Today is opening day of deer season for bow hunters. Before taking to the woods, it’s always wise to brush up on Mississippi’s hunting regulations.
There are two (2) primary wildlife laws that seem to get honest deer hunters (as opposed to poachers) in trouble: (a) hunting licenses; and (b) antler/bag limit rules.
If you are going to hunt deer in Mississippi, you must have a hunting license. See Miss. Code Ann. Section 49-7-21. Getting a license before going hunting may seem like a no-brainer. However, many people simply forget to obtain or renew their licenses, until they are “reminded” by a conservation officer.
The antler and bag limit rules also get folks into trouble. These rules seem to change on a yearly basis. It’s common for what was legal the previous season to be illegal in the current season.
This season, the bag limits are as follows: Bucks: Hunters may kill one (1) “legal” buck per day, not to exceed a total of three (3) bucks per license year. Does: Hunters may kill one (1) doe per day, not to exceed five (5) per license year.
As to the antler requirement, a “legal” buck is defined as follows: In Zones 1 and 2 (which is basically any part of the State outside the Delta), a buck must have a minimum of either a 10-inch inside spread or a main beam of 13 inches. In Zone 3, the Delta area, a legal buck is one that has a minimum of either a 12-inch inside spread or a main beam of 15 inches. If you kill a buck that falls below these minimum requirements, you will get a ticket.
A complete list of hunting rules and regulations is available online at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Hopefully, this will help you keep out of trouble while hunting. But if you do get charged with a game and fish violation, please remember that The Crowley Law Firm handles wildlife cases. Give me a call and I’ll be happy to discuss your case with you.
Mississippi Criminal Defense Attorney Curt Crowley