Mississippi Deer News

Deer baiting survey: "no consensus" August 26, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... approve or disapprove of shooting deer over supplemental feed or corn without restrictions in Mississippi, and there is no consensus ...  Responsive Management wrote in the report. "While a majority approve (52%), there is a substantial percentage who disapprove (37%)...

Five deadliest things in Mississippi's woods, sort of August 23, 2015 Jackson Clarion Ledger
... For hunters ... It's the tree stand... , there were more than 20 tree stand-related injuries last year and four were fatal. That number of annual fatalities is about average ...there are only about 138,000 deer hunters in Mississippi and not all of them use tree stands, four deaths a year becomes significant... "They're climbing 20 to 25 feet." ...

... It would allow deer feeders to be placed in plain view of a hunter's stand, as long as it's at least 100 yards away... Mississippi wildlife officials estimate hunters kill about 16 percent of the state's deer population -- around 1.75 million -- every year...

Mississippi wildlife commission passes deer baiting proposal August 20, 2015 Jackson Clarion Ledger
... In yesterday's Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks meeting, members voted unanimously in favor of baiting deer...

Leflore County land donation to protect wildlife and encourage hunting August 19, 2015 Mississippi, Mississippi News Now
... Land in the Mississippi Delta, about 293 acres of it, will now be managed as a wildlife preserve through a generous donation to the State of Mississippi...

Record heat wave stresses deer August 16, 2015 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion-Ledger 
... "The hotter the temperature, the less deer eat," ... with less food, fawn weights could remain low enough to put them at risk... having multiple water sources during future periods of drought will also help avoid predation ...

... 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...

Mississippi data:  About 1.75 million deer in 2014 and 2015, 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 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.  
    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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