Special deer season set in Mississippi due to Chronic Wasting Disease

A Special deer season has been set in Mississippi due to Chronic Wasting Disease. See map of the North MS CWD Management zone below, which includes Tippah, Alcorn and surrounding counties down into the Mississippi Delta.

From the MDWFP:

During the 2019–2020 hunting season, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has collected more than 5,000 samples for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing across the state. However, sample numbers are lower than expected for counties in the North MS CWD Management Zone. Since October 2019, 25 CWD-positive deer have been detected from this zone. To obtain additional samples, a 2-day February special season was set during the January meeting of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. The proposed season includes:

Special Season

  • All counties included in the North MS CWD Management Zone
  • February 8–9, 2020 (Saturday/Sunday)
  • Mandatory CWD sample submission on day of harvest for all harvested deer
    • Existing CWD drop-off freezers may be utilized
    • 1 physical check station will be in each of the five (5) CWD-positive counties
  • Legal weapons:
    • Weapon of choice may be used on private lands.
    • Primitive weapons may be used on Graham Lake, Hell Creek, Malmaison, O’Keefe, Tuscumbia Unit 1, and Upper Sardis
    • Muzzleloader/Youth Gun on Charles Ray Nix and Tuscumbia Unit 2
    • No other WMAs are open for deer hunting during this season.
  • Still hunting only on public and private lands

Bag Limits (in addition to regular season)

Private Lands, Upper Sardis WMA, and Holly Springs National Forest

  • 2 bucks (1 buck per day and 1 may be sub-criteria)
    • 5 does

Wildlife Management Areas

  • 2 bucks (1 buck per day and both must meet antler criteria)
    • 5 does

Further information will be available at physical check station locations and on the MDWFP website. For more information regarding hunting or fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at or call us at (601) 432-2400. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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