Youth Gun Deer Season Opens November 8

> JACKSON – The gun deer season for youth hunters 15 years old and under begins November 8 across Mississippi. This season provides youth hunters with the first firearms opportunity at Mississippi’s abundant deer herd this hunting season. Youth may use any firearm and may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day and up to five does per day on private land, not to exceed three bucks and five does for the entire hunting season. Zone-specific spread and main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters.
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> “The 2014 – 2015 deer archery season has already shown good potential with several nice bucks harvested across the state,” said Lann Wilf, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Deer Program Leader. “Camera surveys have revealed better than expected antler growth, along with a high number of mature bucks in the herd. This is sure to create a lot of smiles over the youth deer season.”
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> MDWFP wants to remind hunters that starting November 8, all deer hunters, including archery hunters, must wear hunter orange unless they are inside a fully enclosed hunting stand or in a hunting stand that is at least twelve feet above the ground. Additionally, hunters should take time before the hunt to make sure they have all the proper safety equipment. Deer hunters should have the following: hunter education certification (if required), hunter orange, a full-body harness for tree stands, an emergency signal device such as a whistle or cell phone, a light to walk to and from stand during low light conditions, and a hunting plan that includes notifying someone else about the hunting location.
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> 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.
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