FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 23, 2003
Archery Hunting Begins Oct. 1
JACKSON - Archery season, the first of Mississippi's deer hunting seasons, begins Oct. 1 statewide and will continue through Nov. 21, according to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
Antlerless deer and legal bucks can be taken statewide on private land.
Legal bucks are those with four or more antler points. An antler point is defined as any antler protrusion that would hold any size ring.
"Those planning to hunt on wildlife management areas should consult the rules and regulations concerning each WMA because they might be different from the rules governing private land," said Assistant Chief of Wildlife Ron Seiss.
The bag limit is one legal buck per day, not to exceed three per license year and one antlerless deer per day, not to exceed three per license year, except that two additional antlerless deer may be taken with a bow and arrow.
"No matter how the first three antlerless deer are taken, antlerless deer four and five must be taken with a bow and arrow," explained Seiss.
Hunting hours during deer season are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
"Due to the amount of rainfall we've been receiving, habitat and browse conditions are looking good which usually produce healthy deer," Chief of Wildlife Larry Castle said.
"There has been some late breeding occurring with deer throughout the state, and as a result, many does will still have young fawns during the first two weeks of archery season," Castle said.
Officials are asking hunters to be cautious when harvesting a doe unless fawns are present. If there are no spots showing on the fawns, there is minimal danger of negatively impacting them when taking the doe.
"This discretion should be used by all bow hunters during the first two weeks of archery season since it is in the best interest of the deer herd," Castle said.
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