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Third White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens December 24
Tuesday December 16, 2014
JACKSON – Mississippi’s third white-tailed deer gun hunting season will open December 24 and run through January 21. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include legal bucks and antlerless deer on private lands, and legal bucks only on open public lands.

2015 Youth Participation Initiative Squirrel Hunt
Tuesday December 16, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host seven youth squirrel hunts throughout Mississippi on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Hunt locations will be Canal Section WMA, Caney Creek WMA, Copiah County WMA, Howard Miller WMA, O’Keefe WMA, Pascagoula River WMA, and Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. These hunts were developed to introduce youth to small game hunting and conservation. The hunts are provided at no cost to participants.

Live Webcam Offers Glimpse of Waterfowl in the Mississippi Delta
Friday December 12, 2014
JACKSON – Waterfowl are continually arriving on many Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the Delta to make Mississippi their winter home. A special video camera was installed on one of these WMAs to give the public a live look at the lives of waterfowl and other waterbirds in the Delta. This is the first time that this technology has been used to give the public the opportunity to view live footage of wintering ducks on public lands that are open to hunting.

MDWFP Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp
Tuesday December 09, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has joined together once again with Ducks Unlimited and other volunteers to host the Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp.

Access Improvements Made on Pascagoula River WMA (1)
Tuesday December 09, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently made road improvements on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in George and Jackson counties. Deep Slough and Big Slough Roads in the Jackson County portion of the WMA received numerous renovations. Many of the WMA’s roads lie within the floodplain of the Pascagoula River and are frequently damaged during winter and spring flooding. Road maintenance is a year-round task for WMA personnel as MDWFP strives to provide adequate access for user activities and management needs. Further access improvements are planned for the George County portion of the WMA in the following months.

Primitive Weapons Season for Deer Opens December 2
Monday December 01, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds hunters that the statewide Primitive Weapons Season for deer opens December 2 and runs through December 15 in all three Deer Management Zones. Antlerless deer and zone-legal bucks are eligible for harvest. Hunters may take one legal buck per day not to exceed three per license year. On private lands, the antlerless deer bag limit is five per license year with no daily limit. On U.S. Forest Service lands, the antlerless bag limit is one per day, not to exceed three per year.

Mississippi’s Duck Season Starting Soon
Friday November 14, 2014
JACKSON- Mississippi’s duck hunting season opens Thursday, November 27, 2014. Many waterfowl hunters are anxiously waiting, due to record breeding population estimates last spring. However, hunters should remember that winter severity and local habitat availability also play a major role in how many ducks make their way to Mississippi.

Prescribed Burning and Vegetative Mulching Conducted on Marion County WMA
Friday November 14, 2014
JACKSON – Marion County Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located south of Columbia, is the only state-owned WMA in Mississippi that is predominately forested with longleaf pine. At Marion County WMA, prescribed fire is the primary tool used by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel to maintain desirable habitat conditions in the area’s longleaf forests. Prescribed burning reduces competition from undesirable woody plant species, reduces potential of wildfire, reduces disease risk for longleaf pine seedlings, and promotes growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favorable to many wildlife species.

White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens November 22
Friday November 14, 2014
JACKSON – For Mississippi’s 2014 – 2015 hunting season, the first white-tailed deer gun season opens November 22 and closes December 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include legal bucks and antlerless deer on private lands and only legal bucks on open public lands.

WMAs Offer Special Opportunities for Youth Deer Hunters
Thursday November 06, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) encourages youth hunters to take advantage of early deer hunting opportunities and specially designated hunting areas on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state. Many WMAs will open for the youth deer hunting season on November 8 for youth 15 years old and younger. Canal Section WMA and Divide Section WMA (located in Northeast Mississippi) and Pearl River WMA (located in central Mississippi) are some examples of areas that offer designated hunting areas for youth. Subject to specific WMA regulations, youth may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day, not to exceed three per licensed year and are exempt from any zone specific antler restrictions. When hunting on WMAs, youth hunters must be in the presence and under the direct supervision of a Mississippi licensed or exempt hunter at least 21 years of age.

