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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.

WMA Youth Dove Hunting Opportunities

JACKSON – Dove hunting is an excellent opportunity to introduce youth to hunting and shooting sports. The social atmosphere of dove hunting also introduces youth to the experience of the hunting camp tradition and creates special memories with family and friends. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is providing unique hunting opportunities for youth on our Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). This year there will be two youth dove hunts held on Black Prairie and Mahannah WMAs.

Deer and Early Teal Hunting Applications Available August 1

JACKSON – Beginning August 1, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will accept draw permit applications for deer and early season teal on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws. All hunters (including under 16, over 65, and handicap) applying for a WMA draw hunt must possess a current valid WMA Permit or a Lifetime Hunting License to apply for a WMA Draw Hunt. After purchasing or renewing your license you must wait 24 hours until you can apply.

B.B. King Museum’s “Art of Living Smart” Students to Visit MDWFP's Science Museum

JACKSON— On July 22, 2016, eighty children from the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center’s “The Art of Living Smart” program will visit the MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science (Science Museum) in Jackson! The students will enjoy a Creature Feature with Conservation Educator Corey Wright and tour the museum. The idea for the tour sprang from a recent visit by Science Museum staff to the B.B. King Museum in which staff discussed opportunities to partner and promote one another.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Bear Pen Park

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Bear Pen Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Tallaha District Cub Scout

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roosevelt State Park

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Roosevelt State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Proposed Nuisance Animal Rule Withdrawn

JACKSON – Today the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks at a Special Meeting voted to withdraw proposed rule changes to 40 Miss. Admin. Code, Part 2, Rule 7.1 General Regulation for the Taking of Nuisance Animals. Therefore, this rule will not be an agenda item for discussion on July 20, 2016.

Alligator Hunting Permits To Go On Sale July 19

JACKSON – Alligator hunting in Mississippi is by special permit only. For 2016, public water alligator hunting permits will be available only through an on-line first-come-first-serve purchase process. These special permits will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. on July 19, 2016, via the MDWFP website and www.ms.gov/mdwfp/alligator and will remain on sale till all available permits are sold. Each permit costs $150 and requires the purchase of an Alligator Hunting License ($25). In addition, payment is required immediately and permits are not refundable, nor may they be transferred to another individual. A credit card or debit card and a valid email address are required to purchase the permit. Each person is limited to only one permit in a zone of their choice, as long as they are available.

July 4th Weekend Boating Enforcement Statistics

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Conservation Officers concluded the 2016 July 4th boating enforcement period which began Friday, July1 at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, July 4 at midnight.

Repairs Planned for Trace State Park Lake

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is making needed repairs to the water level control structure and dam at Trace State Park. MDWFP personnel will install an inflatable plug in the outflow pipe that will allow divers to replace the damaged stem on the water control structure. “We expect stem repair to take place within the next two to three weeks,” says MDWFP State Parks Director Jennifer Head. “Although the boat ramp is closed, bank fishing, paddling, and camping activities remain open to visitors during this time.”

Proposed Changes to Nuisance Animal Regulations May Not Affect You!

JACKSON – The proposed nuisance animal rule change only affects the hunting of nuisance animals on open U.S. Forest Service lands. Nuisance animals are defined in MISS. CODE ANN. §49-7-1 as wild hogs, nutria, beaver, fox, skunks, and coyotes.This rule change does not apply to private lands.“The proposed changes does not change deer hunting with dogs, permitted field trials, the summer raccoon season, or any other hunting season,” explained Chad Dacus, of Wildlife Bureau Director for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

VEC to Host Alligator Program

JACKSON - Ricky Flynt, Wildlife Biologist and Alligator Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will present a program about alligators at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Flynt will discuss the biology and population status of alligators. Participants will also learn about the nuisance alligator program and hunting opportunities in Mississippi.

Proposed Changes to Nuisance Animal Regulations

JACKSON –The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes to the General Regulation for the Taking of Nuisance Animals on June 22. At the request of the U.S. Forest Service, to address safety, resource concerns, and reduce confusion by the public, proposed changes to regulations for hunting of nuisance animals on open national forest land are as follows: On U.S. Forest Service lands, nuisance animals may be killed during daylight hours only during any open hunting season with weapons and ammunition legal for that season. No bait or feed is allowed at any time. Trapping (including snaring) of hogs is prohibited. Transporting or releasing into the wild, or capture and removal of any live animal or plant is prohibited without Forest Service approval. Nuisance animal hunting with dogs is allowed during any deer hunting with dogs season during daylight hours only. Additionally, nuisance animal hunting with dogs is allowed following the close of the last primitive weapon deer season until last day of February with weapons and ammunition legal for small game during daylight hours only. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, will be enforced.

