Hunting season bill apparently dead

The Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks met briefly this morning but was adjourned by chairman Tommy Gollott, R-Biloxi, without acting on any remaining House bills.

That included House Bill 1282 that would have restructured deer seasons, giving gun hunters more time, moving primitive weapons to November and eliminating about three weeks of exclusive time afforded archers.

The committee also failed to vote on H.B. 1298, which would have created a spring squirrel season, and H.B. 1137, which would have authorized state wildlife officials to allow the early harvest of antlerless deer on certain lands where needed.

Clarion Ledger
3/2/10