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Youth Hunts & Information

Help the hunting tradition stay alive by sharing your passion for the outdoors with a youth.

Youth ages 6-16 may participate in Young Sportsman Hunts (excluding elk hunts – see the elk hunting section). 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 who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters during deer and bear hunts. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single non-hunting adult.

Youths 6-9 are not required to have a license or hunter’s education certification. Youths 10-12 must meet hunter education requirements or have a Type 12 Apprentice License. In addition to the requirements for youths 10-12, youths 13-15 must have a valid hunting license and a Migratory Bird Permit if hunting waterfowl. In addition to the requirements for youths 10-15, youths 16 must have the appropriate supplemental license (Type 05 Waterfowl, Type 09 Gun, Type 10 Archery, or Type 11 Muzzleloader) and a Federal Duck Stamp if hunting waterfowl. Everyone who hunts on a WMA is required to have a WMA permit except Sportsman License holders and youths under 16 hunting small game and waterfowlwhen accompanied by an adult with a valid permit.

Deer Hunts

Oct. 30-31, 2021 and Jan. 8-9, 2022

Antlered limit: 2, no more than 1 per day, (counts toward statewide limit). Antlerless bag: Units A,B,C, D = 2; Units L, CWD = 3/day.

Bear Hunt

Oct. 30-31, 2021

Limit one (1) per year, either sex. Bear Hunting Zones 1, 2, and 3 only. No dogs allowed.

Waterfowl Hunts

Feb. 5 and 12, 2022

Same as regular season daily bag limits. 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

March 26-27, 2022

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

April 9-10, 2022

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

One (1) bearded turkey per day, which counts toward the statewide bag.