Leave Young Wildlife Alone

JACKSON – With summer quickly approaching, newborn wildlife is abundant in the Magnolia State. From hatching birds and newborn squirrels, to white-tailed deer fawns, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds people to leave young wildlife alone.

MDWFP's Museum Offers Interactive “Fear” Fun Fridays in June and July

JACKSON— Who says fear cannot be fun? Fun Fridays are interactive programs held every Friday in June and July at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.! The events include games, crafts, investigations, and activities built around the “Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear” exhibit (at the museum through December 30, 2016).

Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked at Columbus Lake

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 62,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Columbus Lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (TTW). “Florida-strain largemouth bass typically grow faster and larger than native bass,” says Tyler Stubbs, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist. According to Stubbs, the goal of these stockings is to increase the number of trophy-sized bass. A 14 inch minimum length limit also remains in effect on Columbus Lake to help increase the number of fish that reach larger sizes. MDWFP has stocked approximately 700,000 Florida strain bass into Columbus Lake since 2004.

Mary Crawford Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years of age and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Mary Crawford Lake beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Perry Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Perry Lake beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

VEC to Host Bald Eagle Program

JACKSON-- Jackie Kerr, Conservation Resource Biologist and Outreach Educator, for the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will present a program about Bald Eagles at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. Kerr will discuss the population status of eagles in Mississippi and other interesting facts about this once endangered species. Participants will also learn what to do if they see an injured eagle.

American Legion Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at American Legion Lake in Houston beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The free event is hosted by the Chickasaw Development Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Madison 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 Madison County. The workshop will be held at the Turcotte Education Building located at 506 Hwy 43 South near Canton on Thursday evening, June 16 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 the MDWFP Central Region Office at (601) 859-3421.

Puskus Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Puskus Lake beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The free event is hosted by the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Trace State Park 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 Trace State Park Lake. The lake level was lowered to allow MDWFP personnel to make improvements and repairs at the lake. Bank fishing, paddling, and camping activities will remain open to visitors during this time.

2016 Youth Art Winners Announced

JACKSON - The Visitor Education Center (VEC) received artwork from approximately 300 Mississippi students who participated in the 2016 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Congratulations to the first place winners, Delilah Roberts, Hakeem Johnson, Marlee Schaefer, and Pearce Burge! The artwork of the top finishers is available for viewing at www.mdwfp.com. The contest was sponsored by the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Alcorn 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 Alcorn County. The workshop will be held at the Alcorn County Extension Office located at 2200 Levee Road in Corinth on Tuesday, June 14 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 Alcorn County Extension Office at (662) 286-7755.

Memorial Day Weekend Enforcement Statistics

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks conservation officers concluded the 2016 Memorial Day enforcement period which began Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, May 30 at midnight.

Grenada Reservoir Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Grenada Reservoir catfish ponds beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11. The free event is hosted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Neshoba County Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Neshoba County Lake beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Local Anglers Assist with Largemouth Bass Stocking at Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked Florida-strain largemouth bass into Ross Barnett Reservoir. In cooperation with Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and local bass anglers, the fish were transported and released into backwater areas to improve survival rates. Volunteers using the Hwy 43 ramps near Tommy’s Trading Post stocked approximately 75,000 bass, and additional 26,000 were released in Pelahatchie Bay.

New Fishing Regulations Finalized for MDWFP Lakes

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced changes to fishing regulations at four MDWFP lakes. These changes go into effect on June 23, 2016.

MDWFP Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week 2016

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants you to mark your calendar for National Fishing and Boating Week June 4 -12, a national celebration of fishing and boating. June 4 and 5 are designated as “Free Fishing Days” in Mississippi, and any person may sport fish without a license. In addition, daily permits to fish at state fishing lakes and parks are not required.

Black Bass Regulation Change Approved for Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a new black bass regulation on Ross Barnett Reservoir. The new regulation increases the minimum length limit on black bass to 14 inches and becomes effective on June 23, 2016. Under the new rule, anglers will be required to throw back all bass 14 inches and under. The daily creel limit will remain seven fish per angler.

Fishing Regulation Changes Approved for Lake Washington

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced new fishing regulations on Lake Washington. The new regulation sets the minimum length limit for crappie at 11 inches, but anglers will be allowed to harvest five fish under the length limit each day. The daily creel limit for crappie will remain 30 per angler. The new crappie regulations and the current black bass regulations will include the outlet channel from Lake Washington to the weir at Paul Love Park.

Katfishin’ Kids Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is hosted by The Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Sport Fish Restoration, Coca-Cola Bottling, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Frito Lay, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Brown Bottling Group, ESI Supply, LLC, BankPlus, Keep the Rez Beautiful, Allied Waste Services, Keesler Federal Credit Union and all local Wal-Mart stores.

