Mississippi 2023-2024 Small Game Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits

Youth Squirrel Season

  • Dates: Sept. 23 - 30
  • Age Requirement: Youth 15 and under
  • Locations: Private lands and authorized state and federal lands
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 squirrels per youth

Squirrel Fall Season

  • Dates: Sept. 30 - Feb. 28
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 squirrels per hunter

Squirrel Spring Season

  • Dates: May 15 - June 1
  • Daily Bag Limit: 4 squirrels per hunter

Rabbit Season

  • Dates: Oct. 14 - Feb. 28
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 rabbits per hunter

Bobwhite Quail Season

  • Dates: Nov. 23 - March 2
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8 quails per hunter

Frog Gigging Season

  • Dates: April 1 - Sept. 30
  • Nightly Bag Limit: 25 frogs per night per hunter

Raccoon Limited Season

  • Dates: July 1 - Sept. 30
  • Nightly Bag Limit: 1 raccoon per party per night

Early Opossum, Raccoon, and Bobcat Season

  • Dates for Food and Sport: Sept. 30 - Oct. 31
  • Daily Bag Limit: 5 per day per hunter or 8 per party

Late Opossum, Raccoon and Bobcat Season

  • Dates for Food, Sport, and Pelt: Nov. 1 - Feb. 28
  • Daily Bag Limit: No limit

Trapping Season

  • Dates: Nov. 1 - March 15
  • Bag Limit: No limit on the number of furbearer species trapped

Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons & Limits for 2023-2024

Season Dates and Bag Limits Overview

September Canada Geese

  • Season Period: September 1 - September 30
  • Daily Bag Limit: 5
  • Possession Limit: 15
    • Note: Closed on Roebuck Lake in Leflore county.

White-winged and Mourning Doves (North Zone)*

  • Season Periods:
    • September 2 - October 15
    • October 28 - November 26
    • December 30 - January 14
  • Daily Bag Limit: 15 (can be combined)
  • Possession Limit: 45 (can be combined)

White-winged and Mourning Doves (South Zone)**

  • Season Periods:
    • September 2 - September 24
    • October 7 - November 5
    • December 23 - January 28
  • Daily Bag Limit: 15 (can be combined)
  • **Possession Limit:**45 (can be combined)

September Teal

  • Season Period: September 9 - September 24
  • Daily Bag Limit: 6
  • Possession Limit: 18

Rails (Sora & Virginia) and Gallinules

  • Season Periods:
    • September 1 - October 1
    • November 23 - December 31
  • Daily Bag Limit: 25 (Rails), 15 (Gallinules) (can be combined)
  • Possession Limit: 75 (Rails), 45 (Gallinules) (can be combined)

Crow

  • Season Period: November 4 - February 29
  • Daily Bag Limit: None
  • Possession Limit: None

Snipe

  • Season Period: November 14 - February 28
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8
  • Possession Limit: 24

Geese (Various Species)

  • Season Periods:
    • November 10 - November 26
    • December 1 - December 3
    • December 9 - January 31
  • Daily Bag Limits:
    • Canada Goose: 5
    • Snow/Blue/Ross’s Geese: 20
    • White-fronted Goose: 3
    • Brant: 1
  • Possession Limits:
    • Canada Goose: 15
    • Snow/Blue/Ross’s Geese: No limit
    • White-fronted Goose: 9
    • Brant: 3

Ducks, Mergansers, & Coots

  • Season Periods:
    • November 24 - November 26
    • December 1-3
    • December 9 - January 31
  • Daily Bag Limit: See specific regulations.
  • Possession Limit: See specific regulations.

Woodcock

  • Season Period: December 18 - January 31
  • Daily Bag Limit: 3
  • Possession Limit: 9

Youth, Veteran, and Active Military Waterfowl Days

  • Dates: February 3 - 4, 2024
  • Restrictions: Same as in the regular season.

Special Seasons and Regulations

Light Goose Conservation Order

  • Season Periods:
    • October 1 - November 9
    • November 27 - November 30
    • December 4 - December 8
    • February 1 - February 2
    • February 5 - March 31
  • Daily Bag Limit: None
  • Possession Limit: None
  • Extended Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Special Permits: Requires a Mississippi hunting license, state waterfowl stamp, and free Light Goose Conservation Order permit number.

Notes and Additional Information

  • Dove Zones:

    • *North Zone: Areas north of U.S. Hwy 84 and areas south of U.S. Hwy 84, west of MS Hwy 35.
    • **South Zone: Areas south of U.S. Hwy 84 and east of MS Hwy 35.
  • Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except for the Light Goose Conservation Order.

  • Light Goose Conservation Order Permit Application: Available online at the MDWFP Waterfowl page.

  • Methods of Take for Light Goose Conservation Order:

    • Eligible Geese: Snow, Blue, and Ross’s Geese
    • Use of electronic calls is permitted.
    • Unplugged shotguns are allowed.
    • Hunters must use non-toxic shot.

The Light Goose Conservation Order is a wildlife management initiative aimed at reducing the populations of certain geese outside of standard hunting seasons through more liberal regulations, including unlimited bag limits and extended hunting hours.

Migratory Game Bird Hunting Limits

The general guideline for hunters tracking migratory game birds is that the Possession Limit is set at three times the daily bag limit. This rule is consistent across all bird species with the exception of opening day deviations, or unless specified otherwise in the regulations.

Ducks Daily Bag and Possession Limits

For duck enthusiasts, the daily limit is a composite of six ducks. This assortment includes a maximum of 4 mallards, with a further stipulation that only 2 may be female. Hunters can also bag up to 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, and a single mottled duck in their daily total. Similarly, the limit for black ducks stands at 2, with a pintail daily cap of one. Scaup enthusiasts should note variable daily limits throughout the season: 1 scaup from November 24-26, December 1-3, and December 9-17; following these dates, 2 scaup are permitted from December 18 to January 31.

Mergansers Daily Bag and Possession Limits

The daily bag limit for mergansers is 5, which includes a tighter constraint of only 2 hooded mergansers.

Coots Daily Bag and Possession Limits

Coot hunter? The daily bag limit for these birds is set at 15.

These limitations are crucial for conserving migratory game bird populations and ensuring sustainable hunting practices. Hunters need to be aware of these restrictions to comply with wildlife conservation laws and to support the ecological balance of these species.

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