Mississippi Deer Population: An estimate of 1.5 million deer in 2023 down from 1.8 million deer in 2022 after a hard winter freeze. A state estimate of 1.5 million deer in 2020, 1.5 to 1.75 million in 2019. About 1.575 million deer in 2018, 1.5 million in 2017, and 1.75 million deer in 2016. The 2016 population benefited from good rainfall. The large mast crop of 2016 left the does in good health, leading to good fawn production in 2017, increasing the population. The population was estimated at estimated at 1.7 million in 2014, and 1.75 to 1.8 million from 2011 through 2013.
Hunters can help fellow Mississippians by taking more deer September 16, 2023 Mississippi, Daily Leader
... Mississippi’s current deer population is estimated to be around 1.5 million ... the hard freeze experienced last winter killed off many of the acorns, which is a main food item for deer in Mississippi specifically. Nutrition plays a huge role in the size and health of deer..,
Mississippi has strong 2022 deer season and 2023 hunting is looking even better August 23, 2023 Yahoo! Sports
... due to the weather pattern the state has experienced, the coming season could be even better. "Our survey was 273,694 (deer harvested)," said Russ Walsh, Wildlife chief of staff for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks... "Data seems to indicate the population is increasing," ..,
Two North Mississippi men sentenced for illegally killing deer July 26, 2023 WJTV
... sentenced to one-year of probation and ordered to pay a total of $30,000 in fines and restitution for illegally killing a white-tailed deer...
Deer hunting: Mississippi wildlife commission bashed for CWD management July 10, 2023 Mississippi, Yahoo! Sports
... the commission voted 3-1, with one commissioner abstaining, against the recommendation of Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks' staff, to change the regulation. Now, when a CWD-positive deer is found, only an area within roughly a 10-mile radius goes into a CWD management zone... Previous efforts by the commission to reduce the size of these areas have drawn criticism ..,
Commission relaxes deer disease management zones despite human health risk June 26, 2023 Mississippi, The Natchez Democrat
... Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Commissioners voted to relax CWD zones Thursday. They made the changes without input from the MDWFP’s biologists or the general public as they have the power to do so...
Mississippi wildlife commission makes changes to CWD management June 23, 2023 The Clarion-Ledger
... under the current management plan, hunters within the zones cannot provide supplemental feed for deer even if they're up to 50 miles away from a known CWD-positive deer. His proposal would reduce that supplemental feeding to 10 miles from a positive, give or take a few miles....
'A canary in the coal mine,' Chronic Wasting Disease prions found in Claiborne County June 22, 2023 Mississippi, The Natchez Democrat
... detection of CWD prions in a scrape located in Claiborne County on the Mississippi side of the river which was reported to Walsh this Tuesday. The finding comes from a Mississippi State University study on surveying for CWD in non-invasive ways...
This buck swam the Mississippi River 4 times in 2 years. Is he the Michael Phelps of deer? May 30, 2023 Mississippi, YAHOO!News
... He was captured and outfitted with a GPS collar in late 2020 for a study conducted by Mississippi State University ... Not only did he cross the river, he did it during a flood and swam an estimated 1.25 miles...
Bills prohibiting buying and selling of whitetail deer die in Mississippi legislature March 20, 2023 Mississippi, SuperTalk Mississippi
... House Bill 1026 and Senate Bill 2536 were introduced to outlaw buying and selling whitetail deer but did not make it out of their respective chambers. Proponents of the bills argue that a handful of wealthy elites are looking to change the laws so they can breed, sell, and transport deer between high-fenced enclosures in Mississippi...
Another Mississippi county going into CWD zone, more may follow as cases in deer spike March 10, 2023 Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger
... The number of CWD cases found each year is increasing Sampling years for the disease run from July 1-June 30. So far, in the 2023 sampling year, 79 cases have been detected according to MDWFP data. In that same period, 7,374 deer were tested...
Chronic Waste Diseases case found in Tunica County March 4, 2023 Mississippi, WAPT
... a positive test of Chronic Wasting Disease was found for a hunter-harvested doe from Tunica County. This is the first CWD-positive detection for this county... detected across 10 counties in Mississippi ..,
Not the end: Bills to clarify laws on trade of game animals, establish wildlife as public entity die February 16, 2023 Mississippi, Daily Leader
... “We didn’t see a need for those bills to be brought forward this year but they will still be out there. It is something we will try to get done. We are going to make sure the wildlife is protected in this state. It is a public property and we want to keep it as a public entity.” [Bill Kinkade, chairman of the House Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee] ...