See Live Snakes at “Snake Day” on June 7 at the Museum

JACKSON— See, touch, and learn about live snakes! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host “Snake Day” on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “At Snake Day, you can see and touch live snakes, learn the value of Mississippi’s native snakes, and how to distinguish venomous snakes from non-venomous snakes,” explains Museum Director Charles Knight.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Holmes 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 Holmes County. The workshop will be held at the Holmes County Bank annex building on the court square in Lexington on Tuesday, June 7 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 the Holmes County Extension office at (662) 458-3847.

Museum to Host “Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear” Exhibit

JACKSON—Why do our hearts race, our knees shake, and our bodies sweat when we are scared?Goose Bumps! The Science of Fearexplores this universal emotion that can save our lives. “Through fun, interactive challenges, guests can experience fear in a safe environment and discover the science behind their physical and emotional responses,” explains Museum Director Charles Knight. The exhibit opens at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science on May 28, 2016and runs through December 30, 2016.

Sardis Lower Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Cypress Point Recreation area on the Lower Lake of Sardis Reservoir beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is hosted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Coahoma County Expo Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is hosted by the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Lake Bill Waller Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Bill Waller beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Lake Claude Bennett Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 28. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Registration Deadline Extended for Family Fish Camp at NMFH Visitor Education Center

JACKSON - The deadline to register for the Family Fish Camp at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) North MS Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center has been extended to May 25. The camp, which is cosponsored by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), will be on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

DeSoto County Man Fined $11,000 for Headlighting Deer

Donald Wayne Hensley, 49 of Hernando, was found guilty this week of five separate counts of headlighting deer in a Tunica County courtroom. Hensley was charged $11,174 in fines, sentenced to four months of house arrest, and loss of hunting privileges through 2019.

McMillan Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at McMillan Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21. The free event is hosted by the City of Carthage, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), and the Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Service.

Lake Lamar Bruce Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Lamar Bruce beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 21. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

John W. Kyle State Park to Host "Kids to Parks" Day Activities

JACKSON – John W. Kyle State Park, in Sardis, invites you to enjoy a day of play at the park with your family on May 21 as part of "Kids to Parks" Day. Join thousands of children, families, teachers, cities, towns, and parks in this nationwide celebration of outdoor play. Kids to Parks Day is organized by the National Park Trust, an organization encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.

Tombigbee State Park to Host "Kids to Parks" Day Activities

JACKSON – Tombigbee State Park, in Tupelo, invites you to enjoy a day of play at the park with your family on May 21 as part of "Kids to Parks" Day. Join thousands of children, families, teachers, cities, towns, and parks in this nationwide celebration of outdoor play. Kids to Parks Day is organized by the National Park Trust, an organization encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.

MDWFP Investigates Mysterious Turkey Deaths

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), in conjunction with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) recently released findings associated with the deaths of 15 wild turkey hens in Tallahatchie County. The birds were reported by a landowner to local Conservation Officer Dale Adams, who subsequently collected the specimens for testing.

Habitat Restoration Project Recently Completed at Indianola WMA

JACKSON – A habitat restoration project was recently completed at Indianola Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This project will not only restore areas to their native habitat, but will also provide visual cover for wintering waterfowl from public roads.

MDWFP's Museum “Summer Camp 2016” Online Registration Now Open

JACKSON—Remember those magical childhood summer days spent exploring the outdoors? This June, your children can experience similar adventures! Register your children for summer camp at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science. Age-appropriate camps include: “Go Outdooors…Camp!”, “Jr. Naturalist Camp”, and “Field Camp” for children entering kindergarten through entering twelfth grade.

NMFH Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, May 21. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

MDWFP and MSU Extension Service to Host Pond Management Workshop in Harrison County

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the MSU Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Harrison County. The workshop will be held at the Lyman Community Center located at 13472 Highway 49 in Gulfport on Thursday, May 19 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 Paul B. Johnson State park office at (601) 582-7721.

MDWFP to Pay Tribute to Fallen Conservation Officers

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host its annual memorial ceremony on May 18 at 10 a.m. to honor and remember those Conservation Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The annual Memorial Ceremony is open to the public and will be held at MDWFP headquarters located at 1505 Eastover Drive in Jackson.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Claiborne 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 Claiborne County. The workshop will be held at the Claiborne County Extension Office located at 510 Main Street in Port Gibson on Tuesday, May 17 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 Claiborne County Extension office at (601) 437-5011.

Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou WMAs Continue to be Impacted by Flooding

JACKSON – Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) encompass over 50,000 acres along the Pascagoula River in George and Jackson counties. The Pascagoula River basin is the largest drainage in the southeast region of the state. Over the past five months, the WMAs have experienced constant cycles of flooding which have lead to numerous road and hunting season closures. Roads and hunting seasons are closed during high water conditions to minimize road damage and keep visitors safe. Roads are highly susceptible to damage during periods of high water and often require costly repairs. Once flood waters recede, WMA personnel inspect roads and re-open when conditions are suitable. Visitors are encouraged to review Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou WMA regulations for more specific information regarding road and hunting season closures. These regulations can be found online at www.mdwfp.com/wma.

Illegal Commercial Fishermen Arrested in George County

Conservation Officers with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently concluded a multi-day operation in George County with numerous commercial fishing violations and arrests on Black Creek. Black Creek, a popular and scenic stream in Jackson and George County, is open to recreational sport fishing but commercial fishing gear is prohibited. Commercial fishing gear such as the "slat box" seized this weekend, are commonly used to catch larger quantities of fish than recreational gear and may negatively affect other aquatic species.

Clarkco State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Clarkco State Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Trace State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Trace Lake in Trace State Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Olive Branch Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at George M. Harrison Municipal Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the City of Olive Branch and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Chickasawhay National Wildlife Refuge Gator Pond Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Gator Pond on Chickasawhay National Wildlife Refuge beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service.

Treating Cogongrass on Wildlife Management Areas

JACKSON – With spring in full swing, trees are leafing out and flowers are blooming. This is a great time to identify different plant communities and locate any invasive plant species. Cogongrass is an aggressive, invasive species that will out-compete all native plant species and take over a landscape.

2016 -2017 Hunting Season Proposals

JACKSON – At a public meeting on April 20, 2016, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes for the 2016 – 2017 white-tailed deer and turkey seasons, as well as Wildlife Management Area rules changes.

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 Paul B. Johnson State Park office located at 319 Geiger Lake Road on Tuesday, May 10 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 the park office at (601) 582-7721.

Spring Squirrel Season Opens May 14

JACKSON – Mississippi’s spring squirrel hunting season opens statewide May 14 – June 1. The bag limit is four squirrels per day during the spring season.

Fishing Regulation Changes Proposed for Lake Washington

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposed rule to increase the minimum length limit for crappie on Lake Washington from 10 inches to 11 inches. Anglers will be allowed to harvest five fish under the length limit each day, and the daily creel limit will remain 30 fish per angler. The proposed crappie regulations and the current black bass regulations will include the outlet channel from Lake Washington to the weir at Paul Love Park.

2016 Legion State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Legion State Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Alligator Hunting Seasons for 2016 Announced

JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, on April 20, approved the final rule changes for the 2016 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi. The statewide public waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways. A total of 920 permits will be available within seven hunting zones across the state for the ten-day season, August 26 – September 5, 2016.

Defendants Indicted in Illegal Deer Importation

JACKSON - Earlier this week, two of three defendants named in an indictment, filed in February of this year, were arraigned in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The three men named in the indictment are Coleman Virgil Slade and Dewayne Slade of Lamar County, Mississippi, and Don Durett of Stonewall County, Texas. Dewayne Slade and Don Durett were arraigned this week. Coleman Slade will be arraigned at a later date. The indictment alleges that the men violated the Lacey Act.

Lake Lowndes State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Lowndes State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Regulation Change Proposed for Ross Barnett Reservoir Black Bass

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposal to increase the black bass minimum length limit on Ross Barnett Reservoir from 12 to 14 inches. Anglers will be required to throw back all bass 14 inches and under. The daily creel limit will remain seven fish per angler.

Family Fish Camp to be Held at Lake Lamar Bruce

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at Lake Lamar Bruce near Satillo on June 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The camp will be a great way for Mississippi families to learn about fish and fishing.

Fishing Regulations for MDWFP Lakes Proposed

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced proposed fishing regulations for Lake Tangipahoa in Percy Quin State Park. The regulations include a slot limit of 16-22 inches for largemouth bass, with a daily creel limit of seven bass per angler including one bass over 22 inches. A daily creel limit of 20 crappie and 50 bream has also been proposed. “These regulations will help sustain high angler catch rates and protect the initial stock of largemouth bass,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Jerry Brown. Lake Tangipahoa will host a youth fishing day on Tuesday, September 17 and will open to the general public on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Mississippi’s 2016-17 Early Migratory Bird Seasons Announced

JACKSON –The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2016 – 2017 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds during its monthly meeting on April 20, 2016. These early seasons include doves, resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, and rails.

