The Mississippi Gulf Coast area provides abundant opportunities for hunters. Hunting is a favorite pastime, as well as part of the heritage of many coastal natives. Commonly hunted game animals include: white tail deer, Doves, Quails, Turkeys, Geese (Canada, Snow, Blue, Ross, White-Fronted), Ducks (Teals, Mergansers, Mallards), opossum, raccoon, rabbit, and squirrel. Frog hunting is also a part of the area's hunting heritage. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks sets the seasons and bag limits for hunting in the state.
Hunting stories provide a rich source of both folklore and a window on past folkways and environmental conditions. The boat types, guns, decoys, bows and arrows, duck callers, art, and hunting practices of the past provide a tangible legacy that should be preserved and shared with future generations. Preparation of game, and family recipes handed down from generation to generation, are a means by which the area's historic past can be shared with present generations and passed on into the future. These tangible objects also help define this area's culture and provide an opportunity for visitor's to experience and compare traditions from their own areas.