Mississippi Legislature Officially Legalizes Air Bows for Deer Hunting

We recently posted about the Mississippi legislature approving an archery velvet buck season for September that created a lot of buzz. That same legislative session also resulted in the passing of another hunting bill that has gotten much less attention. Senate Bill 2010 (SB 2010), sponsored by Sen. Kevin Blackwell [R], allows hunters to use air bows, air rifles, and pre-charged pneumatic weapons during the primitive weapons season for deer after November 30 on private lands.

While air rifles have long been accepted as legal to use during Mississippi’s firearms deer season on private lands, it wasn’t specifically addressed in the regulations. Air bows, due to their unique configuration and use of an arrow, were even more of a gray area.

Many of you may remember an attempt in 2020 to allow the use of air bows in the archery deer seaason, which failed to pass under a cloud of controversy. SB2010 drew much less attention.

While this bill may raise some eyebrows among Mississippi deer hunters, a representative with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) was quick to point out the bill really doesn’t change anything. It only clarifies existing laws on the use of air rifles and air bows.

“In looking at our regulations, nothing prohibited it,” said Russ Walsh, Wildlife chief of staff in an interview with the Clarion Ledger. “Our regulations say there is no caliber or magazine restrictions in open gun season.”

Another part of SB 2010 gives the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks authority to establish special deer seasons within or outside the established open seasons to collect CWD samples.

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We’d love to hear what you think of the use of air rifles and air bows during Mississippi’s deer season in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “Mississippi Legislature Officially Legalizes Air Bows for Deer Hunting”

  1. I think it would be great for the disabled hunters and veterans that would love to bow hunters who have lost limbs one way or another, it’s hard for some disable people to crank even a cross bow back even if some can even afford a cross bow with a crank on it, with the arrow air guns it can be loaded with one hand and shot, I think it should be for the disabled only in the archery season to make it easier for the veterans and disabled. If the others want to us it in the other seasons so be it, but think about our veterans and disabled who would love to sling an arrow at a deer. #airgunsonly #forthedisabled #huntersandveterans #inarcheryseason

  2. Air rifles are a legit way to hunt deer about time they/we get recognized as so. Bow hunting is a great sport but the powers that be have been kept hostage way to long by traditional bow hunters association.

  3. I’m a local Mississippi dealer if anyone wants to try a airbow or airgun feel free to look me up on Facebook @ Deep South airguns

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