Deer pushed out of their habitat north of Vicksburg, MS, April 2011 flood.
The state wildlife regulators are expanding an order closing all open hunting seasons, except waterfowl, for the duration of the current high water event along the Mississippi River because rising waters are forcing deer and other animals out of their natural habitat.
Effective at the closing of legal hunting hours on Sunday, hunting seasons to include wild hogs will close from Vicksburg south to Port Gibson, west of Highway 61; from Port Gibson south to Highway 84 in Natchez, west of the Natchez Trace and from Natchez, south to the state line, west of Highway 61.
Waters are not expected to recede until after the close of most opening hunting seasons. Sunday's closure will remain effective until river levels drop or until the previously established ending date for the season - whichever occurs first.