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Mississippi’s Duck Season Starting Soon
JACKSON- Mississippi’s duck hunting season opens Thursday, November 27, 2014. Many waterfowl hunters are anxiously waiting, due to record breeding population estimates last spring. However, hunters should remember that winter severity and local habitat availability also play a major role in how many ducks make their way to Mississippi.

Prescribed Burning and Vegetative Mulching Conducted on Marion County WMA
JACKSON – Marion County Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located south of Columbia, is the only state-owned WMA in Mississippi that is predominately forested with longleaf pine. At Marion County WMA, prescribed fire is the primary tool used by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel to maintain desirable habitat conditions in the area’s longleaf forests. Prescribed burning reduces competition from undesirable woody plant species, reduces potential of wildfire, reduces disease risk for longleaf pine seedlings, and promotes growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favorable to many wildlife species.

White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens November 22
JACKSON – For Mississippi’s 2014 – 2015 hunting season, the first white-tailed deer gun season opens November 22 and closes December 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include legal bucks and antlerless deer on private lands and only legal bucks on open public lands.

Elvis Presley Lake to Reopen November 15
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will reopen Elvis Presley Lake on Saturday, November 15. The lake, which is located near Tupelo, was closed in April after an EF-3 tornado severely damaged lake grounds and buildings. Additional minor repairs will be needed, but all activities will be available to the public. “We’ve worked hard repairing buildings, replacing damaged equipment, and cleaning up the grounds,” said Josh Howell, North State Lakes Supervisor. “We are excited to reopen the lake, and we expect the public will enjoy the new and rebuilt facilities,” added Howell.

WMAs Offer Special Opportunities for Youth Deer Hunters
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) encourages youth hunters to take advantage of early deer hunting opportunities and specially designated hunting areas on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state. Many WMAs will open for the youth deer hunting season on November 8 for youth 15 years old and younger. Canal Section WMA and Divide Section WMA (located in Northeast Mississippi) and Pearl River WMA (located in central Mississippi) are some examples of areas that offer designated hunting areas for youth. Subject to specific WMA regulations, youth may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day, not to exceed three per licensed year and are exempt from any zone specific antler restrictions. When hunting on WMAs, youth hunters must be in the presence and under the direct supervision of a Mississippi licensed or exempt hunter at least 21 years of age.

Mississippi’s Goose Season Starting Soon
JACKSON - Mississippi’s goose hunting season opens Thursday, November 13, 2014 and is a great time to participate in waterfowl hunting before the duck season opens later this month. Late-season Canada, snow, blue, Ross’s, white-fronted goose, and brant seasons will occur from November 13, 2014 - January 25, 2015. Canada geese will have a 3-bird daily bag limit and brant will have a daily bag limit of 1 bird. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for Canada geese and brant. Snow, blue, and Ross’s geese will have a daily bag limit of 20 birds during the regular hunting season. White-fronted geese will have a daily bag limit of 2 birds. The possession limit for white-fronted geese is 6 and there is no possession limit for snow, blue, and Ross’s geese.

New Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities on Pearl River WMA
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is providing new youth waterfowl hunting opportunities on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this hunting season. For the first time, youth hunters will have the opportunity to waterfowl hunt within selected waterfowl impoundments on the WMA. The hunts will be only for permitted youth hunters that are 15 years of age or younger. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a Mississippi licensed adult who is 21 years of age or older. To apply for the new hunts, applications must be submitted online at www.mdwfp.com/draws.

Youth Deer Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of 3,500 acres of hardwood forest located near Port Gibson in Claiborne County. Hunters looking for a truly special youth deer hunting opportunity with a good chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

Youth Gun Deer Season Opens November 8
JACKSON – The gun deer season for youth hunters 15 years old and under begins November 8 across Mississippi. This season provides youth hunters with the first firearms opportunity at Mississippi’s abundant deer herd this hunting season. Youth may use any firearm and may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day and up to five does per day on private land, not to exceed three bucks and five does for the entire hunting season. Zone-specific spread and main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters.

Special Primitive Weapons Season for Deer Begins November 10
JACKSON – Mississippi’s special primitive weapons season for white-tailed deer will open November 10 in the Hill and Delta Deer Management Zones. The special primitive weapons season is for antlerless deer only on private lands and open public lands from November 10 – 21. This special season is provided to allow hunters on properties with higher deer densities, additional and earlier opportunities to meet antlerless harvest objectives prior to the rut. Only archery equipment and primitive firearms may be used during this season.

MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Wins Prestigious Award
JACKSON – Keith Meals, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been named Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). Meals was presented the award at the Association’s 68th annual meeting on October 21.

Paul B. Johnson State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Paul B. Johnson State Park Lake on Saturday, October 25. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 10 a.m. Paul B. Johnson State Park is located 10 miles south of Hattiesburg on Hwy 49.

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