Mississippi’s 2016-17 Waterfowl Seasons Announced

JACKSON –The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2016-2017 waterfowl hunting seasons during the April 20, 2016 meeting. Under a new season selection process, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases all migratory game bird frameworks in early spring each year providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates. “This new selection process uses the previous year’s breeding population and breeding habitat data to provide frameworks for hunting seasons. This allows states to select migratory bird seasons when other hunting seasons are set, and to publish those seasons earlier in the year. Waterfowl breeding populations in 2015 were high, which will again result in a liberal season framework of 60 days with a six-duck daily bag limit,” said Houston Havens, Waterfowl Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Youth Fish Camp to be Held at Turcotte Education Center

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Youth Fish Camp at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton on July 20 and 21. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15, and is designed to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County. The workshop will be held at Lake Lowndes State Park main office located at 3319 Lake Lowndes Road near Columbus on Thursday, May 5 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 Lowndes County Extension office at (662) 328-2111.

Desoto National Forest Airey Lake Recreation Area Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Airey Lake Recreation Area beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service.

Science Museum to Host “Birdsong and Bluegrass” Event on May 7

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to a new event: “Birdsong and Bluegrass” on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bryan Ledford & the Accumulators and The Vernon Brothers will entertain museum visitors, and food will be available for purchase. “Good food, good music, and birdsong: what a great way to enjoy spring!” says Charles Knight, Museum Director.

Homochitto National Forest Clear Springs Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Clear Springs Lake in the Clear Springs Recreation Area beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 30. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service.

2016 Youth Art Contest Deadline

Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2016 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 10, 2016.

Tippah County Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Tippah County Lake in Ripley beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Natchez State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Natchez State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Family Fish Camp to be Held at NMFH Visitor Center

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at the North MS Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center near Enid on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The camp will be a great way for Mississippi families to learn about fish and fishing.

South Delta Wildlife Management Areas Closed Due to Flooding

JACKSON – Heavy rainfall during the month of March and April has resulted in extraordinary high water levels and backwater flooding in the Mississippi south Delta. On April 12, 2016, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) signed an Executive Order closing turkey season, including any permit-only turkey hunts, on Lake George, Sunflower, and Twin Oaks Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for the remainder of the season.

Family Fish Camp to be Held at Paul B. Johnson 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 Paul B. Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg on May 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The camp will be a great way for Mississippi families to learn about fish and fishing.

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 4 to 15 years old are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Fishing Derby Ponds beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and The Friends of Noxubee Refuge.

Meridian Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Q. B. Sykes Park in Meridian beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Meridian Parks and Recreation.

2016-17 Youth Participation Initiative Applications Announced

Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) is now accepting applications. The YPI was established to provide funding for the purpose of educating youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, and natural resource conservation. During 2015-2016, YPI provided a total of $147,672 to help fund 25 projects across Mississippi. In order to improve the program's services to grant recipients, the due date for YPI applications is moved to May 1.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Newton 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 Newton County. The workshop will be held at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station located at 51 Coastal Plains Road on Thursday, April 21 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 the Newton County Extension office at (601) 635-7011.

Diamondhead Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Twin Lakes Park pavilion beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Diamondhead.

Choctaw Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Choctaw Lake in the Tombigbee National Forest beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U. S. Forest Service.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop at NMFH Visitor Center

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Yalobusha County at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) below Enid Reservoir dam on Saturday, April 16 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 VEC at (662) 563-8068.

Pearl Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Bright Park in Pearl beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Pearl.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Pike 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 Pike County. The workshop will be held at Percy Quin State Park convention center on Tuesday, April 12 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 MDWFP South Region office at (601) 783-2911.

MDWFP to Host State Championship Archery Tournament

JACKSON—Having competed in North and South State qualifying tournaments, more than 4,000 student archers representing schools across Mississippi are gearing up to compete in the 2016 Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) State Tournament, April 4-7 at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson.

Persistent Flooding Causes Closure of South Delta Wildlife Management Areas

JACKSON – Heavy rainfall during the month of March has resulted in extraordinary high water levels and backwater flooding in the Mississippi south Delta. On March 28, 2016, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) signed an Executive Order closing the turkey season, including any youth turkey hunts and permit-only turkey hunts, on Lake George, Sunflower, and Twin Oaks Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) until April 15, 2016.

Amory Railroad Festival Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at McAlpine Lake in Amory beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Amory as part of the 2016 Amory Railroad Festival.

New State Record Yellow Perch Caught at Pickwick Lake

JACKSON – On Monday, March 21, Wesley Cummings of Booneville was fishing in Mill Creek at Pickwick Lake near Iuka. While crappie fishing using a small pink jig, Mr. Cummings hooked and landed a large yellow perch. The fish was positively identified by Tyler Stubbs, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and was weighed on a certified scale. Mr. Cummings’ fish weighed 1.46 pounds, becoming the new Mississippi state record yellow perch! “Catching a yellow perch is rare, so the potential of seeing a new state record was unexpected and exciting. I was more than happy to certify the fish for Mr. Cummings," said Tyler Stubbs.

