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Pearl Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Bright Park in Pearl beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Pearl.

Upcoming Habitat Management Activities on WMAs
JACKSON – As the days get longer and winter draws to a close, months of habitat management planning are about to be put into action across Mississippi. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) biologists and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) managers across the state have been preparing to take habitat management plans from paper to the field. When habitat management is mentioned, most hunters often think of food plots and wonder what they should plant. However, food plots make up a very small percentage of the overall landscape. Due to past implementation of habitat management techniques across Mississippi’s WMAs, food resources, nesting cover, brood-rearing cover, and escape cover are plentiful throughout the state.

MDWFP to Host State Championship Archery Tournament
JACKSON—Having competed in North and South State qualifying tournaments, more than 3,000 student archers representing schools across Mississippi are gearing up to compete in the 2015 Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) State Tournament, April 14-16 at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Choctaw County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop inChoctawCounty. The workshop will be held at the Choctaw County of Commerce at 55 East Quinn Street in Ackerman on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Choctaw County Extension Office at (662) 285-6337.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lincoln County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Lincoln County. The workshop will be held at the Lincoln Civic Center multi-purpose building located at 1096 Belt Line Drive NE in Brookhaven on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Lincoln County Extension Office at (601) 835-3460.

Amory Railroad Festival Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at McAlpine Lake in Amory beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Amory as part of the 2015 Amory Railroad Festival.

Tupelo Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Veterans Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Tupelo.

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Hansel King Sportsplex beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department.

Choctaw Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Choctaw Lake in the Tombigbee National Forest beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U. S. Forest Service.

MDWFP Conservation Officers Rescue Man From Mississippi River
JACKSON—Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Conservation Officers rescued James D. White from the treacherous waters of the Mississippi River Friday morning.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Bolivar County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau will be hosting a pond management workshop in Bolivar County on Saturday, April 11. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Charlie Capps Wildlife Management Area (CCWMA) located off Hwy 8 between Cleveland and Rosedale. A question-and-answer period will be held to discuss common management strategies and problems encountered in small pond management, and a site visit to the MDWFP managed pond at CCWMA will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by emailing Nathan Aycock at nathana@mdwfp.state.ms.us or by calling the lake office at (662) 759-6444.

Mississippi Lakes Named Top Trophy Crappie Lakes in America
JACKSON –Five Mississippi lakes have been listed as the top three fisheries to visit for trophy-size crappie according to a recent survey by Josh Gowan with Wired2fish.com. Gowan and a group of professional anglers identified the top 10 lakes to catch trophy crappie in the United States.

Camp Fish to be Held at Turcotte Education Center
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2015 at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton June 24 and 25. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15, and its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

2015 Youth Art Contest Deadline Extended
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2015 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. The deadline for submission of entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) has been extended to May 15, 2015.

Camp Fish to be Held at Percy Quin State Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2015 at Percy Quin State Park near McComb June 8 and 9. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15, and its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

"Let’s Wet a Hook" Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Wilkinson County Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Scenic River Development Alliance.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Scott County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Scott County. The workshop will be held at the Scott County MSU Extension Service office located at 230 South Davis St. in Forest on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the extension office at (601) 469-4241.

Birding Opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas
JACKSON - The waterfowl hunting season may be over, but great birding opportunities are still available on many Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Muscadine Farms, Howard Miller, Mahannah and Tuscumbia WMAs are some of the WMAs that have wetland habitat for birders to explore.

Camp Fish to be Held at Coahoma County Expo Center
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), and the Coahoma County Youth Outreach Program will host Camp Fish 2015 at the Coahoma County Expo Center in Clarksdale June 2 and 3. The camp is open to youth, ages 11-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

Prescribed Burning Continues on Southwest MS WMAs
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel have been conducting prescribed burns on state-owned wildlife management areas (WMAs) in southwest Mississippi since late January. The seasonal, controlled use of fire is essential to enhancing and maintaining habitat for numerous game and non-game wildlife species. Prescribed burning reduces competition from undesirable woody plant species, reduces the potential of wildfire, reduces disease risk for longleaf pine seedlings, and promotes growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favorable to many wildlife species.

Leroy Percy State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Leroy Percy State Park on Saturday, March 28. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 9 a.m. Leroy Percy State Park is located approximately 5 miles west of Hollandale on Hwy 12.


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