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Hunting Regulations Icon Mississippi Hunting & Fishing

2016-2017 Small Game Hunting Season & Bag Limits


Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Youth Squirrel
(On private lands and authorized state and federal lands. Youth 15 and under.)

Sept. 24-30


Squirrel – Fall Season

Oct. 1 – Feb. 28


Squirrel – Spring Season

May 15 – June 1



Oct. 15 – Feb. 28


Bobwhite Quail

Nov. 24 – Mar. 4



Apr. 1 – Sept. 30



July 1 – Sept. 30

1 per party/night

Opossum, Raccoon, and Bobcat

Oct. 1 – 31
(Food and sport)

5/day; 8/party

Nov. 1 – Feb. 28
(Food, sport, and pelt)

no limit


Nov. 1 – Mar. 15

no limit

2016-2017 Migratory Game Bird Season & Bag Limits


Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Canada Geese*

Sept. 1 – 30



White-winged and Mourning Doves

(North Zone)**

Sept. 3 – Oct. 9

Oct 22 – Nov. 6

Dec. 10 – Jan. 15

15 singly or in aggregate

45 singly or in aggregate

White-winged and Mourning Doves

(South Zone)***

Sept. 3 – 11

Oct. 8 – Nov. 13

Dec. 3 – Jan. 15

15 singly or in aggregate

45 singly or in aggregate


Sept. 10 – 25



Rails (Sora & Virginia)

Sept. 3 – Nov. 11

25 singly or in aggregate

75 singly or in aggregate

Rails (Clapper & King)

Sept. 3 – Nov. 11

15 singly or in aggregate

45 singly or in aggregate

Gallinules (common & purple)

Sept. 3 – Nov. 11

15 singly or in aggregate

45 singly or in aggregate


Nov. 5 – Feb. 28

no limit

no limit


Nov. 14 – Feb. 28



Geese (Canada, Snow, Blue, Ross’, White-fronted, and Brant)

Nov. 12 – 27

Dec. 15 – Jan. 29

Feb. 4 – 15

Canada Goose Bag Limit 3;

Snow, Blue, and Ross’ Bag Limit 20;

White-fronted Bag Limit 3;

Brant Bag Limit 1

Possession 9 (Canada Goose)

No Possession Limit (Snow, Blue, and Ross’)

Possession 9 (White-fronted)

Possession 3 (Brant)

Ducks, Mergansers, & Coots

Nov. 25 – 27

Dec. 2 – 4

Dec. 7 – Jan. 29

See below for ducks, mergansers, and coots bag limits.


Dec. 18 – Jan. 31



Youth Waterfowl Days

Nov. 19 and Feb. 4

Bag limits & shooting hours are the same as the regular season.

Light Goose Conservation Order****

Oct. 1 – Nov. 11

Feb. 16 – Mar. 31

no limit

no limit

* Sept. Canada Goose season is closed on Roebuck Lake in Leflore county.

** (Dove North Zone) Areas north of U.S. Hwy 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35.

*** (Dove South Zone) Areas south of U.S. Hwy 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.

**** The Light Goose Conservation Order is a special opportunity designed to reduce the populations of snow, blue, and Ross’ geese when no other waterfowl seasons are open. This allows for expanded methods of take which are not allowed during regular waterfowl seasons.

Shooting hours for all migratory game birds are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

To participate in the Light Goose Conservation Order, hunters need a valid Mississippi hunting license, state waterfowl stamp, and a free Light Goose Conservation Order permit number. Hunters can obtain the permit number online at

Light Goose Conservation Order Methods:

  • Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Only snow, blue, and Ross’s geese are eligible for harvest.
  • The use of electronic calls is allowed.
  • The use of unplugged shotguns is allowed.
  • There is no daily or possession limit for snow, blue, or Ross’s geese.
  • Hunters must use non-toxic shot.

Daily Bag Limits / Possession Limits:

Possession Limit is three times the daily bag limit for all migratory game birds except on opening day unless otherwise noted.

Ducks – A total of 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 1 mottled duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, 1 black duck, 2 canvasback, and 2 pintails. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Mergansers – A total of 5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Coots – 15 Daily. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.