TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A big weekend has arrived for deer hunters as Saturday marks the start of gun season in Mississippi.
All hunters with dogs will be allowed to legally shoot bucks or does on private land. Legal bucks can only be hunted on open public land.
State wildlife officers define a legal buck in most of the area as having either a minimum inside antler spread of 10 inches or one main beam at least 13 inches long. For those hunting west of Interstate 55, the minimum spread goes up to 12 inches, and the minimum beam goes up to 15 inches.
A hunter can only bag 1 antlered buck a day and no more than 3 this season. The bag limit for deer without antlers this season is 3 as well.
This first gun season for all hunters during the 2017-2018 season ends December 1. It resumes without dogs December 16-23 and with dogs December 24-January 17.