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Crappie Stocked into Northeast Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked black crappie into two Northeast area lakes. Approximately 2,700 fish were stocked into newly renovated Lake Monroe near Aberdeen. Lake Lowndes State Park Lake, located near Columbus, received 7,200 crappie. Anglers are reminded that Lake Monroe is still closed to the public.

MDWFP Partners with NWTF for Habitat Improvements on Copiah County WMA

JACKSON – Copiah County Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located west of Hazlehurst, is a heavily forested WMA owned and managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). The MDWFP recently partnered with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to enhance wildlife habitat on the WMA. A new 10 acre area was cleared of stumps and logging debris and will serve as a managed wildlife opening. The project received funding support from the Mississippi NWTF Chapter’s Hunting Heritage Superfund Program and an additional generous donation from the Greater Jackson Chapter.

“Museum Merriment” Events Offer Unique Opportunities for Family Fun

JACKSON— Make merry memories this holiday season at the award-winning Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! “Make special memories with your family this season experimenting with ‘hot snow’, creating edible ornaments for wildlife, interacting with swamp animals, connecting with nature, and watching Santa dive to feed the fish in the aquariums!” invites Charles Knight, Museum Director. For details, please see the museum’s events calendar at

Crappie Stocked into Southwest Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked crappie into two Southwest state lakes. Approximately 3,100 Magnolia crappie were stocked into Lake Walthall near Tylertown. Lake Tangipahoa, in Percy Quin State Park near McComb, received 25,800 white crappie.

Calling Panther Lake Boat Ramp Reopens

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced that the boat ramp at Calling Panther Lake has reopened. The lake level was lowered during August to allow staff to cut boat lanes, deepen shoreline areas, and make repairs to the courtesy pier.

Mississippi’s Duck Hunting Seasons Starting Soon

JACKSON – Mississippi’s regular duck hunting season opens November 27. Many waterfowl hunters are anxiously awaiting the season opener due to record breeding duck population estimates last spring. However, hunters should remember that winter severity in the northern United States and Canada, combined with local habitat quality and availability, also play major roles in how many ducks make their way to and remain in Mississippi.

White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens November 21

JACKSON – Mississippi’s 2015 – 2016 white-tailed deer gun season opens November 21 and closes December 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed where legal during this season. Legal deer include legal bucks and antlerless deer on private lands and only legal bucks only on open public lands. The antlered buck bag limit is one buck per day, not to exceed three per annual season. Legal bucks must meet the antler criteria within the appropriate deer management zone. For youth hunters 15 years of age and younger hunting on private land and authorized state and federal lands, all three of the three buck bag limit may be any antlered deer. The antlerless deer bag limit in the Delta and Hill Deer Management Zones is five per annual season. The bag limit for antlerless deer in the Southeast Deer Management Zone and all U.S. Forest Service Lands is one per day not to exceed three per annual season.

Bream and Catfish Stocked into Northeast State Park Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish into two Northeast state park lakes. Approximately 31,850 bluegill and 13,650 redear sunfish were stocked into Tombigbee State Park Lake near Tupelo. Trace State Park Lake, a 565 acre lake located in Pontotoc County, received 38,750 bluegill; 21,125 redear sunfish; and 10,000 channel catfish.

MDWFP Biologist John Gruchy Honored by Regional Peers, Named 2015 SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year

JACKSON – The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named John Gruchy the 2015 Wildlife Biologist of the Year at their annual meeting in Asheville, NC on November 3, 2015. Gruchy is the private lands habitat coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

WMA Waterfowl Draw Hunt Applications Now Open

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is now accepting online applications for Wildlife Management Area (WMA) waterfowl draw hunts. Applications can be submitted at All applicants must have a valid WMA user permit to apply. WMA user permits are available for purchase online at or may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

Preparing for Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities on WMAs

JACKSON –Throughout Mississippi, wintering waterfowl habitat and hunting areas are being prepared for the upcoming waterfowl season. The recent and much needed rain has helped to jump start fall flooding of waterfowl hunting units. The rain also began the process of putting water in many areas on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) without pumping capability.

Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities in North Mississippi

JACKSON – Multiple Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in northeast Mississippi offer public hunting opportunity to pursue waterfowl during the 2015 – 2016 hunting season. Canal Section, Graham Lake, Upper Sardis, and Tuscumbia WMAs have a variety of managed and natural wetlands that attract wintering waterfowl.

Special Primitive Weapons Season for Deer Opens November 9

JACKSON – Mississippi’s special primitive weapons season for white-tailed deer will open November 9 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 9 – November 20. This special season is provided to help hunters in areas with higher deer densities earlier opportunities to achieve antlerless harvest objectives prior to the rut. Only archery equipment and primitive firearms may be used during this season.

Youth Gun Deer Season Opens November 7

JACKSON – The gun deer season for youth hunters age 15 and younger begins November 7. This season provides youth hunters with the first firearms deer hunting opportunity. Youth may use any firearm and zone-specific spread and main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters. The bag limit on Delta and Hill Zone antlerless deer is five per annual season. The bag limit on Southeast Zone antlerless deer is one per day not to exceed three per annual season. Youth may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day not to exceed three bucks for the entire hunting season.

Channel Catfish Stocked into Northeast Area Lakes

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked channel catfish into four Northeast area lakes. Approximately 7,500 fish were stocked into Tippah County Lake near Ripley, and Tombigbee State Park Lake near Plantersville received 5,000 fish. Additionally, Ballard Park and Veteran’s Park Lakes in Tupelo received around 400 catfish each. “Channel catfish are highly prized by anglers because they fight hard and make excellent table fare,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs.

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