Mississippi’s Goose Season Starting Soon
Thursday November 06, 2014
JACKSON - Mississippi’s goose hunting season opens Thursday, November 13, 2014 and is a great time to participate in waterfowl hunting before the duck season opens later this month. Late-season Canada, snow, blue, Ross’s, white-fronted goose, and brant seasons will occur from November 13, 2014 - January 25, 2015. Canada geese will have a 3-bird daily bag limit and brant will have a daily bag limit of 1 bird. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for Canada geese and brant. Snow, blue, and Ross’s geese will have a daily bag limit of 20 birds during the regular hunting season. White-fronted geese will have a daily bag limit of 2 birds. The possession limit for white-fronted geese is 6 and there is no possession limit for snow, blue, and Ross’s geese.

New Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities on Pearl River WMA
Wednesday November 05, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is providing new youth waterfowl hunting opportunities on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this hunting season. For the first time, youth hunters will have the opportunity to waterfowl hunt within selected waterfowl impoundments on the WMA. The hunts will be only for permitted youth hunters that are 15 years of age or younger. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a Mississippi licensed adult who is 21 years of age or older. To apply for the new hunts, applications must be submitted online at www.mdwfp.com/draws.

Youth Deer Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
Tuesday November 04, 2014
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of 3,500 acres of hardwood forest located near Port Gibson in Claiborne County. Hunters looking for a truly special youth deer hunting opportunity with a good chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

Youth Gun Deer Season Opens November 8
Monday November 03, 2014
JACKSON – The gun deer season for youth hunters 15 years old and under begins November 8 across Mississippi. This season provides youth hunters with the first firearms opportunity at Mississippi’s abundant deer herd this hunting season. Youth may use any firearm and may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day and up to five does per day on private land, not to exceed three bucks and five does for the entire hunting season. Zone-specific spread and main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters.

Special Primitive Weapons Season for Deer Begins November 10
Monday November 03, 2014
JACKSON – Mississippi’s special primitive weapons season for white-tailed deer will open November 10 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 10 – 21. This special season is provided to allow hunters on properties with higher deer densities, additional and earlier opportunities to meet antlerless harvest objectives prior to the rut. Only archery equipment and primitive firearms may be used during this season.

WMA Waterfowl Draw Hunt Applications Available October 20
Tuesday October 14, 2014
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
Tuesday October 14, 2014
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
Tuesday October 14, 2014
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
Wednesday October 08, 2014
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.

MWFP Foundation to Host Super Hunt for Youth With Disabilities
Friday October 03, 2014
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.

Mississippi Deer Archery Seasons Open October 1 & 15
Tuesday September 23, 2014
JACKSON – Many Mississippians are looking forward to the opening of deer archery season on 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 seasons for deer. There is no minimum or maximum draw weight, no minimum arrow length, and fixed or mechanical broadheads may be used.

Squirrel Season Opens October 1
Tuesday September 23, 2014
JACKSON – The 2014 – 2015 Mississippi squirrel hunting season opens soon. Squirrel hunting is a great way to spend time with family and introduce new hunters to the outdoors. Squirrel hunters will notice some changes to the season this year.

Apply Now for Rabbit Hunts at Trim Cane and Nanih Waiya WMAs
Wednesday September 10, 2014
JACKSON – Applications are now available for draw rabbit hunts with dogs on Nanih Waiya and Trim Cane Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). To participate in these hunts, applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws before October 15. Applicants must have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt. After purchasing or renewing a hunting license, applicants must wait 24 hours before applying.

Early Teal and Rail Seasons Open September 13
Friday September 05, 2014
JACKSON – Fall is approaching, and with it comes Mississippi’s first duck hunting opportunity when the early teal season opens on September 13. The 16-day season will end on September 28. Hunters should make sure their hunting license is current for the 2014 – 2015 hunting season, complete with Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification for Mississippi. Hunters will also need to purchase state and federal waterfowl stamps. The bag limit for the September teal season is six birds per person per day (all teal species) with no more than 18 in possession.

