Mississippi Deer News

... archery only. Hunters chosen in a drawing will pay $300 for hunts below the spillway and $200 in the Pelahatchie Bay zones...

Spotlighting deer is bad business July 28, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledger 
... Even having a loaded weapon along with a spotlight in a vehicle can lead to an arrest.  
According to Walker, conviction can bring up to a $5,000 fine ...

MSU Extension to host deer management workshops July 24, 2015 Mississippi, Mississippi State University Cares
... The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering two deer management workshops in August to hunters and professionals working with white-tailed deer populations.  The first workshop will be held at the Mississippi Natural Science Museum in Jackson on Aug. 15. The second workshop will be held at Thompson Hall on the MSU campus in Starkville on Aug. 22...

MDWFP urges residents to ignore white tail deer fawns July 11, 2015 Mississippi, Sun Herald
...  "If you encounter a fawn, do not pick it up." ... Early in life, it is normal for fawns to be alone for most of the day. Does take great care of their fawns and purposefully leave them bedded and hidden, returning several times a day to nurse them...

CWD news concerns Mississippi hunters June 2, 2015 Mississippi, Mississippi Sportsman
... “We know two things about CWD. It spreads, and it gets worse.” ...  affects all cervids has a 100 percent mortality rate... Ronnie Cole of Hattiesburg said Mississippi should act now to end the practice of what he called “high-fence hunting.” ... Why we ever started allowing that to take place is beyond my comprehension...

Former US congressman pleads for public to help save a deer's life June 2, 2015 Mississippi, Mississippi News Now
... Former U.S. congressman Ronnie Shows ... "It is a metal snare, and it is rusting there right behind her shoulders ... can be saved with a tranquilizer gun,"  ...

MSU graduate students honored for deer research (Mississippi State University) May 14, 2015 Mississippi, World News
... Two graduate students in Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources received recent honors for deer research. Eric Michel and Caleb Hinton ...

... The Wildlife Care and Rescue Center takes in 400-500 birds, owls, squirrels, deer and skunks each year. The past few weeks have seen a large influx of birds as storms knocked down trees and tree limbs... Facebook page

MDWFP proposes deer bag limit changes May 1, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... In the Southeast Zone, hunters will be limited to three antlerless deer per season instead of the previously allowed five. Also, a daily bag limit on antlerless deer has been reinstated in the Southeast Zone under the proposal...

These dogs have a nose for deer antlers February 18, 2015 Mississippi, Springfield News-Leader
... it’s time to start looking for shed antlers ... This a sport that anyone can be involved in. The neat part of shed hunting is getting out of doors. You are hunting, you are working with your hunting companion — the dog ... 

Prof. studies why Delta deer are biggest in state February 18, 2015 Mississippi, The Commercial Dispatch
...  roughly 1.75 million deer in Mississippi ... Delta deer are bigger than those in other regions because Delta soil has more nutrients and the deer have more to eat. The average deer in the Delta is 44 pounds heavier and has antlers around 25 inches longer than a deer the same age and sex from the Lower Coast Plane, Strickland said...

Wild hogs threaten Miss. economy, expert says February 9, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledger
... “If it’s a longleaf pine seedling in the pasture, that’s what they’re going to eat. If it’s a baby fawn or calf, that’s what they’ll eat... If deer begin to die off because of hog overpopulation, it could be devastating for the state’s hunting tourism, Murphy said...

State: Does are not being overhunted February 1, 2015 Mississippi, SunHerald.com
... biologist Lann Wilf, deer program leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife ...
"We're out in February and seeing deer everywhere ..."The average hunter is not out there when we're doing herd health surveys in February and March." ... surveys find that deer weigh less than they used to -- and increasing population is the main reason ... The average doe in upper thick loess regions weighed 118 pounds in 2014, compared to 130 in 1993 ...

Hunters harvesting too many does? January 31, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledge
... On websites and forums where there would typically be pages of pictures and stories about jaw-dropping bucks, there are a handful.  Speculation as to why sightings have been low vary, but the idea that a generous bag limit on does has hurt the population is one that keeps coming up...

Primitive weapons season for deer opens on Super Sunday January 31, 2015 Mississippi, Sun Herald
... In the Southeast, breeding dates begin during the end of January or the first part of February. Due to mild temperatures and soil conditions, deer breeding dates in South Mississippi are much later than the majority of the state...

