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MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Wins Prestigious Award
JACKSON – Keith Meals, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been named Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). Meals was presented the award at the Association’s 68th annual meeting on October 21.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Lake Bill Waller
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Bill Waller on Saturday, November 1. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake Bill Waller is located 12 miles southeast of Columbia on Marion County Wildlife Management Area.

Paul B. Johnson State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Paul B. Johnson State Park Lake on Saturday, October 25. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 10 a.m. Paul B. Johnson State Park is located 10 miles south of Hattiesburg on Hwy 49.

Paul B. Johnson State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Paul B. Johnson State Park Lake on Saturday, October 25. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 10 a.m. Paul B. Johnson State Park is located 10 miles south of Hattiesburg on Hwy 49.

WMA Waterfowl Draw Hunt Applications Available October 20
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will begin accepting applications for waterfowl draw hunts on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) on October 20. Applications must be submitted online at www.mdwfp.com/draws. WMAs offering waterfowl draw hunts are Charlie Capps, Howard Miller, Indianola, Mahannah, Muscadine Farms, Pearl River (youth only), Tuscumbia, and Trim Cane. Hunters can select the WMA of their choice and assign priority to the dates they wish to hunt.

Deer Antler Criteria and Bag Limit Changes on WMAs
JACKSON –Changes to deer hunting regulations for the 2014 – 2015 hunting season take effect on many Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state. Antler criteria have changed for multiple WMAs and generally reflect an increase in minimum main beam and inside spread requirements. For WMAs on which they hunt, hunters need to familiarize themselves with all 2014 – 2015 WMA regulations which are found at WMA permit stations and online at www.mdwfp.com/wma.

Wildlife Habitat Improvements and New Handicapped-Accessible Hunting Area on Pascagoula River WMA
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently partnered with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to improve wildlife habitat and create a handicapped-accessible hunting area on the Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (PRWMA). The PRWMA is 37,000 acres of predominately bottomland hardwood forest located within George and Jackson counties in the southeast corner of the state.

Mississippi Rabbit Season Opens October 18
JACKSON – Mississippi’s 2014 – 2015 rabbit hunting season opens October 18 and closes February 28. The bag limit is eight per day. Rabbit hunting is a fun and exciting way to spend time with family and friends and is a great way to introduce new people to hunting.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo and “Lure You to the Lake” Family Fun Day at Tippah County Lake
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo and family fun day at Tippah County Lake on Saturday, October 11. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake fishing permits have been waived for the day, and families are invited to stay and fish with their young anglers after the youth event. Tippah County Lake is located 2.5 miles north of Ripley off Hwy 15.

VEC to Host Gourd Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a “Better Gourds and Gardens II” program on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m.

MDWFP & the City of Biloxi to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Biloxi are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Hiller Park Recreation Area on Saturday, October 11. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Hiller Park is located on Hiller Drive in Biloxi.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Kemper County Lake
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Kemper County Lake on Saturday, October 11. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. Kemper County Lake is located northeast of DeKalb off Hwy 397.

2014 Fall Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the fall fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fishing in this region has already started to improve as water temperatures decrease. “Fish feed more in the fall preparing for the winter months” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “Fall offers some of the best fishing of the year, but it is often overlooked as people concentrate on hunting season.” said Stubbs. Bass anglers should target lakes that have large shad and shiner populations like Pickwick, Bay Springs, and the Canal Section Lakes A through E. In addition, bass fishing has been exceptional at Trace State Park this year as many fish over five pounds have been caught. “We expect Trace to carry that momentum into the fall season, and remain a prime destination for area bass anglers.” said Stubbs.

MWFP Foundation to Host Super Hunt for Youth With Disabilities
Jackson – The Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (Foundation) will host its second annual "Super Hunt" during the weekend of October 31 - November 2. This free event is open to physically challenged or impaired youth ages 6 - 17 and includes a day of hands-on activities at Bass Pro Shops, guided deer hunts on private lands across central Mississippi, and a banquet for participants and their families.


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