Dove Hunters Reminded to Check for Bait Before Hunting
Friday August 29, 2014
JACKSON – Opening day of dove season is one of the most anticipated hunting days of the year, and a great time for fun and fellowship with friends and family. When heading to a dove field, hunters should take serious notice of how the field was prepared before hunting. Hunting migratory birds with the aid of bait is illegal, and it is the hunter’s responsibility to know if the field is baited or not. A brochure on dove field preparation and hunting regulations can be found online at www.mdwfp.com/dove.

Be Legal this Dove Season
Thursday August 28, 2014
JACKSON – All Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks conservation officers will be working with federal officers during Mississippi’s dove seasons to ensure hunters are in compliance with state and federal hunting laws. Before hunting migratory game birds, hunters need to be sure their hunting license is current for the 2014-15 hunting seasons, complete with Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. HIP certification is required for hunting all migratory game birds and is required for each state hunted. HIP certification is completed when, upon purchasing a license, hunters are asked questions about their migratory game bird harvest from the previous hunting season. The most frequent citation written in Mississippi has been no hunting license. This violation has a direct impact on conservation due to the loss of Federal Aid dollars to the state. Hunters should also be sure shotguns are not capable of holding more than three shells and should be aware of how their hunting field was prepared

Mississippi’s Alligator Hunters Prepare for Season Opening
Wednesday August 27, 2014
JACKSON – Over 1,100 permitted hunters and their guests recently attended the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) mandatory alligator training courses to prepare for the permitted alligator hunts on public waterways and private lands in 2014. These mandatory courses, held at Jones County Junior College, Delta State University, and Roosevelt State Park were led by MDWFP biologists and conservation officers. Course topics included alligator biology, research projects, legal capture and dispatching methods, skinning and processing, proper documentation, license purchasing procedures, and boating safety.

Dove Season Fast Approaching
Wednesday August 27, 2014
JACKSON – Dove hunting seasons will open on September 1 in the North Zone and September 13 in the South Zone. The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.

Dove Hunting Opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas
Tuesday August 26, 2014
JACKSON – Opening day of dove season is one of the most anticipated and popular hunting days of the year for many Mississippians. Dove season brings the first hunting opportunity of the fall as the long and hot Mississippi summer comes to a close. One goal of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is to provide quality outdoor recreation. Providing safe, high quality opportunities for dove hunters on our Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is a key part of this goal. Many WMAs are open to dove hunting, but 16 of these areas have designated, prepared dove fields. These 16 WMAs include Black Prairie, Canal Section, Charles Ray Nix, Copiah County, Divide Section, Hell Creek, Howard Miller, Indianola, Leroy Percy, Mahannah, Malmaison, Muscadine Farms, Okatibbee, O’Keefe, Tuscumbia, and Yockanookany.

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Prentiss County
Friday August 22, 2014
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 Prentiss County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 20-acre field has been planted in browntop millet, corn, sunflowers and last year’s winter wheat crop is still standing. The crops were planted in alternating strips across the field and portions of each crop will be manipulated to attract doves for opening day and beyond. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Panola County
Friday August 22, 2014
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 Panola County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 31-acre field has been planted in browntop millet, sunflowers, and truck crops. The truck crops are various vegetable crops that will be mowed to scatter their seed followed by planting wheat as a winter cover crop. The browntop millet will be cut and baled for hay. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Rankin County
Friday August 22, 2014
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 Rankin County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 63-acre browntop millet field is located in the Monterey community. The millet will be cut and baled for hay prior to opening day. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Kemper County
Friday August 22, 2014
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 92-acre browntop millet field is located east of Scooba. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy. The Kemper County field has been in our program since 2005 and has a history of attracting a large number of doves.”

Mississippi’s 2014-2015 Waterfowl Seasons Announced
Wednesday August 13, 2014
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks considered dates for the 2014 - 2015 waterfowl hunting seasons at its July 14 meeting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released late-season frameworks in early August providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates. “Breeding duck populations were at record levels in 2014, so we were once again offered liberal season frameworks, which include a 60-day duck season with a six bird daily bag limit,” said James Callicutt, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Waterfowl Program Biologist.

