Mississippi's archery season opened October 1 in the Hill and Delta Zones and will open October 15 in the Southeast Zone. Longbows, recurves, compound bows, and crossbows are all considered legal archery equipment and can be used during all hunting seasons for deer. There is no minimum or maximum draw weight, no minimum arrow length, and both fixed or mechanical broadheads may be used.
"Deer numbers are high statewide, and this year's crop of two year old bucks should be outstanding. Also, the mast crop is looking good, which is a recipe for abundant bowhunting opportunities," says MDWFP Deer Program Biologist, David Graves. "Hunters should place stands in prime feeding areas, and hopefully favorable fall weather will be conducive to improved deer movement."
MDWFP reminds all Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunters that they are required to wear a full-body harness (fall-arrest system) while climbing a tree, installing a tree stand that uses climbing aids, or while hunting from a tree stand on a WMA. While only required on WMAs, MDWFP also urges all hunters to wear and know how to properly use a full-body harness while hunting from an elevated position. Take time before your hunt to be sure you have all the proper safety equipment, and remember that the most important part of the hunt is making it home.
Photo by Steve Guledge