Frequently Asked Questions
What is DMAP?
The Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) is a comprehensive
deer management program consisting of data collection and
cooperator education. Using this, the MDWFP tries to put the
landowner/cooperator in a better position to manage their lands for
a healthy deer herd, while maintaining habitat integrity.
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Can I hunt hogs in Mississippi?
Is it legal in Mississippi to transport live, wild hogs?
Can I hog hunt at night?
Can I hunt with a crossbow?
Yes, as of the 2013-2014 season, crossbows are considered
archery equipment. Archery equipment now encompasses
longbows, recurves, compound bows, and crossbows. There is no
minimum or maximum draw weight, no minimum arrow length, and fixed
or mechanical broadheads may be used.
During the crossbow season, is it legal to use a scope on a crossbow?
Nothing in statute or regulations prohibits the use of a scope
on a crossbow.
What is a primitive weapon?
Can I hunt with a scope on my muzzleloader?
Yes, scopes of any magnification are legal on primitive
Can I hunt deer over bait such a corn feeder?
The use of supplemental feed is allowed with certain
restrictions. Supplemental feeding regulations can be found
and a supplemental feeding FAQ page is available at
Can I hunt over a food plot?
Is it legal for a person to own a cougar in Mississippi?
Legislation passed in 1997 regulates the importation, sale and
possession of animals declared inherently dangerous to humans. The
cougar is included in this new law along with lions, tigers,
leopards, wolves, wolf hybrids, certain primates and various other
species such as elephants and rhinoceroses. A person must apply for
a permit to keep any of these animals and must comply with
regulations on cage size, veterinary care, liability insurance and
previous experience. Please call (601) 432-2199 for more
Can I shoot a jake when turkey hunting?
Hunters 15 years old and younger may harvest gobblers of any
age. Adults, on the other hand, must harvest an adult gobbler or a
gobbler with at least a 6 inch beard.
Aside from beard length, the tail feathers are a method of
determining whether a turkey is an adult or jake. The outside
feathers on both sides of the fan will be shorter than the feathers
in the middle on a jake; an adult gobbler's tail feathers will all
be the same length.
Can I hunt deer from a boat?
No, the only game that can be hunted from a boat are squirrels
and waterfowl. Remember that the motor must be shut off and all
forward progress must have ceased.
Can I turkey hunt with a rifle?
Only shotguns with shot no larger than #2 and bow and arrow.
However, any quadriplegic may hunt turkey with a rifle.
What are the rifle and ammunition restrictions for deer hunting?
There are no firearm, caliber, or magazine capacity restrictions
when deer hunting on private land in Mississippi. There are certain
firearm and ammunition restrictions on some MDWFP Wildlife
Management Areas and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National
Wildlife Refuges. Check the WMA regulations for specific
restrictions. Information about MDWFP's WMA's can be found at:
What are deer season dates and what is the deer bag limit?
How can I get a brochure on a specific WMA?
Regulation brochures and area maps for WMA's are available at
each WMA, at the regional and Jackson offices, and available online
If I own land in the State of Mississippi but live in another state, do I have to purchase a non-resident hunting license?
Yes, all non-resident hunters, except minors under the age of 16
are required to obtain a hunting license while hunting in the State
If I own land, why does my family have to have a license?
Each resident of Mississippi ages 16 - 64 must obtain a hunting
license, except while hunting on lands titled in his/her name.
Thus, only residents whose names appear on the land's title may
hunt on that land without a license.
What are the legal shooting hours?
At what age do I no longer need a license? What if I am disabled?
Residents 16 years old and younger, 65 years old or older, 100%
disabled, or on active duty for the Armed Forces outside of
Mississippi, are exempt from purchasing a license. Except for
minors, exempt hunters must carry exempting documentation defined
on the License Page at: http://www.mdwfp.com/license/hunting-license.aspx.
Although some residents are exempt from purchasing a license,
MDWFP urges exempt hunters, including youth to consider supporting
MDWFP by purchasing the $5 voluntary 'Exempt' license. These
licenses support MDWFP's annual activities in Wildlife Management
and Conservation, as well as allow MDWFP to count and get Federal
credit for those exempt hunters. Each year, federal excise taxes
paid on hunting/shooting related items are reallocated back to the
states based on the number of licenses reported by each state. As
MDWFP does not receive many dollars annually from the Mississippi's
General Fund, this Federal Aid (generated by sportsmen/women) is
the lifeblood of much of MDWFP's annual operating budget.
When are hunting season dates set?
The season dates are usually set by July except for duck season
which is set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in September.
You can find the most up-to-date season dates and information at:
How do I ask a question not found in this knowledge base?
I have a problem with beavers on my land. How can I get help?
When is the deer rut in my area?
Could you clarify the difference between the daily bag limit and possession limit?
The daily bag limit is the total number of an individual game
that you can keep while hunting during a given day. The possession
limit is the maximum number of any individual game that you can
control or transport at any given time. For example, it's common
that regulations state that the daily bag limit is (X), and the
possession limit is twice the daily bag limit, or (2X). Thus, on
the first day of the season, you could only harvest the daily bag
limit of (X). After harvesting the limit from day one, you could
hunt on day two and harvest another limit of (X). Combined, you
would have reached the possession limit (2x). Properly tagged, you
can have and/or transport no more than the possession limit at any
given time. If you have a specific question about bag or possession
limits, please call (601) 432-2199.
I harvested a deer and noticed small white grub looking worms coming out of the nose when I was cleaning it – should I be concerned?
How can I get an application for the drawings on WMA’s?
All applications and drawings will take place online. You can
find open applications at
www.mdwfp.com/draws. For more information about specific WMA's
and the draw hunts they may offer, see the WMA page at: www.mdwfp.com/wma.
I’m having an issue with nuisance animals. Do you have a list of trappers that I could hire to remove nuisance animals?
Yes. Please call (601) 432-2199 for more information.
Do you have a list of wildlife rehabilitators?
Is it legal to raise an abandoned/orphan spotted fawn?
No, Mississippi law prohibits the capture, possession, or caging
of any wild animal, including white-tailed fawns. Early in life,
fawns are supposed to be alone for most of the day. The doe leaves
them bedded and hidden. The doe will then return several times a
day to nurse the fawn. As a natural defense, the fawn lays still in
a fashion that makes people think it is sick or injured. At a few
weeks of age the fawn will be on its feet, able to follow its
mother, and can outrun most predators.
During the early teal season – can I harvest both blue-wing and green-wing teal?
On the different WMA pages, what is meant by a "wildlife opening"?
Wildlife openings are open areas on WMAs that are maintained in
an early successional stage of habitat. Openings may be planted for
wildlife as "food plots". Additionally, they may be burned, mowed,
or disked to maintain the natural vegetation in an early