Deer Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
Wednesday August 13, 2014
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is composed of approximately 3,500 acres located in the Loess Bluffs of Claiborne County near the Mississippi River. These hills have very deep and fertile top soil with a very high component of cherrybark oak in the timber stands. The Canemount property has a long history of trophy deer management. Hunting Canemount WMA will be a totally unique hunting experience compared to other WMAs. Hunters looking for a truly special hunting opportunity with a high chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

Bag Limit Regulation Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
Friday August 01, 2014
JACKSON – Mississippi’s 2014 – 2015 deer hunting season will provide more liberal antlerless opportunity on private lands and will better manage antlerless opportunity on U.S. Forest Service National Forests (USFS). This regulation change is intended to aid in the proper management of Mississippi’s deer herd while providing maximum opportunity to hunters without negative impacts to the resource.

Hunter Orange Regulation Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
Friday August 01, 2014
JACKSON – New for the 2014 - 2015 deer hunting season are changes in “hunter orange” regulations. When hunting deer during any firearms season for deer, a hunter must wear in full view at least five hundred square inches of solid unbroken fluorescent orange unless hunting in a stand at least twelve feet above ground or in a fully enclosed deer stand or blind. However, hunters must wear hunter orange while traveling to and from their stand. Hunters are also encouraged to carry a light while walking into the woods before daylight or leaving after dark.

Legal Weapon Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
Friday August 01, 2014
JACKSON – New for the upcoming 2014 - 2015 deer hunting season are changes in “legal weapons” regulations for private lands in Mississippi. During any open season on deer with primitive weapons after November 30, deer hunters may use any legal weapon of choice on private lands. This regulation change was made during the 2013 Legislative Session but will be implemented beginning with the upcoming 2014 – 2015 deer hunting season.

Malmaison WMA Public Meeting Scheduled for August 12
Friday August 01, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a public meeting regarding changes to future water level management in the Malmaison Wildlife Management Area (WMA) greentree reservoir (GTR). The meeting will be on August 12 at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Grenada County Building located at 1240 Fairground Road in Grenada.

Deer, Early Teal, and Rabbit Hunt Applications Available August 1
Friday August 01, 2014
JACKSON – Beginning August 1, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will accept draw permit applications for deer, early season teal, and rabbit hunts on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws and have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt. After purchasing or renewing your license you must wait 24 hours until you can apply.

Special Youth Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs
Wednesday July 30, 2014
JACKSON – In Mississippi, fall officially begins with fast-action dove hunts on warm September afternoons. 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 provides opportunity for quality time spent in the outdoors with family and friends. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) seeks to provide a unique hunting opportunity for youth on our Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). This year there will be two special youth dove hunts held on Black Prairie and Mahannah WMAs.

Summer Opportunities Abound on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area
Friday July 25, 2014
JACKSON – Each summer thousands of people flock to the 37,000-acre Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in George and Jackson counties. Fishing is the most popular summer pastime for these WMA visitors, and anglers have plenty of water from which to choose. The Pascagoula River winds along the entire length of the WMA. Dozens of oxbow lakes are scattered throughout the area. Handicap accessible piers on select lakes provide opportunity to disabled anglers. However, more than just fishermen utilize the waters of Pascagoula River WMA. Casual boaters, canoers, and kayakers all get in on the fun. Swimmers and sunbathers soak up rays on the numerous sandbars that line the river. Nighttime also brings out users who enjoy hunting big bullfrogs in the swamp backwaters.

Application Deadline Extended for Family Fish Camp at Tombigbee State Park
Monday July 21, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at Tombigbee State Park near Tupelo on August 1 and 2. Times for the camp are 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The camp is open to youth ages 10-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s families to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing. To make this a family outing, at least one parent (or legal guardian 21 years of age or older) is required to attend the camp with a youth participant.

Mississippi’s 2014 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Announced
Thursday July 17, 2014
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved dates for the 2014-2015 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds. Early migratory game bird hunting seasons set at the July meeting include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, dove, and rails. This year, early seasons will be similar to recent years with a few minor changes.

