Mississippi Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

Mississippi hunting seasons offer some standard – and not so standard – game options. Deer, turkey, and small game are expected, but alligator can also be found in the southern state for occasional hunting.

Mississippi has a variety of regulations for its hunting seasons. Decoys and bait are illegal to use for any animal except crow and nuisance animals. Hunting dogs are generally welcomed on hunts, though may not be used during turkey seasons, muzzleloader and archery deer seasons.

Hunting licenses may be purchased online. Licenses are available for both Mississippi resident and nonresident hunters. Wildlife permits are required for several seasons, and can be obtained through the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website.


Alligator Seasons

Antlered Deer

General Season Aug. 25-Sept. 4

*In Mississippi, alligators may only be hunted with a special permit. Permits can be applied for online. Individuals who are drawn through the lottery system to receive alligator permits are required to attend an alligator hunting training course, or must previously have completed the course. Hunters must be at least 16-years-old and residents of Mississippi.

Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 30-Nov. 17
Oct. 13-Nov. 17 (Southeast)
Youth Gun Nov. 4-17
Nov. 18-Jan. 31
Nov. 18-Feb. 15 (Southeast)
Firearms Nov. 18-Dec. 1 (With Dogs)
Dec. 24-Jan. 17 (With Dogs, Southeast)
Dec. 16-23 (No Dogs, all areas)
Primitive Weapon Nov. 6-17
Dec. 2-15 (Southeast)
Primitive Weapon/Archery Jan. 18-31
Feb. 1-15 (Southeast)

Mississippi is divided into five regions, especially for deer seasons: Delta, Northeast, East Central, Southwest, and Southeast. Each has corresponding hunting dates.

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Spring Turkey (Youth Season) Mar. 8-14
(Regular Season) Mar. 15-May 1

Small Game Seasons

Fall Squirrel Sept. 30-Feb. 28
Spring Squirrel May 15-June 1
Rabbit Oct. 14-Feb. 28
Bobwhite Quail Nov. 23-Mar. 4
Frog Mar. 31-Sept. 30
Raccoon July 1-Sept. 19
Opossum, Raccoon, Bobcat (Food and Sport) Sept. 30-31
(Food, Sport & Pelt) Nov. 1-Feb. 28

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Mississippi hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. Mississippi is divided into three regions, especially for deer seasons: Delta (western Mississippi) Hill (middle Mississippi) and Southeast. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website.