Early Migratory Game Bird Season Dates Finalized

The Mississippi Flyway Council voted to adopt the liberal regulatory alternative on July 24, 2009. This means Mississippi waterfowl hunters will have the opportunity to hunt 60 days with a 6-duck daily bag limit for the 2009-2010 waterfowl hunting season according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will set the waterfowl season dates and bag limits within the allowable U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servi

JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2009-2010 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds on July 22, 2009 at their monthly meeting, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). 

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases early-season frameworks that provide a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates.  This year, early season structures and regulations will be very similar to last year.

“There are no major changes from last year’s season dates.  Hunters statewide will again enjoy a 70-day dove season with a 15-bird daily bag limit,” explained Ed Penny, MDWFP Migratory Game Bird Program Coordinator.

For the North Dove Zone, there will be 3 dove season segments:  September 5 – September 27, October 10 – November 3, and December 25 – January 15.  The daily dove bag limit is 15 birds, and the possession limit is 30 birds.  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 will also have 3 season segments:  September 5 – September 13, October 10 – November 4, and December 12 – January 15.  The daily bag limit is 15 birds, and the possession limit is 30 birds.  The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.

The resident Canada goose season will occur statewide from September 1 – 15.  The daily bag limit is 5 Canada geese with a possession limit of 10 birds. The early teal season, September 12 – 27, allows a daily bag limit of 4 teal with a possession limit of 8 birds.  Legal species for early teal season include all species of teal. Legal shooting hours for resident Canada geese and early teal seasons are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Hunting seasons for rails (sora, Virginia, clapper, and king rails), moorhens, and gallinules will occur simultaneously from September 26 – December 4.  Daily bag limit for moorhens and gallinules is 15 singly, or in aggregate (total of 15 regardless of species).  Daily bag limit for sora and Virginia rails is 25 singly, or in aggregate of the two species (total of 25 regardless of species).  For clapper and king rails, the daily bag limit is 15 singly, or in aggregate of the two species (total of 15 regardless of species).  Possession limits for rails, moorhens, and gallinules is double the daily bag limit, except for sora and Virginia rails, which have a possession limit equal to the daily bag limit of 25, regardless of species.

Snipe hunting season will occur from November 14 – February 28.  Daily bag limit is 8 snipe with a possession limit of 16 birds.  Woodcock hunting season will occur from December 18 – January 31, with a daily bag limit of 3 woodcock and a possession limit of 6 birds.

Leave a Comment