Road Improvements Made on Old River WMA
Friday July 11, 2014
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel recently made improvements to roads on Old River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Old River WMA roads are often damaged from winter and spring flooding of the Pearl River. These roads provide management access as well as public access for hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities.

Duck Breeding Populations Increase Again in 2014
Monday July 07, 2014
JACKSON- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service recently completed their annual waterfowl population surveys on the breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canadian provinces. These surveys monitor waterfowl populations and critical wetland habitats, which are used to help set hunting season frameworks. Overall, North American breeding duck populations increased 8 percent from 2013 estimates to just over 49 million birds.

Controlled Burning and Herbicide Application at Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area
Thursday July 03, 2014
JACKSON – Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in Panola County, four miles west of Sardis. Controlled burning and selective herbicides are used annually to help maintain the WMA’s 3,900 acres of quality grassland and woodland habitat, which are home to abundant wildlife.

LEAVE FAWNS ALONE
Tuesday July 01, 2014
JACKSON – With the official start of summer, white-tailed deer fawns begin to appear in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants to remind people to LEAVE FAWNS ALONE. Many Mississippians will be lucky enough to come across a newborn fawn this summer. However, well-meaning people think the fawn has been abandoned or is sick, and want to take the fawn home to care for it. “We tell people the same thing every year – please LEAVE FAWNS ALONE,” said MDWFP Deer Program Leader Lann Wilf.

Winter Water for Wildlife Project Application Period Extended
Tuesday June 03, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Wildlife Mississippi, and other partners are pleased to announce the application period for the Winter Water for Wildlife project has been extended until June 20 due to abnormally wet planting conditions this spring. “Due to late planting, many farmers were worried they would not have crops harvested in time to meet the required flood dates. We re-evaluated our goals and decided to shorten the flooding period to allow more participations, while still providing important habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds,” said John Gruchy, MDWFP Habitat Program Coordinator.

Black Bear Killed in Vehicle Collision
Wednesday May 28, 2014
JACKSON – On Monday, May 26, at approximately 9 p.m., a black bear was hit and killed by a vehicle traveling east on U.S. Hwy. 80 between Newton and Hickory in Newton Co. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officer Sgt. Tyler Norman responded to the scene of the accident and found the 168 pound male bear dead on the shoulder of the highway. The driver of the vehicle, who was uninjured, reported that the bear ran out of the woods and into the highway just after the vehicle had crossed Turkey Creek.

Tornado Damage on John Bell Williams WMA
Friday May 23, 2014
JACKSON – On April 28, 2014, tornadoes impacted many areas across Mississippi. Several recreational areas in northeast Mississippi managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) received extensive damage to infrastructure and forests. One of those areas was John Bell Williams Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Located in Prentiss County, John Bell Williams WMA is a 2,930-acre WMA consisting of bottomland and upland hardwood forests owned by the Tombigbee Water Management District. The MDWFP cooperatively manages this area for wildlife and outdoor recreation, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) assists with all forest management activities.

2014 Mississippi Alligator Hunting Season Applications Being Accepted
Friday May 23, 2014
JACKSON – Alligator hunting applications will be accepted June 2 – 9 for persons interested in hunting during the 2014 alligator season on public waterways. Applications are available only at www.mdwfp.com. For 2014, there are 7 public waterway zones with 920 total available alligator hunting permits; individuals may apply for any or all zones. All applicants must provide a current email address and possess a valid Mississippi hunting license, residents of Mississippi, and at least 16 years of age. Residents who are exempt from purchasing a hunting license may apply by validating their exempt status on the application. All drawn applicants will be notified via email within five working days of the June 9 deadline.

Mississippi WMAs Offer More than Hunting and Fishing
Friday May 23, 2014
JACKSON – Mississippi’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are known for providing ample hunting and fishing opportunities. However, each year when the spring turkey season comes to an end, many people stop visiting WMAs until the next fall hunting seasons begin. Hunting season does not have to be open to enjoy the outdoors on WMAs; there are many summertime recreational opportunities available. Fishing is popular throughout the summer on some WMAs such as Pascagoula River and Old River. Visitors can also enjoy activities such as hiking, canoeing, primitive camping, bird watching, outdoor photography, or a family picnic on a sandbar.

