Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Monday, October 05, 2015

MS Deer Seasons @ Delta Zone


Mississippi has three zones, Hill Zone, Southeast Zone and Delta Zone.  I hunt in the Delta Zone.  The Delta Zone is on private and open public lands west of Interstate 55 and north of Interstate 20 plus areas south of Interstate 20 west of U.S. 61.

A legal buck is defined as having either a minimum inside spread of 12 inches or a minimum main beam length of 15 inches.

Archery
Oct. 1 - Nov. 20
Legal Deer:  Either sex on private land and open public land.
Youth Gun - Nov. 7 - Jan. 31
Legal Deer:  Either sex on private land and authorized state and federal land.  (ages 15 and under).
Early primitive weapons hunt - Nov. 9-20
Legal Deer:  Anterless deer only on private and open public land.
Gun (With Dogs) - Nov. 21 - Dec. 1
Legal Deer:  Either sex on private land; Legal bucks only on open public land.
Primitive Weapon - Dec. 2-15
Either sex on private land and open public land.
Gun (Without Dogs) - Dec. 16-23
Either sex on private land and open public land.
Gun (With Dogs) - Dec. 24-Jan. 20
Legal Deer: Either sex on private land; Legal bucks only on open public land.
Archery/Primitive Weapon - Jan 21-31
Legal Deer:  Either sex on private land; Legal bucks only on open public land.

Bag Limits
Antlered Buck Deer:  The bag limit on antlered buck deer is one buck per day, not to exceed three per license year.  Legal bucks must meet the antler criteria within the appropriate deer management zone.  For youth hunters 15 years of age and younger, hunting on private land and authorized state and federal lands, all of the three buck bag limit may be any antlered deer.
Antlerless Deer:  The bag limit on antlerless deer is one per day, not to exceed five per license year on private land or three on U.S. Forest Service National Forest land.  Antlerless deer are defined as any female deer and any male deer without hardened antler above the hairline.  Spotted fawns are not to be killed or molested at any time.

Legal Weapons
Youth Gun:  Youth may carry and use any firearm with which they can safely hunt, and in compliance with other applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
Archery:  Longbows, re curves, compound bows, and crossbows.  There is no minimum or maximum draw weight.  There is no minimum arrow length.  Fixed or mechanical broad heads may be used.

Primitive Weapons:  For the purpose of hunting deer, "Primitive Firearms" are defined as all archery equipment single or double barreled muzzle-loading rifles of at least .28 caliber; or single shot, breech loading, metallic cartridge rifles (.35 caliber of larger) and replicas, reproductions, or reintroduction of those type rifles with an exposed hammer; or single or double-barreled muzzle loading shotguns, with single ball or slug.  All muzzle loading primitive firearms must use black powder or a black powder substitute with percussion caps, No. 209 shotgun primers, or flintlock ignition.  "Black powder substitute" is defined as a substance designed, manufactured and specifically intended to be used as a propellant in muzzle loading or other black powder firearms, excluding modern smokeless powder.  Metallic cartridges may be loaded with either black powder or modern smokeless powder (cartridges purchased at sporting goods stores).  Handguns or sidearms are not allowed for hunt deer during Primitive Weapons seasons.  Telescopic sights are allowed while hunting with any primitive firearm during the primitive weapon seasons.  A "telescopic sight" is defined as an optical sighting device with any magnification.
During any open season on deer with primitive weapons after Nov. 30, a person may use any legal weapon of choice on private lands only, if the person is the title owner of the land, the lessee of the hunting rights on the land, a member of a hunting club leasing the hunting rights on the land, or a guest of a person specified above.  If the person is required to have a hunting license, the person must have a primitive weapons license, Sportsman's License, or a Lifetime Sportsman's license. 

Guns:  There are no caliber or magazine capacity restrictions on firearms.  Primitive weapons (as defined above) and archery equipment may be used during gun seasons.

Contact Information
MDWFP Biologist:  David Graves  361-935-1069, or davidg@mdwfp.state.ms.us
MDWFP Biologist:  Kamen Campbell  601-757-0913 or KamenC@mdwfp.state.ms.us

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