JACKSON – Mississippi’s special primitive weapons season for white-tailed deer will open November 10 in the Hill and Delta Deer Management Zones. The special primitive weapons season is for antlerless deer only on private lands and open public lands from November 10 – 21. This special season is provided to allow hunters on properties with higher deer densities, additional and earlier opportunities to meet antlerless harvest objectives prior to the rut. Only archery equipment and primitive firearms may be used during this season.
“Primitive firearms,” for the purpose of hunting deer, are defined as single or double barreled muzzle-loading rifles of at least .38 caliber; OR single shot, breech loading, metallic cartridge rifles (.35 caliber or larger) and replicas, reproductions, or reintroductions of those type rifles with an exposed hammer; OR single or double barreled muzzle-loading shotguns, with single ball or slug. All muzzle-loading primitive firearms must use black powder or a black powder substitute with percussion caps, #209 shotgun primers, or flintlock ignition.
“Most properties that Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) biologists visit are often at, or over, carrying capacity,” said Lann Wilf, MDWFP Deer Program Leader. “Most private lands in the Hill and Delta Deer Management Zones have a biological need to participate in this hunt. Hunters and managers should try to meet antlerless deer harvest objectives early to reduce antlerless deer populations.”
The special primitive weapons season will not be occurring in the Southeast Deer Management Zone due to lower deer numbers. Additionally, this season will not be occurring on Wildlife Management Areas due to high hunter numbers and differing management objectives on those properties.
Hunters can find information about deer hunting, season dates, and hunting regulations at www.mdwfp.com or in the 2014 – 2015 Mississippi Outdoor Digest. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.