JACKSON, Miss.-- Thousands of Mississippi hunters will be up pre-dawn Saturday creeping into the woods around the state like a small militia on one mission.
That on mission, of course, is to take a deer of their choosing.
Hunters is most areas of the state will have the option of doing that with a firearm starting Saturday.
The Mississippi Wildlife Department of Fisheries and Parks are gearing up for the big weekend.
Chad Dacus Wildlife Bureau Assistant Director said, "We'll have all of our staff ready. They'll be law enforcement officers patrolling all across the state and on our wildlife management areas we'll have full staffs."
Hunters need to remember to have their blaze orange on at all times in the woods and Dacus had a few tips for anyone heading to the woods this season.
"A couple of things to keep in mind: all ways be aware of your target, always know what you're shooting at, and if you're hunting in an elevated stand be sure to wear a safety harness."
Inevitably situations do arise that need the attention of a game warden or law enforcement each season though.
Dacus urged, "The best thing a person can do is call 1-800-BESMART. That will take you right to our operator to get someone out to your location."
He added for hunters to make sure the number one priority they have is safety and to make sure they come home from each hunt.
For more information on the specifics deers season in Mississippi visit here.