Helicopters Used for Deer Research Project at Elm Creek Park Reserve January 26, 2023 Mississppi, CCX Media
... “We think that our deer move as far as the Mississippi River,” Moriarty said. To answer those questions, they’ve partnered with the University of Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and a team of expert helicopter pilots. [video]
Will buying and selling white-tailed deer be allowed in Mississippi? Here's what we know. January 20, 2023, Missssppi, Yahoo News
... 114 regulated high-fence enclosures in Mississippi and four deer breeding facilities ... enclosure and breeding facility owners would like to be able to buy and sell deer that have been captive-bred to carry genes that can produce larger antlered bucks and have formed an organization called the Private Landowners Association of Mississippi..,
Senate introduces new legislation to tackle wildlife issues January 19, 2023 Mississippi,
The Natchez Democrat
... Senate Bill 2536 would clarify that it is unlawful to buy or sell, or offer to sell, any game birds, game animals or game fish unless specifically permitted by law as an exception passed by the legislature. The bill tackles an important issue where the sale of deer could be legalized under a new official opinion ..,
Mississippi's Deer not for Sale January 5, 2023 Spot On Mississippi
... State law (Miss. Code Ann. § 49-7-51(1)(a)) prohibits the buying and selling of white-tailed deer. Up until last month, our Attorneys General have all agreed with established law. However, a new opinion from the current Attorney General, Lynn Fitch, has concluded: “the Commission could craft a regulation allowing for the commercial trade of white-tailed deer held within high-fenced enclosures between registered captive breeders without specifically contravening an express legislative act.” ...
'It's asinine': Wildlife expert expresses discontent with the possible sale of white-tailed deer December 22, 2022 Mississippi, SuperTalk Mississippi
... “If we go back to one of the basis, one of the fundamentals of what wildlife management in this country, in this state is founded on is — they belong to the public. Decisions like this, of this magnitude, trying to be made and it being so ‘hush, hush,’ I don’t like that at all.” [Lake Pickle] ..,
Attorney general's opinion could open door for sale of white-tailed deer in Mississippi December 12, 2022 SuperTalk Mississippi
... While Mississippi law explicitly prohibits the buying and selling of white-tailed deer, Attorney General Lynn Fitch noted ... since the commission has plenary authority, they can legally promulgate a regulation allowing white-tailed deer to be purchased and held within high-fenced enclosures — an opinion former Attorney General Jim Hood did not share when asked about the matter in 2013...,
GPS-collared deer that crossed the Mississippi River 4 times leaves clue to his location December 7, 2022 The Clarion-Ledger
... Buck No. 140's collar stopped transmitting prematurely in August, but released and fell off as it was programmed to do. It was found 200-300 yards from where Resop captured the buck and outfitted him with ear tags and the collar... The Clarion Ledger has published numerous articles about Buck No. 140's travels that were read by hundreds of thousands of people...
CWD reducing Mississippi's deer population. December 9, 2022 Yahoo! Sports
... Because of the social behavior of bucks, they are infected at a higher rate than does. "They just disappeared," Abby said. "... We haven't seen any mature deer this year at all. All we've seen is small bucks. We'd have 180s right now if it weren't for CWD." ...
20-year effects of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on vegetation composition and structure 2023 Forest Ecology and Management
... three different ecoregions in Mississippi ... From May-June, vegetation structure and composition were measured among 10 systematic sampling points per plot during 2000, 2005, and 2021. While no treatment effects on vegetation composition and structure were observed, among-year differences suggested a shift in overstory canopy conditions between 2005 and 2021 towards greater basal area and canopy coverage resulting in a decrease in forbs, legumes, shade intolerant species, and high year-round deer-preferred forage species...
Commission votes to rescind feed ban in Claiborne County with new rule November 17, 2022 Mississippi, Natchez Democrat
... first positive CWD deer near Yucatan Lake in Tensas Parish. This positive buck was confirmed in 2022 and was found a mile from Davis Island, Mississippi, and about six miles from the right bank of the Mississippi River. MDWFP’s Commissioners placed Claiborne County in a supplemental feed ban due to the positive’s proximity to Mississippi. MSU Deer Lab research has shown bucks along the Mississippi River swim across the river and cover up to 18 miles in their movements...
