August 26, 2021

Hunting seasons: Mark your calendars, take your guns in the house

Therese Apel

A deer seen on a game camera
A deer seen on a game camera.

With hunting season upon us, Brandon Police Chief Bubba Thompson is reminding hunters to protect their guns and gear.

“Hunters, please do not leave your bow, shotgun, or rifle in the truck overnight. I know that you should not have to worry about someone getting into your truck, but we do have an occasional auto burglary in Brandon,” the chief posted on Facebook Thursday. “When we do, most of the time we have a weapon stolen. 9 out of 10 times is an unforced entry into an unlocked vehicle.”

It’s not just guns, he said.

“Also, please do not leave your $300 Yeti cooler in the back of your truck overnight,” Thompson wrote.

Car and truck doors need to be locked, Thompson said, and the keys should never be left inside, especially overnight.

“This is becoming more and more an issue,” he said. “Everyone have a fun but safe hunting season.”


Here is a list of the Mississippi hunting season dates:

Source: MDWFP
Alligator in a swamp.


Mississippi Alligator Seasons

General Season Public Waters: Aug. 27-Sept. 6
Private Lands: Aug. 28-Sept. 20
*In Mississippi, alligators may only be hunted by special permit. Permits can be applied for online.

Mississippi Deer Seasons

Archery: Oct. 1-Nov. 29**
Youth Gun: Nov. 6-19 and Nov. 20-Feb. 15**
Firearms: Nov. 20-Jan. 19**
Primitive Weapon Antlerless: Nov. 8-19**, Jan. 20-Feb. 15**
**Season dates vary by zone, as well as for hunting with and without dogs. For more information on hunting dates in your area, check out the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website.

Photo source: NWTF
Wild Turkey.

Mississippi Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall General Season: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Spring Youth Season: March 8-14
Spring General Season :March 15-May 1
Fall turkey season is open by permit only on private lands in specific Mississippi counties. For more information on where you can hunt turkey in Mississippi, visit the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website.


Mississippi Small Game Seasons

Rabbit: Oct. 16-Feb. 28
Bobwhite Quail: Nov. 25-March 5
Raccoon Food and sport: Oct. 1-31
Food, sport, and pelt: Nov. 1-Feb. 28
Opossum Food and sport: Oct. 1-31
Food, sport, and pelt: Nov. 1-Feb. 28
Fall Squirrel: Oct. 1-Feb. 28
Spring Squirrel: May 15-June 1
Youth Squirrel: Sept. 24-30

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Mississippi hunting seasons vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website.

Hunting licenses, which are required for several Mississippi hunting seasons, may be purchased online. Licenses are available for both Mississippi resident and nonresident hunters.


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