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Repairs Planned for Trace State Park Lake

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is making needed repairs to the water level control structure and dam at Trace State Park. MDWFP personnel will install an inflatable plug in the outflow pipe that will allow divers to replace the damaged stem on the water control structure. “We expect stem repair to take place within the next two to three weeks,” says MDWFP State Parks Director Jennifer Head. “Although the boat ramp is closed, bank fishing, paddling, and camping activities remain open to visitors during this time.”

Proposed Changes to Nuisance Animal Regulations May Not Affect You!

JACKSON – The proposed nuisance animal rule change only affects the hunting of nuisance animals on open U.S. Forest Service lands. Nuisance animals are defined in MISS. CODE ANN. §49-7-1 as wild hogs, nutria, beaver, fox, skunks, and coyotes.This rule change does not apply to private lands.“The proposed changes does not change deer hunting with dogs, permitted field trials, the summer raccoon season, or any other hunting season,” explained Chad Dacus, of Wildlife Bureau Director for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

VEC to Host Alligator Program

JACKSON - Ricky Flynt, Wildlife Biologist and Alligator Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will present a program about alligators at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Flynt will discuss the biology and population status of alligators. Participants will also learn about the nuisance alligator program and hunting opportunities in Mississippi.

Proposed Changes to Nuisance Animal Regulations

JACKSON –The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes to the General Regulation for the Taking of Nuisance Animals on June 22. At the request of the U.S. Forest Service, to address safety, resource concerns, and reduce confusion by the public, proposed changes to regulations for hunting of nuisance animals on open national forest land are as follows: On U.S. Forest Service lands, nuisance animals may be killed during daylight hours only during any open hunting season with weapons and ammunition legal for that season. No bait or feed is allowed at any time. Trapping (including snaring) of hogs is prohibited. Transporting or releasing into the wild, or capture and removal of any live animal or plant is prohibited without Forest Service approval. Nuisance animal hunting with dogs is allowed during any deer hunting with dogs season during daylight hours only. Additionally, nuisance animal hunting with dogs is allowed following the close of the last primitive weapon deer season until last day of February with weapons and ammunition legal for small game during daylight hours only. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, will be enforced.

Leave Young Wildlife Alone

JACKSON – With summer quickly approaching, newborn wildlife is abundant in the Magnolia State. From hatching birds and newborn squirrels, to white-tailed deer fawns, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds people to leave young wildlife alone.

MDWFP's Museum Offers Interactive “Fear” Fun Fridays in June and July

JACKSON— Who says fear cannot be fun? Fun Fridays are interactive programs held every Friday in June and July at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.! The events include games, crafts, investigations, and activities built around the “Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear” exhibit (at the museum through December 30, 2016).

Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked at Columbus Lake

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 62,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Columbus Lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (TTW). “Florida-strain largemouth bass typically grow faster and larger than native bass,” says Tyler Stubbs, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist. According to Stubbs, the goal of these stockings is to increase the number of trophy-sized bass. A 14 inch minimum length limit also remains in effect on Columbus Lake to help increase the number of fish that reach larger sizes. MDWFP has stocked approximately 700,000 Florida strain bass into Columbus Lake since 2004.

Mary Crawford Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years of age and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Mary Crawford Lake beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Perry Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Perry Lake beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

VEC to Host Bald Eagle Program

JACKSON-- Jackie Kerr, Conservation Resource Biologist and Outreach Educator, for the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will present a program about Bald Eagles at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. Kerr will discuss the population status of eagles in Mississippi and other interesting facts about this once endangered species. Participants will also learn what to do if they see an injured eagle.

American Legion Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at American Legion Lake in Houston beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The free event is hosted by the Chickasaw Development Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Madison 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 Madison County. The workshop will be held at the Turcotte Education Building located at 506 Hwy 43 South near Canton on Thursday evening, June 16 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 MDWFP Central Region Office at (601) 859-3421.

Puskus Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Puskus Lake beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The free event is hosted by the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Trace State Park Lake Boat Ramp Closed

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has lowered the lake level and closed the boat ramp at Trace State Park Lake. The lake level was lowered to allow MDWFP personnel to make improvements and repairs at the lake. Bank fishing, paddling, and camping activities will remain open to visitors during this time.

2016 Youth Art Winners Announced

JACKSON - The Visitor Education Center (VEC) received artwork from approximately 300 Mississippi students who participated in the 2016 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Congratulations to the first place winners, Delilah Roberts, Hakeem Johnson, Marlee Schaefer, and Pearce Burge! The artwork of the top finishers is available for viewing at www.mdwfp.com. The contest was sponsored by the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

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