Mississippi Hunting Season: Everything You Need to Know


As a state known for its vast land and rich wildlife, Mississippi is one of the most ideal places for hunters to visit. However, before planning any hunting trips, it’s crucial to know what season it is in Mississippi. This blog post will provide you with an overview of the different hunting seasons in Mississippi.

Deer Hunting Season

Deer hunting season in Mississippi varies depending on which area and method you use. For archery-only deer hunting, the season starts from October 1 until November 19. On the other hand, general gun deer hunting usually begins during Thanksgiving week (around late November) until mid-December.

Small Game Hunting Season

Small game animals are abundant throughout the state of Mississippi. The small game animal species include rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, opossums and foxes among others—all have their own specific seasons within which they can be legally hunted. Squirrel hunting is available from October 1 through February 28 statewide; rabbit and quail season opens statewide on November 21st; and raccoon & opossum has no closed season but requires a valid license tag or permit.

Waterfowl Hunting Season

Mississippi offers some excellent waterfowl opportunities during winter when ducks migrate through the area headed southward towards warmer climate zones. The waterfowl hunting period typically runs from Thanksgiving weekend until January 31st each year.


Before planning your next hunt in Mississippi ensure that you familiarize yourself with all relevant regulations regarding bag limits as well as licenses required (both resident & non-resident). It’s important to note that not knowing current laws or following them could result in hefty fines or even imprisonment—the last thing anyone wants after a memorable experience outdoors!