JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2017-2018 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds during its April meeting in Jackson, Mississippi. These dates are listed in the table below; and include hunting seasons for doves, resident Canada geese, early teal, rails, snipe, and woodcock. Legal hunting hours for migratory game bird seasons are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.
SPECIES / SEASON DATES / DAILY BAG LIMIT / POSSESSION
Mourning and White-winged Doves (North Zone) / Sept. 2, 2017-Oct. 8, 2017 AND Oct. 21, 2017-Nov. 4, 2017 AND Dec. 9, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018 / 15 Singly or in aggregate / 45 Singly or in aggregate
Mourning and White-winged Doves (South Zone) / Sept. 2, 2017-Sept. 10, 2017 AND Oct. 7, 2017-Nov. 11, 2017 AND Dec. 2, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018 / 15 Singly or in aggregate / 45 Singly or in aggregate
September Teal / Sept. 9, 2017-Sept. 24, 2017 / 6 / 18
September Canada Geese / Sept. 1, 2017-Sept. 30, 2017 / 5 / 15
Woodcock / Dec. 18, 2017-Jan. 31, 2018 / 3 / 9
Snipe / Nov. 14, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018 / 8 / 24
Moorhens and Gallinules / Sept. 2, 2017-Nov. 10, 2017 / 15 Singly or in aggregate / 45 Singly or in aggregate
Rails: Clapper and King / Sept. 2, 2017-Nov. 10, 2017 / 15 Singly or in aggregate / 45 Singly or in aggregate
Rails: Sora and Virginia / Sept. 2, 2017-Nov. 10, 2017 / 25 Singly or in aggregate / 75 Singly or in aggregate
Mississippi is divided into two zones to maximize hunting opportunities throughout the state. The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.
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