MISSISSIPPI

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Two years of bumper acorn crops, plenty of rain for choice deer browse and a light deer season last year should result in a generous whitetail harvest this fall in Mississippi, according to Bill Lunceford with the state game department.

Mississippi did have an outbreak of EHD/blue tongue disease last year. It killed some deer, but not enough to affect the overall herd. Prime whitetail areas are along the fertile Mississippi River and the upper coastal plain. Lunceford says hunters should not overlook the state's southeast-corner coastal flatwoods area. Contact: Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries (601-432-2196; www.mdwfp.com).