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2018-2019 White-Tailed Deer Hunting Seasons

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Hunting Seasons: Northeast, East Central, Southwest Zones

Northeast Zone: Areas east of I-55 and north of U.S. Highway 82. East Central Zone: Areas east of I-55, east of U.S. Highway 49, south of U.S. Highway 82, and north of U.S. Highway 84. Southwest Zone: Areas east of U.S. Highway 61, south of I-20, west of U.S. Highway 49, and west of MS Highway 35. A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 10 inches OR a minimum main beam length of 13 inches.

Method

Season Dates

Legal Deer

Archery

Oct. 1 – Nov. 16

Either-Sex on private and open public land.

Youth Gun

Nov. 3 – 16

Either-Sex on private and authorized state and federal lands. Youth 15 and under.

Nov. 17 – Jan. 31

Either Sex on private land and legal bucks only on authorized state and federal lands.

Antlerless Primitive Weapons

Nov. 5 – 16

Antlerless Deer Only on private lands.

Gun (with dogs)

Nov. 17 – Dec. 1

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 – 15

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Gun (without dogs)

Dec. 16 – 23

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Gun (with dogs)

Dec. 24 – Jan. 16

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Archery/Primitive Weapon

Jan. 17 – 31

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Hunting Seasons: Southeast Zone

Private and open public lands south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35. A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 10 inches OR a minimum main beam length of 13 inches.

Method

Season Dates

Legal Deer

Archery

Oct. 15 – Nov. 16

Either-Sex on private and open public land.

Youth Gun

Nov. 3 – 16

Either-Sex on private and authorized state and federal lands. Youth 15 and under.

Nov. 17 – Feb. 15

Either Sex on private land and legal bucks only on authorized state and federal lands.

Gun (with dogs)

Nov. 17 – Dec. 1

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 – 15

Either-Sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Gun (without dogs)

Dec. 16 – 23

Either-Sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land.

Gun (with dogs)

Dec. 24 – Jan. 16

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Archery/Primitive Weapon

Jan. 17 – 31

Either-Sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Feb. 1 – 15

Legal bucks only on private and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Hunting Seasons: Delta Zone

Private and open public lands west of I-55 and north of I-20 plus areas south of I-20 and west of U.S. Hwy. 61. A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 12 inches OR a minimum main beam length of 15 inches.

Method

Season Dates

Legal Deer

Archery

Oct. 1 – Nov. 16

Either-Sex on private and open public land.

Youth Gun

Nov. 3 – 16

Either-Sex on private and authorized state and federal lands. Youth 15 and under.

Nov. 17 – Jan. 31

Either Sex on private land and legal bucks only on authorized state and federal lands.

Antlerless Primitive Weapons

Nov. 5 – 16

Antlerless Deer Only on private land.

Gun (with dogs)

Nov. 17 – Dec. 1

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 – 15

Either-Sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Gun (without dogs)

Dec. 16 – 23

Either-Sex on private land. Legal bucks only on open public land.

Gun (with dogs)

Dec. 24 – Jan. 16

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Archery/Primitive Weapon

Jan. 17 – 31

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Legal Weapons

Archery: Longbows, recurves, crossbows and compound bows. There is no minimum or maximum draw weight. There is no minimum arrow length. Fixed or mechanical broadheads may be used.

Primitive Weapons: Weapons legal for use during the Primitive Weapons season are all archery equipment and primitive firearms. “Primitive firearms,” for the purpose of hunting deer, are defined as single- or double-barreled, muzzle-loading shotguns of at least .38 caliber; OR single-shot, breech-loading, metallic-cartridge rifles (.35 caliber or larger) and replicas, reproductions, or reintroductions of those type rifles with an exposed hammer; OR single- or double-barreled, muzzle-loading shotguns, with single ball or slug. All muzzle-loading primitive firearms must use black powder or a black powder substitute with percussion caps, #209 shotgun primers, or flintlock ignition.

“Blackpowder substitute” is defined as a substance designed, manufactured, and specifically intended to be used as a propellant in muzzleloading or other black powder firearms, excluding modern smokeless powder. Metallic cartridges may be loaded with either black powder or modern smokeless powder (cartridges purchased at sporting goods stores).

Telescopic sights are allowed while hunting with any primitive firearm during the primitive weapon seasons.

During any open season on deer with primitive weapons after November 30, a person may use any legal weapon of choice on private lands only, if the person is the title owner of the land; the lessee of the hunting rights on the land; a member of a hunting club leasing the hunting rights on the land; or a guest of a person specified above. If the person is required to have a hunting license, the person must have a primitive weapon license, Sportsman’s License or a Lifetime Sportsman’s License.

Gun: There are no caliber or magazine capacity restrictions on firearms. Archery and primitive firearms may be used during Gun seasons.

Open Public Lands include U.S. National Forests, Corps of Engineers lands, etc., that have statewide seasons without special regulations. Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are not considered Open Public Land. For seasons and bag limits on MDWFP Wildlife Management Areas visit www.mdwfp.com/wma