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Hansel King Sportsplex beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department.

Alligator Hunting Seasons for 2016 Proposed

JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes for the 2016 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi on March 16. The statewide public waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways. As proposed, a total of 920 permits will be available within 7 hunting zones across the state for the 10-day season, August 26 – September 5, 2016. All public water permits will be available for purchase on a first-come-first-serve basis. Permits will only be available for purchase electronically through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website beginning July 19, 2016. To be eligible to purchase an alligator hunting permit you must be at least 16 years of age and possess one of the following valid resident licenses prior to July 19 to be eligible: Sportsman License, All-Game Hunting/Fishing License, Small Game Hunting/Fishing License, Apprentice Sportsman License, Apprentice All Game License, Apprentice Small Game License, Senior Exempt License, Disabled Exempt License, or a Lifetime License. An Alligator Hunting Training Course will be provided to permit holders, however the course is no longer mandatory.

2016 Spring Fishing Forecast for Southeast Mississippi Lakes

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are anticipating a productive 2016 fishing season. Winter catches of trophy bass in our state lakes should bode well for anglers in spring 2016. Population sampling during fall 2015 revealed good catch rates for both largemouth bass and sunfish in the southeast region state lakes. "A mild winter in southeast Mississippi allowed our fish to have a longer growing season this past year, which should be beneficial to our anglers this spring," said Stephen Brown, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist.

Tupelo Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Veterans Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Tupelo.

Let’s Wet a Hook Youth Fishing Rodeo at Woodville

JACKSON – Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Wilkinson County Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2. The free event is hosted by the Scenic River Development Alliance and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Leroy Percy State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo Cancelled

JACKSON – The youth fishing rodeo scheduled for March 26 at Leroy Percy State Park has been cancelled due to recent rain events. Please keep an eye on the fishing rodeo schedule located within the "Education and Outreach" tab on the Fisheries’ Bureau webpage at www.mdwfp.com for updates.

MDWFP Percy Quin Lake (Tangipahoa) Opening Day Announced

MDWFP Percy Quin Lake (Tangipahoa) Opening Day Announced JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing day at Lake Tangipahoa on Saturday, September 17, from 7 a.m. - 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.

Conservation Officers Respond during Flood Event

JACKSON-- MDWFP Conservation Officers have worked continuously to respond to calls of assistance precipitated by recent flooding. Above normal rain events caused flooding across the State and put lives and property in jeopardy. Officers were dispatched to rescue civilians from rapidly rising floodwaters overtaking their homes and motorists displaced by the dangerously high, swift water flooding. Conservation Officers rescued 18 total people in Pearl River County alone on Sunday, March 13.

MDWFP Studies Black Bass on Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON –Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are tagging black bass on Ross Barnett Reservoir to study movement of tournament released fish. A total of 500 largemouth bass and spotted bass are being tagged and released during tournament weigh-ins. Each fish is tagged in the back near the dorsal fin with two yellow tags that look like small pieces of spaghetti. A telephone number and a unique identification number are printed on each tag.

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 Gourd Program on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Noxubee 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 Noxubee County. The workshop will be held at the Noxubee Civic Center located at 16291 US Hwy 45 in Macon on Thursday, March 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 Noxubee County Extension office at (662) 726-5723.

New State Record Striped Bass Caught in Gautier

JACKSON – On Saturday, March 5, Rocky Rawls of Gautier was fishing in the West Pascagoula River near his home. Using a bull minnow for bait, Mr. Rawls hooked and landed a large striped bass. The fish was positively identified by Stan Crider, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and was weighed on certified scales. Mr. Rawls fish weighed 39.6 pounds, becoming the new Mississippi state record striped bass! “Catching a state record fish does not happen very often. I was more than happy to certify the lunker striped bass for Mr. Rawls," said Stan Crider.

2016 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about fishing success in 2016 on Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Reservoirs based on last fall’s sampling.

Unleash Your Wild Side at “NatureFEST!” on April 2

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to unleash your wild side at “NatureFEST!” on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. “We are excited to welcome Wildlife Wonders’ exotic animal stage show and Freedom Ranch’s live raptors to this year’s festival!” says Charles Knight, Museum Director. The event is a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating museum trip, all wrapped into one exciting day! Food will be available for purchase from several food trucks.

Voluntary Survey Allows Hunters to Aid Wild Turkey Management

JACKSON – Turkey hunters with an interest in helping the conservation and management of their favorite game bird can aid the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) by acting as their on-the-ground eyes and ears. Participation in the MDWFP annual Spring Gobbler Hunting Survey (SGHS) gives turkey hunters a chance to collect data that is used to track populations and evaluate regulatory and management decisions.