2014 Alligator Hunting Seasons Announced
Tuesday May 06, 2014
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks finalized regulations for the 2014 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi on April 16. The statewide public waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways. A total of 920 permits will be available within 7 hunting zones across the state for the 10-day season, August 29 – September 8, 2014.

Winter Water for Wildlife Project Now Accepting Applications
Wednesday April 30, 2014
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Wildlife Mississippi, and other partners are pleased to announce the Winter Water for Wildlife project. This project will assist private landowners in the Mississippi Delta by offering incentive payments to flood crop fields and manage wetland areas to provide habitat for migrating water birds. This includes existing Wetlands Reserve Program areas.

Prairie Restoration Efforts on Black Prairie WMA (1)
Monday April 21, 2014
JACKSON – Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 5,200-acre area located in Lowndes County within the Black Belt Prairie soil region. Over the past few years, habitat management practices have been focused on restoring native prairie habitats on Black Prairie WMA. These habitat management practices will not only help in restoring native habitats, but will improve wildlife habitat on the area for an array of game and non-game species.

Habitat Improvement Projects Scheduled at Copiah County WMA
Monday April 21, 2014
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel have begun conducting prescribed burns on selected areas of Copiah County Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The seasonal, controlled use of fire is essential to enhancing and maintaining habitat for numerous game and non-game wildlife species. Prescribed burning reduces competition from undesirable woody plant species, reduces the potential of wildfire, reduces the disease risk for longleaf pine seedlings, and promotes the growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favorable to many wildlife species.

MDWFP To Host WMA Open House Meetings
Friday April 18, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a series of six open house meetings across the state to gain public input on proposed Wildlife Management Area (WMA) regulations. These meetings will showcase proposed WMA regulation changes for the 2014-15 hunting season. All WMA users, adjacent landowners, hunting clubs, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. “It is very important for MDWFP to meet with our customers and hear input from the public at every available opportunity,” said Chris McDonald, MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Assistant Director. “These meetings will give us the opportunity to promote our WMA system, gain input from the public regarding regulations, and provide information about WMAs to the public.”

Prescribed Burning Underway in North WMA Region
Thursday April 03, 2014
JACKSON – Smoke has been rising from Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in north Mississippi to benefit wildlife. Since early February, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks WMA managers have implemented prescribed burns across designated areas on Charles Ray Nix, Hell Creek, Divide Section, and Canal Section WMAs. In addition, prescribed burning has been conducted by the U.S. Forest Service on Chickasaw and Upper Sardis WMAs. The seasonal managed use of fire is essential to enhance and maintain habitat for numerous game and non-game wildlife species. Prescribed burning during late winter and early spring maintains natural vegetation in a state that provides food and cover for wildlife. These “cool season” burns also minimize damage to timber. Prescribed burning will also take place on selected WMAs during late summer and early fall. These hotter “growing season” burns help control undesirable hardwood growth in old fields, reduce thick vegetation that limits habitat quality, and reduce hazardous fuel conditions for wild fires.

Wildlife Habitat Improvements Planned for Pascagoula River WMA
Thursday March 20, 2014
JACKSON – This spring, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will conduct habitat improvements on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a 37,000-acre WMA located within George and Jackson counties in southeast Mississippi. Although predominately composed of bottomland hardwood forest, the WMA contains scattered pine sites along its perimeter where prescribed burning is applicable.

Upcoming Habitat Management Activities on Wildlife Management Areas
Tuesday March 18, 2014
JACKSON – As the days get longer and winter draws to a close, months of habitat management planning are about to be put into action across Mississippi. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) biologists and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) managers across the state have been preparing to take habitat management plans from paper to the field. When habitat management is mentioned, most hunters often think of food plots and wonder what they should plant. However, food plots make up a very small percentage of the overall landscape. Due to past implementation of habitat management techniques across Mississippi’s WMAs, food resources, nesting cover, brood-rearing cover, and escape cover are plentiful across the state.

