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Mallard Pointe Golf Course Renovations Underway
JACKSON – The greens renovation project at Mallard Pointe Golf Course, located at John W. Kyle State Park in Sardis, is in full swing. The greens were sprigged with Mini Verde Bermuda grass on July 18, and should be ready for play by mid- September. This renovation follows the work that was done last summer at Quail Hollow Golf Course at Percy Quin State Park as well as the upgrades made to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park Golf Course in 2012.

Summer Opportunities Abound on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area
JACKSON – Each summer thousands of people flock to the 37,000-acre Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in George and Jackson counties. Fishing is the most popular summer pastime for these WMA visitors, and anglers have plenty of water from which to choose. The Pascagoula River winds along the entire length of the WMA. Dozens of oxbow lakes are scattered throughout the area. Handicap accessible piers on select lakes provide opportunity to disabled anglers. However, more than just fishermen utilize the waters of Pascagoula River WMA. Casual boaters, canoers, and kayakers all get in on the fun. Swimmers and sunbathers soak up rays on the numerous sandbars that line the river. Nighttime also brings out users who enjoy hunting big bullfrogs in the swamp backwaters.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Clay 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 Clay County. The workshop will be held at the Clay County USDA-NRCS Service Office at 122 North Jackson Street off of Hwy 50 East in West Point on Thursday, July 31 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 extension office at (662) 494-5371.

Application Deadline Extended for Family Fish Camp at Tombigbee State Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at Tombigbee State Park near Tupelo on August 1 and 2. Times for the camp are 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The camp is open to youth ages 10-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s families to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing. To make this a family outing, at least one parent (or legal guardian 21 years of age or older) is required to attend the camp with a youth participant.

New Commissioner Appointed to Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
Jackson – The Commission on Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks swore in its newest member, Bill F. Cossar, at its July meeting. Cossar, a Charleston native and University of Mississippi alumnus, will represent District One (Northeast MS), replacing former Commissioner John C Stanley, IV.

Mississippi’s 2014 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Announced
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved dates for the 2014-2015 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds. Early migratory game bird hunting seasons set at the July meeting include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, dove, and rails. This year, early seasons will be similar to recent years with a few minor changes.

Tornado Damage Cleanup Continues at Elvis Presley Lake
JACKSON – Elvis Presley Lake, located in Tupelo, remains closed following the April 28 tornado that damaged lake grounds and facilities. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been coordinating with Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess damages on lake property

Road Improvements Made on Old River WMA
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel recently made improvements to roads on Old River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Old River WMA roads are often damaged from winter and spring flooding of the Pearl River. These roads provide management access as well as public access for hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities.

Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Stocked into Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau stocked 175,000 bluegill and 75,000 redear sunfish into Lake Tangipahoa on Wednesday, July 9. Lake Tangipahoa is located in Percy Quin State Park near McComb. The lake was closed and drained in 2012 after the levee was damaged following Hurricane Isaac.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Jackson County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Jackson County. The workshop will be held at the Lower Pascagoula Wildlife Management Area headquarters on Wade-Vancleave Road on Thursday, July 17 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 Stephen Brown at (601) 582-7721.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Forrest County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Forrest County. The workshop will be held at the group camp at Paul B. Johnson State Park on Tuesday, July 15 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 Stephen Brown at (601) 582-7721.

Duck Breeding Populations Increase Again in 2014
JACKSON- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service recently completed their annual waterfowl population surveys on the breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canadian provinces. These surveys monitor waterfowl populations and critical wetland habitats, which are used to help set hunting season frameworks. Overall, North American breeding duck populations increased 8 percent from 2013 estimates to just over 49 million birds.

VEC to Host Bird Feeder Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a bird feeder program on Saturday, July 19 at 2 p.m. Participants will learn how to make feeders from natural items as well as items found around the house. Participants will also learn some interesting facts about common birds seen at backyard feeders.

MDWFP & Cleveland Park Commission to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Bear Pen Park
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Cleveland Park Commission are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Bear Pen Park on Saturday, July 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Bear Pen Park is located on Court Street in Cleveland.

Controlled Burning and Herbicide Application at Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area
JACKSON – Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in Panola County, four miles west of Sardis. Controlled burning and selective herbicides are used annually to help maintain the WMA’s 3,900 acres of quality grassland and woodland habitat, which are home to abundant wildlife.

LEAVE FAWNS ALONE
JACKSON – With the official start of summer, white-tailed deer fawns begin to appear in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants to remind people to LEAVE FAWNS ALONE. Many Mississippians will be lucky enough to come across a newborn fawn this summer. However, well-meaning people think the fawn has been abandoned or is sick, and want to take the fawn home to care for it. “We tell people the same thing every year – please LEAVE FAWNS ALONE,” said MDWFP Deer Program Leader Lann Wilf.


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