Hunting in Mississippi

Mississippi Hunting at Glance

Hunting in Mississippi is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of the many types of game that are available. There are a few things to keep in mind when hunting in Mississippi, such as regulations and the most common types of game.

The Mississippi Delta is one of the best duck hunting destinations in the world. Some areas are accessible to all hunters, while others are limited-access only.

Quail hunting is on the decline, but doves are still plentiful, and the start of the dove season is still a significant event in Mississippi culture.

Mississippi has one of the greatest deer herds in North America and one of the best deer to hunters ratios. In Mississippi, a hunter is very likely to encounter an old, mature whitetail, according to statistics.

Mississippi ranks #17 in the nation for hunting license per capita and has a strong hunting culture with over 9.1% of the population classified as registered hunters.

Key Insights

  • Hunting in Mississippi is a popular outdoor activity, with 9.1% of the population being registered hunters.
  • The Mississippi Delta is a well-known destination for duck hunting, with some areas being limited-access only.
  • Mississippi has one of the largest deer herds in North America and a high deer to hunter ratio.
  • The state is predominantly private land, with only 4.22% being considered huntable public land.
  • Mississippi ranks #14 in the percentage of private land vs total acres and #22 in terms of acres of tribal land.

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Hunters (Based on Hunting Licenses)
Population: 2,961,279
Hunters 269,476
Hunter % 9.1%
Hunters Rank 17

The state of Mississippi is predominantly private land and only 4.22% of the total acres could be considred huntable public land. In fact, Mississippi ranks #38 overall in acres of public huntable land.

Land Types (Acres)
Acres % Rank
Total 30,025,000
Huntable Public 1,268,000 4.22% 38
Private Land 28,350,830 94.42% 14
Tribal Land 20,700 0.068% 22

Mississippi ranks #14 for the percentage of private land vs total acres and number 22 in terms of acres of tribal land.

Mississippi Hunting Seasons & Requirements

For the most accurate information on Mississippi Hunting Seasons, along with the state’s requirements for tag and bag limits, it’s a good idea to check with the Mississippi DNR.  We’ve provided their contact information below, along with links to helpful resources, including licensing.

Mississippi DNR

1505 Eastover Drive
500 Lafayette Road
Jackson, MS 39211

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Popular Game to Hunt in Mississippi

Mississippi offers a variety of big game and small game hunting opportunities. For big game hunters, white tail deer, black bear feral hog are popular, while for small game hunters there are turkey, rabbits, quail and waterfowl to bag.

Small Game Hunting in Mississippi

Mississippi is home to a variety of small game, making it a popular destination for hunters from all over the country. The most sought-after species include squirrel, rabbit, quail, dove, and pheasant. While each offers its own unique challenge, all can be found in abundance throughout the state. Mississippi’s forests provide the perfect habitat for squirrels, while rabbits are commonly found in open fields and along the edge of woods. Quail tend to stick to areas with dense vegetation, while doves can be found in both rural and urban areas. Pheasants, on the other hand, are typically found in agricultural areas. With so many options available, it’s no wonder that small game hunting is such a popular pastime in Mississippi.

Big Game Hunting in Mississippi

When it comes to big game hunting in Mississippi, there are a few animals that stand out above the rest. White-tailed deer are by far the most popular, with thousands of hunters taking to the woods every year in pursuit of these magnificent creatures. Black bears are another favorite, although they are becoming increasingly rare in Mississippi. And finally, feral hogs have become a popular quarry in recent years, as they cause significant damage to crops and property. Whichever animal you choose to hunt, Mississippi offers some of the best big game hunting in the country.

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Where are the Best Areas to Hunt in Mississippi

Mississippi offers great hunting opportunities across the state, both on public and private land. We’ve included some of the best areas for public hunting below and as we have access we’ll be adding more private land too.

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Popular Public Hunting Land in Mississippi

There are five national forests in the state, each with its own unique habitats and species. The Delta National Forest is the largest forest in Mississippi and is known for its large population of white-tailed deer. The Tombigbee National Forest is also home to a large number of deer, as well as other game such as turkey, quail, and rabbit. The Desoto National Forest is known for its abundant squirrel population, while the Bienville National Forest is a popular destination for hog hunting. The Holly Springs National Forest is home to a variety of game species, including deer, turkey, and quail. Regardless of what you are looking to hunt, there is sure to be a national forest in Mississippi that meets your needs.

1. Delta National Forest
2. Tombigbee National Forest
3. Desoto National Forest
4. Bienville National Forest
5. Holly Springs National Forest

Hunting Private Land in Mississippi

Since the majority of Mississippi is private land getting access for hunting can be very appealing. When you hunt private land, it’s not only less crowded, the animals also tend to be less skittish and this means you’ll have a better day out in the field.  Traditionally, accessing private land for hunting has been complicated and expensive.  You either needed to join a club, hire a guide, or start knocking on doors.

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