Spring Turkey Season Opens March 15
Thursday March 13, 2014
JACKSON – It is time for Mississippi’s turkey hunters to practice their yelping and dust off their shotgun. The spring turkey season opens March 15 and ends May 1. Opportunities to pursue spring gobblers are plentiful across the Magnolia State, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) anticipates that hunting success will be good in 2014. “Jake sightings were up across most areas of the state last spring as a result of a very good hatch during the summer of 2012,” says Dave Godwin, MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Coordinator. “This should mean good numbers of two-year-old gobblers, good gobbling activity, and solid success rates,” says Godwin. “We do seem to be off to another relatively late spring, so peak gobbling activity might occur later in the season once the weather warms up.”

MDWFP and MSU to Host Game Bird and Prescribed Fire Workshops
Wednesday February 05, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Mississippi State University are hosting workshops to teach landowners how to better manage their property for bobwhite quail and wild turkeys and to educate landowners about prescribed fire. These workshops will be held on consecutive days (Game Bird Workshop on day 1 and Prescribed Fire Workshop on day 2) in both north and south Mississippi. The first workshops will occur on February 21 - 22 at the Panola County Extension Building and Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area, respectively. The second workshops will be held February 28 - March 1 at Percy Quin State Park.

White-tailed Deer Season Still Open for Southeast MS Hunters
Wednesday February 05, 2014
JACKSON – The white-tailed deer hunting season for most Mississippi hunters came to an end January 31, but that is not the case for southeast Mississippi hunters. Hunters within the Southeast Deer Management Zone will be able to hunt through February 15 during the open primitive weapon and youth gun seasons.

Lake on Charlie Capps WMA to Re-open February 16
Wednesday February 05, 2014
JACKSON – The forty-acre lake on Charlie Capps Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will re-open to the public for fishing on Sunday, February 16. While the lake was closed, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) biologists re-stocked the lake with hybrid crappie and redear sunfish.

Turkey Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
Tuesday January 21, 2014
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located near Port Gibson in Claiborne County. Canemount WMA includes approximately 3,500 acres of hardwood forests and turkeys are abundant. Turkey hunters looking for a truly special hunting opportunity with a good chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

Wildlife Management Area Turkey Hunting Applications Available
Friday January 17, 2014
JACKSON – On January 15, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) began accepting applications for turkey hunting on selected Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Permitted turkey hunts are offered to provide a quality turkey hunting experience and are available on 15 WMAs across the state. To participate in these hunts, applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws before February 15 and have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt.

Youth Turkey Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
Friday January 17, 2014
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located near Port Gibson in Claiborne County. Canemount WMA includes approximately 3,500 acres of hardwood forests and turkeys are abundant. Hunters looking for a truly special youth turkey hunting opportunity with a good chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

2014 Youth Participation Initiative Squirrel Hunts
Tuesday January 07, 2014
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host seven youth squirrel hunts throughout Mississippi on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Hunt locations will be Canal Section WMA, Caney Creek WMA, Copiah County WMA, Twin Oaks WMA, Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Sardis Waterfowl WMA, and Pascagoula River WMA. These hunts were developed to introduce youth to small game hunting and conservation. The hunts are provided at no cost to participants.

Access Improvements made on Pascagoula River WMA
Tuesday January 07, 2014
JACKSON – Many improvements were made last fall on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), including the reopening of Big Slough Road for motor vehicle use and the addition of four new deer data collection stations. Big Slough Road underwent major renovations, greatly improving user access. Users can now drive to the still hunting zone, as well as to the boat ramp on Lices Lake. On the north portion of the WMA, deer data collection stations were added next to permit stations on Cochran Dead River and East Wilkerson Ferry roads. Two deer data collection stations were also added on the south portion of the WMA at Deep Slough and Graham Lake roads. The addition of these deer data collection stations will decrease the distance hunters must travel to check-in harvested deer. All deer harvested on the WMA must be checked in.

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