Museum “Summer Camp 2016” Online Registration Now Open

JACKSON—Remember those magical childhood summer days spent exploring the outdoors? This June, your children can experience similar adventures! Register your children for summer camp at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science. Age-appropriate camps include: “Go Outdooors … Camp!”, “Jr. Naturalist Camp”, and “Field Camp” for children entering kindergarten through entering twelfth grade.

Youth Turkey Season Offers Excitement for Young Hunters

JACKSON – The 2016 youth turkey season will begin on private lands and authorized state and federal lands on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. This special season, which is available to hunters ages 15 and under, coincides with spring break for many of Mississippi’s schools. This opportunity is an excellent chance to introduce young hunters to the thrill of pursuing springtime gobblers.

Spring Turkey Season Opens March 15

JACKSON – It’s time for Mississippi turkey hunters to break out their calls and dust off their shotguns, because the 2016 spring gobbler season is just around the corner! Turkey season opens on Tuesday, March 15 and ends May 1. For hunters age 15 and under, the youth season begins a week earlier on March 8. Bag limits for the spring season are one adult gobbler or one gobbler with at least a six inch beard per day, not to exceed three per spring season. Youth hunters 15 years of age and under may harvest one gobbler of choice per day, not to exceed three per spring season. Spring turkey season is closed in the following counties or parts thereof: Coahoma, Quitman, and Sunflower.

2016 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists expect a great year for anglers during the upcoming fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fall 2016 population sampling on our state lakes and state park lakes revealed excellent populations of bass, bream, and crappie. “We collected more bass in the 4 - 8 pound range from Tippah County Lake as well as Tombigbee and Lake Lowndes State Park Lakes than we have seen in recent years,” said Tyler Stubbs, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist. “Large crappie and bream were also collected on these lakes.” Anglers targeting catfish should fish at Tippah County Lake or Elvis Presley Lake. Both lakes boast healthy populations of catfish, including 10 - 20 pound flathead catfish at Tippah County Lake

Fish Tagged in Moon Lake Recaptured near Grand Tower, Illinois

JACKSON - A paddlefish tagged and released in February 2014 at Moon Lake in Coahoma County by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists was recaptured on February 22, 2016, in the Mississippi River at the mouth of the Big Muddy River near Grand Tower, Illinois. The fish, which swam almost 870 miles, was captured and released alive by a rod and reel angler fishing for catfish. "This fish made a remarkable journey through many miles of streams and rivers just to get to the Mississippi River.” said Darrin Hardesty, MDWFP Commercial Fisheries Biologist. “Paddlefish are known for their long distance travels, but very little is known about their movements into and out of Moon Lake.” Moon Lake is connected to the Coldwater River by the Yazoo Pass.

Museum to Host Virtual Tour of the Tropical Rainforest on March 1

JACKSON—Take a virtual tour of the tropics by night on Tuesday, March 1 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. with Bill Lamar, Zoologist, Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Texas at Tyler, and Co-Founder of GreenTracks Tour Co, Inc. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host "Things that Go ‘Bump’ in the Night: The Tropical Rainforest After Dark" in the museum’s Rotwein Theater. The lecture is included with regular museum admission.

Fish Tagged in Mississippi Recaptured near St. Louis, Missouri

JACKSON - A shovelnose sturgeon tagged and released in the Mississippi River near Tunica by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) biologists was recaptured on February 5, 2016, in the Mississippi River near Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The fish, which swam almost 380 miles, was captured and released alive by a commercial fisherman. The sturgeon was originally tagged in 2012 by biologists performing research on pallid sturgeon, an endangered fish species.

2016 Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists anticipate a great year for anglers in Southwest Mississippi. “We’ve seen improved fisheries at connecting oxbows along the Mississippi River during fall and winter sampling,” said MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. “We collected high numbers of largemouth bass and bluegill at Chotard and Albemarle Lakes, and anglers reported improved catches at those and other oxbows during fall 2015. Recent flooding will not adversely affect game fish populations. According to Brown, “fish move onto the floodplain during high water, and return to the oxbows as the water level decreases.”

Supplemental Feeding for Deer After a Winter Flood

JACKSON -Recent winter flooding along the Mississippi River caused thousands of deer to relocate to drier land in Mississippi. As flood waters start to recede, deer will begin to return to their normal home range. Research has proven that deer displaced by high water events will return to their normal home ranges soon after waters recede. As these deer return, many people will want to provide supplemental feed to help them through the stressful period. The significance of the flood event will be short lived, and natural food will be available to deer depending on pre-flood abundance and quality. Existing feeding regulations will adequately meet any supplemental needs if feeding is implemented in flood affected areas. Extraordinary measures are not needed for the wellbeing of the deer herd.

