29,2017
Opossum, Raccoon, and BobcatSept. 30,2017Oct. 31,2017
Nov. 1,2017Feb. 28,2018
RaccoonJuly 1,2017Sept. 30,2017
TrappingNov. 1,2017March 15,2018

Migratory Game Bird Seasons

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date