Press Release

Friday, March 04, 2016

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Youth Turkey Season Offers Excitement for Young Hunters

JACKSON - The 2016 youth turkey season will begin on private lands and authorized state and federal lands on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.  This special season, which is available to hunters ages 15 and under, coincides with spring break for many of Mississippi's schools. This opportunity is an excellent chance to introduce young hunters to the thrill of pursuing springtime gobblers. 


Youth hunters, ages 15 and under are not required to possess a hunting license.  However, before hunting alone, youth between the ages of 12 and 15 must have a certificate documenting satisfactory completion of a hunter education course approved by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.  Youth 15 years of age and under may hunt without having a certificate of hunter education if they are in the presence and under the direct supervision of a Mississippi licensed or exempt hunter that is at least 21 years of age. 


Bag limits for youth during the spring turkey season are one gobbler per day, three per spring season.  The regulation that limits turkey harvest to adult gobblers or gobblers with at least a 6 inch beard does not apply to hunters 15 years of age and under, and youth hunters may harvest three gobblers of choice.

For more information regarding wild turkeys in Mississippi and turkey hunting opportunities, visit us at or call us at (601) 432-2199. 

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