Press Release

Monday, May 08, 2017

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
1505 Eastover Dr. Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: (601) 432-2400

Mississippi’s 2017-18 Early Migratory Bird Seasons Announced

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.

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.

For more information regarding migratory birds in Mississippi, visit our website at or call us at (601) 432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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