Archery season gearing up
by Chance Wright
Sep 30, 2012 | 2106 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the month of September coming to a close, and the seasons changing quickly, the one thing on many Mississippian's minds is getting into the woods for the beginning of the 2012 deer hunting season.

According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, the state's Hill and Delta Zones will open Monday for archery season.

The season will run until Nov. 16.

The Southeast Zone opens Monday, October 15.

While the warmer weather will have deer moving at a leisurely pace, it's the thrill of the hunt that means the most.

For now oaks are still a draw, but there is enough green browse to spread them out. Bucks will be in bachelor groups and moving causally. It's a good time to be out as early season deer hunting can be productive.

However, MDWFP Deer Program Biologist Justin Thayer says that the success of Mississippi's deer season is always difficult to predict.

"Since last year's heavy mast crop and warm winter weather conditions reduced statewide deer observations and harvest, the silver lining from last year is that many bucks had the chance to get one year older," he said. "That's good news for hunters looking to bag a mature buck."

Mississippi's deer population is estimated to be 1.75 million covering some 2.5 million acres, with hunters harvesting approximately 280,000 deer annually. 

The bag limit on antlered buck deer is one buck per day, not to exceed three per license year.

Legal bucks must meet the antler criteria within the appropriate deer management zone.

For youth hunters 15 and younger, hunting on private land and authorized state and federal lands, all of the three bucks must be antlered deer. The bag limit on antler-less deer is one per day, not to exceed five per license year.

Things are changing fast in the outdoor world, and the pace of change will quicken with each coming week.

There is arguably no better time to be outside in the Mississippi Delta than in the next two months.