Outdoors: Mississippi 2009-10 hunting seasons

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — There will be some changes for Mississippi deer hunters in the 2009-10 season, including a switch from two zones to three and new definitions of legal bucks.

Migratory bird seasons will be established later by federal wildlife authorities.

Hunting seasons approved this month by the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks:

RABBIT

Season: Oct. 17-Feb. 28, statewide.

Limit: 8 daily.

BOBWHITE QUAIL

Season: Nov. 26-March 6, statewide.

Limit: 8 daily.

SQUIRREL

Zone 1 (areas north of U.S. Highway 82, plus all of Washington and Sunflower counties): Oct. 3-Feb. 28. Youth: Sept. 26-Oct. 2.

Zone 2 (areas between U.S. Highways 82 and 84, and areas south of 84 that are west of Interstate 55): Oct. 17-Feb. 28. Youth: Oct. 10-Oct. 16.

Zone 3 (areas south of U.S. Highway 84 and east of I-55): Oct. 31-Feb. 28. Youth: Oct. 24-Oct. 30.

Limit: 8 daily, all zones.

FROG

2009 season: Ends Sept. 30. Bag limit: 25 per night.

2010 season: April 1-Sept. 30. Bag limit: 25 per night.

RACCOON

Early season: July 1- Sept. 30.

Limit: 1 per party per night.

OPOSSUM, RACCOON AND BOBCAT

Oct. 1-Oct. 30; for sport and food.

Limit: 5 per day, 8 per party.

Oct. 31-Feb. 28 for sport, food and pelt.

No limit.

TRAPPING

Statewide season: Nov. 1-Feb. 28. No limit.

TURKEY

2010 spring season: March 13-May 2, statewide except parts of Coahoma, Leflore and Sunflower counties and all of Quitman County.

Limit: 1 mature gobbler or a gobbler with a minimum 6-inch beard per day, 3 per season. Youths 15 and under are allowed 1 gobbler per season with any length beard in their 3-bird spring limit.

Youth season: March 6-12.

2009 fall season: Certain counties in Delta Zone, North-Central Zone and Southwestern Zone will have a fall season Oct. 15-Nov. 15 on private lands only. Landowners must apply for permits.

Limit: 2 turkeys of either sex per season. Contact Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for fall season regulations.

DEER

Zone 1: Areas east of I-55 and north of I-20, plus areas south of I-20 and east of U.S. 61, excluding areas south of U.S. 84 and east of Mississippi Highway 35.

Zone 2: Areas south of U.S. 84 and east of Mississippi Highway 35.

Zone 3: Areas west of I-55 and north of I-20 and areas south of I-20 and west of U.S. 61.

Seasons for Zone 1 and Zone 3:

Archery: Oct. 1-Nov. 20.

Youth gun: Begins Nov. 14 and continues through Jan. 31, private lands only.

Gun with dog: Nov. 21-Dec. 1.

Primitive weapon: Dec. 2-15.

Gun without dog (still season): Dec. 16-23.

Gun with dog: Dec. 24-Jan. 20.

Primitive weapon/archery: Jan. 21-31 on private lands and open public lands.

Seasons for Zone 2:

Archery: Oct. 15-Nov. 20.

Youth gun: Begins Nov. 14 and continues through Feb. 15.

Gun with dog: Nov. 21-Dec. 1.

Primitive weapon: Dec. 2-15.

Gun without dog (still season): Dec. 16-23.

Gun with dog: Dec. 24-Jan. 20.

Primitive weapon/archery: Jan. 21-Feb. 15. Legal bucks only.

Legal bucks:

Zones 1-2: A legal buck is defined as having either a minimum inside spread of 10 inches OR a minimum main beam length of 13 inches.

Zone 3: A legal buck is defined as having either a minimum inside spread of 12 inches OR a minimum main beam length of 15 inches.

Limits: Daily: 1 legal buck and 1 antlerless deer per day. Children 15 and under are allowed to have 1 buck of any size antler in their season buck limit of 3.

Season: 3 legal bucks and 5 antlerless deer.

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