White-tailed deer gun season opens Saturday

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Mississippi’s white-tailed deer gun season opens Nov. 19 and closes Dec. 1,

The state Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks department reminded state residents of the hunting season through a press release on Friday.

The release notes that legal deer include legal bucks and antlerless deer on private lands and only legal bucks on open public lands.  The antlered buck bag limit is one buck per day not to exceed three per annual season. Some management areas have specific limits that hunters should make themselves aware of, the department said.

Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season, the department said.

Hunters are urged to practice good hunter ethics and follow all safety rules to avoid hunting and firearm-related accidents.

The department reminds hunters that when hunting deer during any firearms season for deer, a hunter must wear in full view at least five hundred square inches of solid unbroken fluorescent orange unless hunting in a stand at least twelve feet above ground or in a fully enclosed deer stand or blind.  However, hunters must wear hunter orange while traveling to and from their stand.

All persons born on or after January 1, 1972, are required to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license, the department said in its news release.  Each resident of Mississippi age 16 through 64 must obtain a hunting license, except while hunting on lands titled in his/her name.

Hunters can find information about deer hunting, season dates, and hunting regulations at www.mdwfp.com or in the 2016-17 Mississippi Outdoor Digest.