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Elvis Presley Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Elvis Presley Lake beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Lake Patsy Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Patsy beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 12. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Dove Hunting Opportunities Offered on WMAs

JACKSON–The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is offering dove hunting opportunity on wildlife management areas (WMAs) across the state. There are 15 WMAs with designated, prepared dove fields. These areas include Black Prairie, Canal Section, Charles Ray Nix, Copiah County, Divide Section, Hell Creek, Howard Miller, Indianola, Leroy Percy, Mahannah, Muscadine Farms, Okatibbee, O’Keefe, Tuscumbia, and Yockanookany.

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Webster County

JACKSON –As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Webster County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 65-acre browntop millet field is located northwest of Eupora.

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Kemper County

JACKSON –As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Kemper County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 57-acre browntop millet and goat weed field is located east of Scooba.

Improved Fishing at Mississippi River Oxbow Lakes

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau received several good reports from anglers fishing at Mississippi River oxbows during the last two weeks. This is welcome news after anglers and biologists saw a decline in bass, bream, and crappie populations over the past few years.

Mississippi’s Alligator Hunters Prepare for Season Opening

JACKSON – Mississippi’s eleventh public waters alligator hunting season will open at noon on August 28 and conclude at noon on September 7. The alligator hunting season has rapidly grown into one of the most popular hunting seasons in the state. Alligator harvest has grown from 30 in 2005 to 682 in 2014. Each year, more than 7,000 residents eagerly await the opportunity to receive one of the 920 special hunting permits.

Calling Panther 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 Calling Panther Lake in Copiah County. The lake level was lowered to allow MDWFP staff to make several improvements at the lake. Bank fishing and camping is available during this time.

MDWFP Commission Proposes Change to Wildlife Supplemental Feeding Rule

JACKSON – A change to the wildlife supplemental feeding rule was proposed by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks at its recent meeting on August 19th.

Mississippi Valley State University Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, August 22. The free event is hosted by MVSU and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Golden Memorial State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Golden Memorial State Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 29. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Gov. Bryant Congratulates MDWFP LawFit Team on Winning National Competition

JACKSON – Today Governor Phil Bryant welcomed members of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' LawFit Team to the Governor's Mansion to congratulate them on winning the 2015 National LawFit Competition held last month in Olive Branch.

Mississippi and Louisiana Wildlife Officers Arrest Men for Illegal Fishing

JACKSON -- A joint investigation between the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has resulted in the arrest of three Mississippi men.

New Hunting Opportunity at Great River Road State Park Wildlife Management Area

JACKSON – Great River Road facilities were decimated by the Mississippi River Flood of 2011. Since that time, the city of Rosedale has managed the new day-use section of the park, while the remaining property was closed to the public due to flood damage.

Phillips Named “Hometown Hero” by Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau

JACKSON— George Phillips, Paleontology Curator at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science, was recently named a “Hometown Hero” by the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. Phillips is a respected researcher and an exemplary ambassador for science to the state of Mississippi. The state’s fossil collection has grown to more than eight times its original size under Phillips’ stewardship over the past eleven years. George was recently featured on the History Channel’s hit show,American Pickers, and he was even able to charm the show’s hardened deal-drivers into donating a valuable duck-billed dinosaur femur, originally collected in Mississippi, to the museum!

Rohnke and Smith Receive Prestigious “Project WILD” Awards

JACKSON— Project WILD’s Council for Environmental Education recently recognized two Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science staff members for their outstanding contributions to conservation education. The museum’s assistant director, Angel Rohnke, was named the “2015 Rudolph J. H. Schafer Outstanding Coordinator” and conservation educator, Nicole Smith, was named the “Mississippi Project WILD Facilitator of the Year”. Project WILD links students and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.

Mississippi’s Waterfowl Late Seasons Announced

Jackson –The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2015 – 2016 waterfowl hunting seasons. “Breeding populations were strong again in 2015, which will result in a liberal season framework of 60 days with a 6-duck daily bag limit,” said Houston Havens, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Waterfowl Program Leader.

MDWFP Offers Dove Hunting Opportunities on Private Lands

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) offers public dove hunting opportunities on leased private lands throughout the state. The Private Lands Dove Field Program began in 2004 in an effort to provide additional public dove hunting opportunities. For this hunting season, private land dove fields will be located in Kemper, Panola, Pearl River, Scott, and Webster counties. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family-friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Houston Havens, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Leader. Havens says, “MDWFP has partnered with farmers to make their fields available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

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