Mississippi’s 2017-18 Early Migratory Bird Seasons Announced

JACKSON  – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2017-2018 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds during its April meeting in Jackson, Mississippi. These dates are listed in the table below; and include hunting seasons for doves, resident Canada geese, early teal, rails, snipe, and woodcock. Legal hunting hours for migratory game bird seasons are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

 

SPECIES SEASON DATES DAILY BAG LIMIT POSSESSION
Mourning and

White-winged Doves (North Zone)

Sept. 2, 2017- Oct. 8, 2017 AND Oct. 21, 2017- Nov. 4, 2017 AND Dec. 9, 2017- Jan. 15, 2018 15 Singly or in aggregate 45 Singly or in aggregate
Mourning and

White-winged Doves (South Zone)

Sept. 2, 2017- Sept. 10, 2017 AND Oct. 7, 2017- Nov. 11, 2017 AND Dec. 2, 2017- Jan. 15, 2018 15 Singly or in aggregate 45 Singly or in aggregate
September Teal Sept. 9, 2017- Sept. 24, 2017 6 18
September Canada Geese Sept. 1, 2017- Sept. 30, 2017 5 15
Woodcock Dec. 18, 2017- Jan. 31, 2018 3 9
Snipe Nov. 14, 2017- Feb. 28, 2018 8 24
Moorhens and Gallinules Sept. 2, 2017- Nov. 10, 2017 15 Singly or in aggregate 45 Singly or in aggregate
Rails: Clapper and King Sept. 2, 2017- Nov. 10, 2017 15 Singly or in aggregate 45 Singly or in aggregate
Rails: Sora and Virginia Sept. 2, 2017- Nov. 10, 2017 25 Singly or in aggregate 75 Singly or in aggregate

Mississippi is divided into two zones to maximize hunting opportunities throughout the state. The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.

For more information regarding migratory birds in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl or call us at (601) 432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.