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MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeos at RecCon Lake and Wall Doxey State Park

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to upcoming fishing rodeos at RecCon Lake and Wall Doxey State Park. These events will be good opportunities for young anglers to fish lakes that are well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch. Families are invited to come enjoy quality time together in a safe environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, catfish bait, and stringers.

Mississippi Deer Archery Seasons Open October 1 & 15

JACKSON –The opening of deer archery season is October 1 for the Hill and Delta Zones and October 15 for the Southeast Zone. Longbows, recurves, compound bows, and crossbows are all considered legal archery equipment and can be used during all hunting seasons for deer. There is no minimum or maximum draw weight, no minimum arrow length, and fixed or mechanical broadheads may be used.

5th Annual “Park After Dark” Offers Unique Family-Friendly Halloween Fun

JACKSON — Enjoy fun games and science at two award-winning museums at the 5th Annual “Park After Dark” (PAD)! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children's Museum (MCM) will host PAD on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The museums are adjacent to one another at I-55 and Lakeland Drive near LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. “Experience ‘night at the museums’ at this one-of-a-kind Halloween event! There isn’t another event like it in Mississippi,” says Charles Knight, Director of the MDWFP Museum of Natural Science.

Squirrel Season Opens October 1

JACKSON – The 2016 – 2017 Mississippi fall squirrel season opens on October 1, 2016 and closes February 28, 2017. The special youth squirrel season is September 24 – September 30 on private lands and authorized state and federal lands only. The bag limit is eight squirrels per day.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeos at Lakes Bogue Homa and Kemper County

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to upcoming fishing rodeos at Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) Lakes Bogue Homa and Kemper County. These events are great opportunities for young anglers to fish lakes that are well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch. Families are invited to come enjoy quality time together in a safe environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, catfish bait, and stringers.

Take Part in "Outdoorama on the Rez" on September 24

JACKSON – Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day at Outdoorama on the Rez on Saturday, September 24 at Turcotte Education and Shooting Facility. The event, hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for youth ages 5 to 14. Turcotte is located in Canton on Hwy 43 near Ross Barnett Reservoir.

US Forest Service Donates Gates and Cattle Guards to Pascagoula River WMA

JACKSON – The United States Forest Service (USFS) De Soto Ranger District recently donated surplus gates and cattle guards to the Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in George and Jackson Counties.

Bike Your Park

JACKSON—Explore Mississippi State Parks by bicycle on Bike Your Park Day, September 24. Bring friends and family and join in the organized rides celebrating our state parks in conjunction with National Public Lands Day. You will be joining thousands of others who will explore parks and public lands by bicycle on the same day.

Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park Re-Opens September 21

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing day at Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park on Saturday, September 17, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishing will be open to youth 15 years and under. All youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old and has a valid Mississippi fishing license. Lake Tangipahoa will open to the general public on Wednesday, September 21, at 6 a.m.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop at Hugh White State Park

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Grenada County at Hugh White State Park on Saturday, September 24 at 2 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 park at (662) 226-4934.

Dove Hunting Permits Still Available in Kemper and Webster Counties

JACKSON – As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has worked with private landowners to offer dove fields in Kemper County and Webster County. A limited number of hunting permits are still available for purchase for these fields. The Kemper County field is a 57-acre browntop millet and goat weed field and is located east of Scooba. The Webster County field is a 45-acre browntop millet field and is located near the community of Alva.

New Rule Affects Transportation of Big Game Harvested in Other States

JACKSON – Mississippians traveling out of state to hunt big game this fall need to be aware of a new rule affecting the transport of their trophy. In May 2016, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks passed 40 Miss. Admin Code, Part 2, Rule 2.7 Prohibition on Cervid Carcass Importation, to Protect Mississippi from Chronic Wasting Disease. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease that affects cervids and has been found in 24 states and 3 foreign countries. A cervid is a member of the deer family and includes white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, red deer, sika deer, and fallow deer.

Dove Season Opens September 3

JACKSON – Dove hunting seasons will open on September 3 statewide in Mississippi. For private lands on opening day, shooting hours will start 30 minutes before sunrise. Dove fields on Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Wildlife Management Areas may have various shooting times, depending on the specific area’s regulations. Fields operated under the MDWFP Private Land Dove Field Program will have a start time of 12 p.m. Shooting hours for all migratory game birds end at sunset.

Mississippi’s Early Canada Goose Season Opens September 1

JACKSON – Mississippi hunters will get their first wing-shooting opportunity of the fall when the early Canada goose season opens September 1. This season is open to help manage Mississippi’s population of resident Canada geese, which can become overpopulated and create nuisance problems in local areas. This year hunters will enjoy an expanded hunting season, which closes September 30, giving hunters the entire month to pursue these birds. Hunters should be sure their hunting license is current for the 2016-17 hunting season, complete with Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration for Mississippi, as well as state and federal waterfowl stamps.

Don’t Miss It - Last Weekend of the Year to Enjoy Buccaneer Bay Water Park

WAVELAND – Need one last getaway before the summer ends? Head to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and enjoy all Buccaneer State Park has to offer! Wake up to a beautiful ocean view, and take your pick of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, relaxing on the beach, or hitting the waves in Mississippi's largest wave pool at Buccaneer Bay Waterpark.

Lefleur’s Bluff State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Mayes Lake in Lefleur’s Bluff State Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 3. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Invasive Cogongrass Reduced on Southwest Mississippi WMAs

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) continues to battle cogongrass on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Cogongrass, an exotic plant species from Asia, has aggressively expanded its range across Mississippi. Unfortunately, it is present on most WMAs in South Mississippi.

Foundation to Host 4th Annual Super Hunt for Youth with Disabilities

JACKSON—The Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will host its annual Super Hunt event October 28-30 for youth ages 6-17 with disabilities. The weekend includes a variety of fun activities for participants and their families at Turcotte Education and Shooting Facility as well as two days of deer hunting.

Breeding Duck Populations Still High in 2016

JACKSON – The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service, along with other partner organizations, recently completed their annual waterfowl breeding population and habitat surveys on the breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canadian provinces. These surveys monitor waterfowl populations and critical wetland habitat conditions, which are directly related to the number of birds which will head south during the fall and winter.

Fish Kills Possible Following Tropical-Like Storm

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists in Southwest Mississippi anticipate potential fish kill reports following the tropical-like system that caused extensive flooding in the region.

Golden Memorial State Park Youth Fishing

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Golden Memorial State Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 27. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Prescribed Burning Program Accepting Applications

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Wildlife Mississippi, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Mississippi Forestry Commission and others to provide cost-share for prescribed burning on private lands. Since its inception in 2011, the “Fire on the Forty” program has provided cost-share funding for prescribed burning on more than 47,000 acres in north and south Mississippi.

Feeding Alligators is Illegal

JACKSON – Feeding alligators is illegal in Mississippi. Feeding alligators will condition wild alligators to associate humans and human activity with a source of food. The results can be very dangerous especially when unaware people are near a body of water where alligators have been fed.

Dove Hunting Opportunity Offered in Kemper, Pearl River, and Webster Counties

JACKSON -Through its Private Land Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has partnered with private landowners to provide dove fields in Kemper, Pearl River, and Webster counties, and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase on each field.
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