CWD Update: Early detection crucial in Louisiana's fight against disease November 15 2022 Mississippi, Natchez Democrat
... Eight new positive cases of CWD have been detected in Mississippi this season. One of those was in Warren County and the rest have been in north Mississippi..,
Chronic Wasting disease is still a whitetail deer threat October 28, 2022 Mississippi, Daily Journal
... As of the beginning of hunting season, there have been 134 deer that have tested positive for CWD since the first case was reported in 2018. The Mississippi Counties with positive cases include Alcorn (3), Benton (87), Issaquena (2), Marshall (35), Panola (1), Pontotoc (1),Tallahatchie (1),Tippah (2), and Warren (2).
5 Best Whitetail Hunting States in the Southeastern U.S. October 23, 2022 Mississippi, Wide Open Spaces
... Mississippi ... deer population estimated at about 1.8 million animals and also has 1.2 million acres of public hunting land available... It has a 79% harvest rate of bucks older than three and a half years old ..,
MSU Deer lab receive funding for CWD research October 19, 2022 Mississippi, Natchez Democrat
... the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is providing $9.4 million to 27 States and 6 Tribes or Tribal organizations to further develop and implement Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management and response activities ...
Look who's back: GPS-tracked deer crosses Mississippi River into South Delta, again August 26, 2022 Yahoo
... Buck No. 140 has crossed the Mississippi River on a journey from his summer range in Louisiana to his winter range in the South Delta... "We prefer hunters refrain from harvesting collared deer until Dec. 1 when our data collection ends," ...
Changes in CWD policy could devastate deer populations in Mississippi. Here's why. August 22, 2022 Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger
... Removal of the minimum sampling threshold — It is incredibly difficult to detect chronic wasting disease when a relatively small proportion of deer have it... without a minimum threshold, there is a disincentive for deer to be tested. No testing means no detected positives and that means the disease can spread completely unchecked...
MDWFP to hold meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease in Vicksburg August 19, 2022 Mississippi, WJTV
... According to MDWFP, there have been 127 confirmed CWD positive cases in Mississippi since February 2018, and there have been seven suspected positive cases..,
Are farmers with special permits decimating Mississippi's deer herd? In a word, no July 22, 2022 The Clarion-Ledger
... According to the 2019-2020 Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Deer Report, which is the most recent deer report, just over 250 permits were issued in 2019 and just over 2,100 deer were reported killed...
“Blue Tongue” is next deer disease to watch out for July 21, 2022 Mississippi, The Vicksburg Post
... the disease is cyclic, and every three to five years there is a fairly high mortality rate in the state’s herd.
Already, he is getting reports from the northern part of the state of dead deer who show the common signs of having HD, or “blue tongue.” ...
What to know about 2022 velvet buck season in Mississippi July 13, 2022 WJTV
... The velvet buck season will be from September 16 to 18 on private lands only...
Adopted deer returns home after 7-months away, and brings a surprise with her June 25, 2022 Mississippi, Magnolia State Live
... She’s going to have a baby or two of her own... Gigi was the Mardises first experience with raising orphaned wildlife of that size... the law says you can’t fence in a deer. We haven’t done that...
Mississippi deer hunting: Counties added to CWD management zones, other counties removed June 25, 2022 Yahoo! Sports
... In its meeting on Wednesday, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks passed a regulation to remove any county from a CWD management zone that has not had a positive case in three years. Counties removed would no longer be under CWD management regulations such as a ban of supplemental feeding of wildlife...
Best to leave young wildlife alone June 11, 2022 Mississippi, Daily Leader
... Mississippi law prohibits the rehabilitation of fawns. Mississippi also outlaws the capture, possession or caging of any wild animal. Does take great care in hiding fawns ..,
CWD in Mississippi deer: State sees increase in cases, more counties to be affected March 10, 2022 YAHOO!News
... "We started out the year with 82 positives," said Russ Walsh, Wildlife chief of staff for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. "As of (Tuesday), we have 50 positives for the sample year, including suspects." ..,
CWD management zones expand in Mississippi February 15, 2022 WJTV
... Claiborne County would be added to the zone because the deer was discovered in Tensas Parish. Under Mississippi’s regulations, any count within 10 miles of a CWD-positive deer will be placed in the zone...
USFWS announces $1.5 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies February 15, 2022 Mississippi, The Natchez Democrat
... The WSFR Program, also known as Pittman-Robertson Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux, apportions excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment, and boat fuel to all 50 states and U.S. territories.