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MDWFP adopts 2019-20 deer season regulations

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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife has adopted new regulations for the 2019-20 deer hunting season.

While many rules will remain the same, notable changes include an antlerless bag limit increase to 5 deer in all hunting zones except the Southeast, which remains at 2.

Also, hunters who submit a deer that tests positive for CWD during the hunting season and relinquish the meat will receive a tag to harvest one extra deer for that season.

A hunt plan for the newly acquired Phil Bryant WMA is also included in the proposals.

The full list of regulations can be seen below:

Public and Private Land

  • Increase antlerless bag limit to five (5), except remain two (2) in the Southeast Zone.
  • Bonus tag for hunters that submit a CWD-positive deer during hunting season and choose to relinquish the meat.

Private Land Only

  • Allow one of three-buck bag limit to be any antlered deer.

WMAs and Open Public Land

  • Allow antlerless harvest Dec. 2–15 (primitive weapon) on open public lands and certain WMAs.
  • Only youth may harvest sub-criteria antlered deer.

Upper Sardis WMA and Holly Springs National Forest

  • Allow antlerless harvest from Oct. 1–Jan. 31.
  • Allow one of three-buck bag limit to be any antlered deer.


Backwoods Unit

  • 4 subunits: Deer, waterfowl, and small game
  • Group hunting and camping
  • Draw a party of 4 per hunt (16 hunters per hunt)
  • Wednesday – Sunday
  • Every other week starting October 1 – January 14
  • Group bag limit of 4 legal bucks and 8 antlerless deer

Buck Bayou Unit

Deer draw hunts (same as Mahannah)

  • October – archery only
  • November/December – Gun
  • Jan 1 – 14 – Open archery hunting
  • Small game seasons same as Mahannah

Waterfowl Hunts

  • 41 units on Mahannah and Buck Bayou
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday

Ten Point

Deer Draw Hunts

  • Thursday – Sunday
  • Oct/Nov – Archery
  • December – Gun
  • Youth/Handicapped only — Dec 26 – Jan 12

Waterfowl and small game – open on days not deer hunting (Mon-Wed)

GooseGoose Lake

  • Boating or walk-in access only

Deer Draw Hunts

  • Thursday – Sunday
  • October 3– January 12 – Archery

Waterfowl and Small Game – Monday–Wednesday

General Regulations


  • Season Bag Limit – 3 deer, of which only 1 may be a legal buck (Antler Criteria of 16/20)
  • Mandatory CWD sample submission for all antlerless deer
  • Trapping —- Jan. 1 – February 28 daily


  • From Oct. 1 – Jan. 14, fishing is allowed on small game/waterfowl hunting days.


  • Retrieval only
  • Designated road and trails only


  • Prohibited Oct. 1 – Jan. 14.
  • From Jan. 15 – Sept. 30, designated roads and trails for recreational use
  • only.

High Water/Flooding

  • Mahannah and Phil Bryant WMAs will be closed to all activities, except waterfowl hunting, at 82ft on the SB landside gauge.
  • Waterfowl hunting shall open daily on 10 Point and Goose Lake units during the waterfowl season after 82ft on the SB landside gauge.
  • Waterfowl hunting is draw only on Mahannah and Buck Bayou Units during the waterfowl season after 82ft on the SB landside gauge.

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