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Youth Hunts & Information

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Deer Hunts

Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2020

Jan. 9 and 10, 2021

Ages 6-16. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Youth 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single non-hunting adult.

Bear Hunt

Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2020

Ages 6-16. Limit one (1) per year, either sex. Bear Hunting Zones 1, 2, and 3 only. No dogs allowed. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Youth 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single non-hunting adult.

Waterfowl Hunts

Feb. 6 and 13, 2021

Ages 6-16. Same as regular season daily bag limits. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device. Youth 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult; however, adults and other persons accompanying youths shall not hunt during these youth waterfowl hunts. Geese, coot, gallinules, moorhens, and ducks may be taken by youth during the Young Sportsman Waterfowl Hunts. WMAs with special closing times are open all day, each day of the Young Sportsman Waterfowl Hunts.

Wildlife Management Area Youth Hunts

Various TWRA Wildlife Management Areas offer young sportsman hunts. These hunts are for a range of different wildlife species like deer, turkeys and doves. Check the various WMA listings located in the back of this guide for information on these special hunts.

Spring Turkey Hunt

Statewide (excluding The Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) Unit (Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton Counties) and Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, and Wayne Counties

March 27 and 28, 2021

Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) Unit and Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, and Wayne Counties

April 10 and 11, 2021

Ages 6-16. One (1) bearded turkey per day, which counts toward the statewide bag. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single non-hunting adult, who is not required to have a license.