JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2015-2016 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds during its monthly meeting on June 10, 2015. These early seasons include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, dove, and rails.
This year, mourning dove season will open statewide on Friday, September 4 at noon and Mississippi hunters will once again enjoy a 90-day, 15-bird daily bag limit. The possession limit is 45 birds.
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. Season dates for the North Zone are as follows: September 4 – October 7; October 10 – October 31; and December 13 – January 15, 2016. The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35. Season dates for the South Zone are as follows: September 4 – September 13; October 10 – November 15; and December 4 – January 15, 2016. After opening day, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.
Early teal, Canada geese, gallinules, rails, snipe, and woodcock seasons and bag limits may be found 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.