Major Changes to Hunting Regulations Announced, Effective Immediately

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks (MDWFP) has officially announced several major changes to statewide deer and turkey hunting seasons that were approved during a September 19, 2018 commission meeting held in Jackson, Mississippi and will take effect for the upcoming seasons.

One of the significant changes regarding deer season is that it is now lawful to hunt less than 100 yards from feed or a feeder.

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation affirms its opposition to the practice of hunting game species over bait.

Deer Season approved changes
1.) Importation of cervid carcasses from ANY state, regardless of CWD status is now prohibited.
2.) It is lawful to hunt less than 100 yards from feed or a feeder.
3.) Beginning, July 1, 2019, it is unlawful to use natural scents or lures that contain natural cervid, biofluids, or other biological material.

Turkey Season approved changes
1.) Supplemental feeding from March 1 to the last day of turkey season is prohibited.
2.) Mandatory harvest reporting for wild turkeys will begin during the 2019 spring turkey season.

The new regulations can be viewed in full on the MDWFP website by clicking here.

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation is compiling comments on these changes to submit to the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

You can submit your comments anonymously by clicking here and/or you can also contact Lindsey Lemmons, Executive Director of The Mississippi Wildlife Federation by email llemmons@mswf.org or by phone 601-605-1790.