Officials: MS deer season marginal at best January 31, 2015 Misissippi, WLOX 13
...  a state that has an estimated deer herd of 1.7 million and a doe-to-buck ratio of three-to-one... I really think wide spread feeding deer with corn and protein is killing deer movement. With the wide spread feeding, deer do not have to hustle to feed.” [Lann Wilff, of the Mississippi Department] ...

...  how was the 2014-15 seasons in the state of Mississippi?  Fair at best for a state that has a deer herd estimated at 1.7 million and a buck-to-doe ratio of one-to-three.

Bills would feed inmates deer, MREs January 21, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... authored by House Corrections Chairman Tommy Taylor, R-Boyle.  "This would allow state, municipal, county and juvenile corrections institutions to use processed venison, under Department of Health guidelines," ... 


Men plead guilty to headlighting deer January 15, 2015 Mississippi, 16 WAPT
... Uzzle pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of headlighting and was fined $10,382 after serving 10 days in the Warren County Jail... Breland pleaded guilty to one count of headlighting and was fined $4,492 after serving 30 days in jail ...

Deer hunting: Generational changes January 12, 2015 Mississippi, The Miami Herald 
... "My dad's generation, back before my time, there wasn't even a deer season," [deer had been hunted to near extinction] ...  Today, the species is so plentiful that hunters in Mississippi kill some 280,000 deer per year, according to MDWFP, from the state's herd of 1.75 million... bag limits of eight deer per license year ...

... "Most of our hunters are respectable folks, but we have some that are true idiots," ... The supervisors reviewed photos showing showed blood-stained cement, plus plastic bags and deer carcasses hanging off railings and wedged among bridge supports ...

Don't expect WMA closings, license fee increases, deer tags this year January 3, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... One topic that has had internet chat sites buzzing with speculation is the possible closure of three wildlife management areas in Mississippi... Even if the expected funding cut takes place, it does not necessarily mean the gates will be closed to hunters...

2015 East Mississippi OWLs deer hunt December 26, 2014 Meridian Star
... The heavily populated deer woods surrounding East Central Mississippi will be filled with disabled hunters Jan. 2 – 3, 2015...

Deer harvest tags for Mississippi? December 21, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... All the states bordering Mississippi have some form of harvest accountability system in place. But Mississippi basically relies on an honor system.  Mississippi annual harvest numbers are generated through surveys, state wildlife management area records and other sources...

Mississippi man cited for drowning deer in La. December 17, 2014 Jackson Clarion-Ledger
... taking deer from a vessel while the deer was swimming.  A witness saw Hayes approach the deer in the river, wrap a rope around its antlers and drown the deer...

Understanding the white-tail deer rut December 13, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... 30 to 35 percent of the breeding takes place during the 10 days surrounding the peak. In the five to 15-day period before the peak, about 30 percent of the breeding occurs ...  95 percent of the breeding taking place over 30 days ... MSU Deer Lab's Steve Demarais ...

DiFatta distressed by deer dry spell November 27, 2014 Mississippi,  Hattiesburg American
... South Mississippi had a pretty long dry spell ... Acorns were and still are falling like raindrops in some areas, but I found few tracks and little evidence the deer had been dining on them...

... “Over the past five years, Mississippi has averaged 3,058 deer-related crashes per year,” ...

... The first gun season with dogs begins Saturday on a statewide level and will remain open through Dec. 1... The Mississippi deer herd is estimated between 1.75 and two-million across the 82 counties which has increased from 1.25 to 1.5 million a few years ago.  In 2013-24, Mississippi had 149,046 licensed hunters that harvested 263,705 deer. That breaks down to 1.8 deer – doe and bucks mixed – per hunter...

Hunters shouldn’t fear common deer diseases November 18, 2014 Mississippi, Mississippi Business Journa
... two common disease categories ... Hemorrhagic disease is caused by both the epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) and bluetongue virus (BTV)... diseased animals experience very high temperatures and want to cool down their bodies... Cutaneous fibromas… external warts commonly found on the skin of deer...

Cold weather favors hunters November 15, 2014 Mississippi, Hattiesburg American
...  the deer will get out of their beds more during daylight hours (translated: legal shooting time) and move about to feed... 