Bobby Cleveland to Moderate “So You Think You Can Fish?” Event

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host a morning of fishing seminars and fish education for anglers and families on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Veteran outdoor sports journalist Bobby Cleveland will moderate a panel of several professional anglers. This annual program provides useful information for novice and seasoned fishermen including seminars on kayak fishing! The Magnolia Crappie Club will conduct a seminar on crappie fishing, too.

Small Game Hunting Reopens in Areas Affected by Mississippi River Flooding

JACKSON - On January 20, 2016, during its regularly scheduled January meeting, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks voted to keep hunting seasons along the Mississippi River closed until January 31, 2016. The order also declares all areas inundated by floodwaters to be "no wake" zones.

Hunting Seasons Close in the South Delta until January 31

JACKSON - This morning, the Steel Bayou Landside gauge went over ninety (90) feet triggering the closure of hunting season in the south Delta. Pursuant to the order of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks earlier this month, once the Mississippi River reaches forty-three (43) feet on the Vicksburg gauge AND the Steele Bayou Landside gauge reaches ninety (90) feet in Zone 4.B, hunting season, except for waterfowl season, will close. Zone 4.B is defined as areas in Sharkey, Humphreys, Yazoo, Issaquena, Warren counties which lie south of Highway 14, west of Highway 149, south of Highway 16 / 149, west of Highway 3, and east of Highway 61. By action of the Commission on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, this area will be closed until January 31, 2016.

Hunting Seasons in Areas Affected by Mississippi River Flooding to Remain Closed Until January 31

JACKSON – On January 20, 2016, during its regularly scheduled January meeting, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, voted to keep hunting seasons along the Mississippi River closed until January 31, 2016. The order also declares all areas inundated by floodwaters to be “no wake” zones.

Supplemental Feeding During and After a Flood Event

JACKSON – Recent flooding along the Mississippi River alluvial valley caused thousands of deer to relocate to drier land. Research has proven that deer displaced by high water events will return to their normal home ranges within weeks of the flood waters receding.

Wildlife Management Area Turkey Hunting Applications Available

JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is now accepting online applications for Wildlife Management Area (WMA) turkey draw hunts. Applications can be submitted at www.mdwfp.com/draws; the deadline to submit applications is February 15. All applicants must have a valid WMA user permit to apply. WMA user permits are available for purchase online at www.mdwfp.com or may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

Commission Closes Additional Hunting Area During Emergency Session

JACKSON – On January 14, 2016, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, (“the Commission”) met in an emergency session to address the issue of rising waters of the Mississippi River forcing deer and other animals out of their natural habitat. The Commission voted unanimously to expand its order closing all open hunting seasons (except waterfowl) for the duration of the current high water event, along the Mississippi River.

Youth Waterfowl Camp Application Period Extended

JACKSON – The application period for the Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp to be hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. has been extended to January 11. The camp’s mission is to recruit and retain waterfowl hunters and increase support for wetland conservation and waterfowl hunting in Mississippi. Classroom discussions and hands-on exercises will be led by biologists and other wildlife professionals to help students gain a better understanding of wetlands, waterfowl, and ethical hunting practices. In addition, local field trips to publicly and privately managed wetlands will expose youth to the diversity of habitats that waterfowl use in Mississippi. Activities will include shooting instructions and safety training, as well as an optional adult-supervised waterfowl hunt.

Apply Now for the Trim Cane WMA Youth Waterfowl Hunt

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now accepting applications for the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt on Trim Cane Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The special youth hunt will be held on February 6. The WMA is an 891-acre property located in Oktibbeha County, approximately four miles north of Starkville off of Highway 389. The area has been developed primarily for waterfowl hunting and offers an excellent opportunity for youth waterfowl hunters. Trim Cane is easily accessible and is a prime area to introduce youth to waterfowl hunting.

Additional Area Closed to Hunting Due to Rising Flood Waters

JACKSON – In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and private landowners, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) by order of the Executive Director added the following area to the hunting season closure order issued on December 30, 2015:

“Tiny Titans” Exhibit Hatching at Science Museum

JACKSON—Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests, and embryos in theTiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babiesexhibit from January 23, 2016 – May 1, 2016 at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! This remarkable hands-on exhibition includes more than 50 authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe! “A captivating experience for all ages,Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, invites visitors to touch a real dinosaur bone, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations, and view animated video presentations featuring well-known dinosaur experts!” explains Charles Knight, Museum Director.

2016 Youth Art Contest

Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2016 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 10, 2016.

MDWFP Officers to Enforce Levee Closure

Jackson - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is reminding the public that the mainline levee from Vicksburg to Tunica is closed due to the current flooding.

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


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