Hunters heads up! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is making some big changes to for deer and turkey hunting seasons.
A report of chronic wasting disease in the state earlier this year, dictated the biggest change. Hunter may not transport deer carcasses across state lines. This includes for mounting purposes.
And conservation officers are asking turkey hunters to help them get better information on the bird population in Mississippi. Hunters must report the number of turkeys they harvest during the season.
“If they do want to mount a deer, they can bring back the antlers, and a clean skull to a taxidermist for mounting. as well as bringing back the deboned meat. it’s not that they can’t bring back anything. it just has to be certain portions of that deer have to be cared for in a certain way before coming back into the state.”
Here is an excerpt of the exact wording from the department. For additional information, please go to their website.
· Importation of cervid carcasses from ANY state, regardless of CWD status is now prohibited.
· It is lawful to hunt less than 100 yards from feed or a feeder.
· Beginning, July 1, 2019, it is unlawful to use natural scents or lures that contain natural cervid, or biofluids.
· Supplemental feeding from March 1 to the last day of turkey season is prohibited.
· Mandatory harvest reporting for wild turkeys will begin during the 2019 spring turkey season.