Mississippi Suspends Doe Harvests on Public Land for 2017-18

In a recent news release Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has issued an official statement regarding changes made to it’s hunters ability to harvest antlerless deer on public land.

Bag Limits
Delta, Northeast, East Central, and Southwest Zones: 3 antlerless deer per annual season.
Southeast Zone: 1 antlerless deer per day, not to exceed 2 per annual season.

Open Public Land
Suspend antlerless opportunity except during Archery Only and Youth Gun Seasons.

You read that correctly. On public land in 2017-18 it will be illegal to harvest a doe with a gun of any type unless you are a youth hunter. Drastic measures for a state that has hunters who claim the deer numbers are soaring and a high number of deer carcasses laying on the shoulder of I-55. What’s your take on this decision and would you like to see similar adjustments in Louisiana?

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22 replies
  1. Christopher keller
    Christopher keller says:

    The reason there are so many hit is one the temps we’ve had the last two years has had deer messed up and moving at night we have to extend the season not eliminate doe harvest trust me the amount of doe to bucks I’ve seen is out rageous

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  2. John
    John says:

    It’s just open public land. WMA’s will still be able to decide whether or not they’ll allow doe harvest. Every WMA creates their own set of rules with respect to bag limits and antler restrictions.

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  3. Woodie
    Woodie says:

    Does outnumber bucks because if it’s a legal buck it dies. No restraint by hunters, they are unable to let it walk. Their rational is if I don’t shoot it the next hunter will! Here’s a fact for you: you can only control the actions of one person, yourself. Here’s another fact: if you shoot it, you know it won’t live!

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  4. JW
    JW says:

    If they’re really wanting to “help the herd”, the first thing that needs to go is GPS dog hunting, or dog hunting all together. Then come at me about legitimate “hunters” being the problem. There is no “fair chase” in GPS dog hunting.

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    • Anonymous
      Anonymous says:

      Lol. Sitting over a corn pile for a deer that’s starving in the winter is fair chase? We all have different ways to hunt! It’s our right! Don’t criticize the way other people hunt! Yes I’m a dog hunter and we do it on our private 15,000 acres! We don’t kill every deer we see, we have a management program and we have still hunters as well!

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      • Leverett Brown
        Leverett Brown says:

        I still hunt only, because that’s how I like to hunt. I don’t want anyone telling me I can’t still hunt. I would feel the same way if I dog hunted. I wouldn’t want anyone to tell me that I can’t dog hunt.

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      • Anonymous
        Anonymous says:

        Hunters should be allowed to hunt the way that they choose, true , but we don’t have enough cold in the winter for our deer to starve, the decline in any southern deer population is due to the increase of hogs because of states NOT allowing hunting with dogs only trapping, the hogs multiply faster than the deer and will feed on newborn fawns.

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        • Anonymous
          Anonymous says:

          Even poor hunters? Club? Or do you own? Must be nice. Wonder how many youths that grow up poor would enjoy that? If you have money you can do anything in this free country.

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      • George O.
        George O. says:

        I don’t mind people dog hunting as long as they control them and keep them on their property. I have had problems with dog hunters running them across our private still hunting leases that clearly posted. I’ve recorded the deer going straight nocturnal once them come through.

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        • Anonymous
          Anonymous says:

          That’s why we have GPS machines, we can better track our dogs… just because we know where they are going, doesn’t mean that A) the deer they are trailing is legal or B) we get there in time to even see the deer… the gps is only for us to better locate the dog

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      • Anonymous
        Anonymous says:

        Hummm! 15000 acres. Club? Or do you own? Must be nice. Wonder how many youths that grow up poor would enjoy that? If you have money you can do anything in this free country.

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  5. Kevin Langford
    Kevin Langford says:

    Huge increase in coyotes, fawn kill is devastating, large decrease in population where I hunt N.Ms. I’m seeing coyotes everywhere, just listen after dark anywhere

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    • George O.
      George O. says:

      I hear you. I hunt in NM also and deer populations have dramatically dropped due to coyotes and poachers. Ever since the fur prices have all but gone to zero you hardly even see rabbits.

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  6. Donald Toups
    Donald Toups says:

    My land has had a drop in doe population. It is because of the age of the timber, most of the canopy is covered. It is not really effected by hunting as I do not shoot does. I leave them for the grandkids and guests. We killed two this year. It is all private land around me but Tunica Hills is not far away. I do not want to see a change in any limit of deer taken in my area although I have only killed a buck limit one time. I have never killed a limit on does, do not intend to. Private land for the most part is managed well by the owners. Each have their expectations and rules, put together private land is doing a good job of policing themselves.

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