Beginner's guide to reading deer signs November 7, 2014 Mississippi,  Meridian Star
... Rubs are what we call markings on saplings and trees where buck deer rub the annual velvet from their antlers or later conduct mock fights using the trunk of the plant as the enemy...  A scrape is the name we give a pawed place on the ground made by a buck to mark territory, attract does and probably to establish dominance over other bucks...

... Mississippi voters Tuesday approved a proposal to enshrine hunting and fishing as rights in the state's constitution...

Hunting and Fishing to Become Fundamental Right October 27, 2014 Mississippi, HottyToddy.com
[On the ballot for the November 4, 2014 Mississippi election]:   “This proposed constitutional amendment establishes hunting, fishing, and the harvesting of wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, as a constitutional right subject only to such regulations and restrictions that promote wildlife conservation and management as the Legislature may prescribe by general law.” ... 

Helping hands for Mother Nature's babies October 22, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Her favorite rescue was a baby deer they named Frank. Susan said, "He came to me as a little spotted fawn who'd been orphaned... Luke and I took Frank about a mile and a half back in the woods behind our home to release him into the wild." ... Susan has studied and trained to rehabilitate wild animals. Now licensed with a "rehabilitation permit," ...

MWDFP sets guidelines for deer hunting on WMAs October 18, 2014 MIssissippi, Sun Herald
... Lann Wilf, Deer Program Leader for the state ... "I encourage people on the Coast to be careful," Wilf said. "The Southeast zone is a more sensitive area for deer than any other part of the state."   

Mississippi deer archery season now open October 17, 2014 Meridian Star
...  "We are coming off of a couple of years of reduced harvest, which was partially related to weather conditions...  abundant rainfall has helped antler development. The white oak acorn crop is looking good ...

... One person who works near the former deer processing business told WREG the smell was overwhelming....

Deer antler criteria and bag limit changes on WMAs October 15, 2014 Mississippi, Mississippi News Now
... The antler criteria has changed for multiple WMAs, and generally reflects an increase in minimum main beam and inside spread requirement... Also new for the 2014-2015 hunting season is a decrease in bag limit for anterless deer... Also new for the 2014-2015 hunting season is a decrease in bag limit for anterless deer... 

Deer archery season starts Oct. 15 October 4, 2014 Mississippi, Sun Herald 
... "The white oak acorn crop is looking good ... and abundant rainfall ... The numbers are slightly below its average in the last two years. The state has an estimated deer population of 1.75 million ...

Deer smuggled from Indiana, Kentucky September 30, 2014 Mississippi, 14 News WFIE Evansville
...  Importing white-tailed deer into Mississippi violates laws that protect the state's deer population from bovine tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease...

Average Deer Lease Prices September 25, 2014 Mississippi,  mississippioutdoorforums.com
... The average hunting lease price in Ms last year was $21.73 per acre ...

... The numbers show that the odds of a Mississippi driver striking a deer in the next year are 1 in 84 ...

White-tailed deer program boosts deer hunting in South Mississippi September 6, 2014 Mississipi, SunHerald.com
... Mississippi has an estimated deer population of 1.75 million ...  For the 2012-13 deer season, deer harvest was 273,176. Last year's total was 263,705... Deer program leader Lane Wilf attributes the declining numbers from 2013 to ...  "The deer movement was visible and very bizarre.  It was a cold winter and we had more freezing days in conjunction with the food wasn't as limited as we thought...

Mississippi data: Recent declining deer population attributed to floods, changes in land use, cold weather, and - in the southwest - increased numbers of swine and coyotes. Bag limits have been reduced to encourage herd growth and antler criteria have generally been increased to encourage taking of fewer young bucks.  About 1.7 to 1.75 million deer in 2014, 1.75 to 1.8 million deer in 2011 through 2013.  A peak of about 2 million in 2000.  Estimated 1989 population 1.7 million.
    Estimated $1 billion economic impact on state.  Annual deer harvest about 280,000.  Hurricane Isaac reduced many wildlife populations in 2012.  Good rainfall in 2013 benefited the deer herd, hunters were limited to five does and three bucks per license.  Legal deer include either-sex on private lands and legal bucks only on open public lands.  The buck to doe ratio is about one to three. 

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