Mississippi’s duck hunting season opens Thursday, November 27, 2014. Many waterfowl hunters are anxiously waiting, due to record breeding population estimates last spring. However, hunters should remember that winter severity and local habitat availability also play a major role in how many ducks make their way to Mississippi.
The hunting season for ducks, mergansers, and coots will be November 27, 2014 – January 25, 2015. The duck daily bag limit is a total of six ducks, which may include four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintail, one canvasback, one mottled duck, and one black duck. The merganser daily bag limit is five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. Coots have a 15-bird daily bag limit. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers, and coots.
Mississippi offers numerous public waterfowl hunting opportunities in a variety of habitats. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) have both open access and limited draw hunting areas with intensively managed habitat for Mississippi waterfowl hunters to enjoy.
Hunters ages 16 to 64 must obtain a hunting license and be Harvest Information Program (HIP) registered for Mississippi. All hunters over the age of sixteen are required to have both a state and federal duck stamp. If hunting on a WMA, hunters will also need a WMA User Permit. Hunters should carefully read the regulations for all public lands prior to hunting to ensure they are in compliance.
For more information regarding waterfowl in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl or call us at (601) 432-2199.