Wildlife & Hunting
|Timber Harvests Scheduled for Copiah County and Canemount WMAs|
Tuesday May 19, 2015
JACKSON – Copiah County Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Canemount WMA are heavily forested WMAs owned and managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). As part of the overall management plan for these WMAs, MDWFP personnel conduct timber inventory cruises and prioritize areas that need to be managed. Once a timber management area is determined, MDWFP personnel enter the timber stands and individually mark trees to be harvested. Timber marking criteria are based on several variables such as tree density, health, tree species, and wildlife management objectives.
|2015 Alligator Hunting Seasons Announced|
Friday May 01, 2015
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks finalized regulations for the 2015 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi at its April meeting. 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 which begins August 28 and runs through September 7.
|Spring Squirrel Season Opens May 15|
Wednesday April 29, 2015
JACKSON – Mississippi has a new spring squirrel hunting season that will be open statewide May 15 – June 1. Hunters should note that the bag limit is only four squirrels per day during the spring season.
|MWFP Foundation Super Hunt Fishing Rodeo|
Friday April 24, 2015
Jackson–The Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Foundation (MWFP) is sponsoring the Super Hunt Fishing Rodeo for youth with disabilities at Turcotte Education Center on Saturday, May 9. This event is open to disabled youth ages 6-17, and will begin at noon.
|New Pascagoula River Blueway on Pascagoula River WMA|
Thursday April 23, 2015
JACKSON – The Pascagoula River is recognized as the largest unimpeded river system in the contiguous United States. The river spans the length of the Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a 37,000-acre tract of predominately bottomland hardwood forest located within George and Jackson counties. Recently, a 22-mile portion of the river in George County was designated as a national blueway thanks to help from numerous collaborators and a grant through the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. Project partners include the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Pascagoula River Basin Alliance, George County Economic Development Foundation, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The goal of the Pascagoula River Blueway is to promote public use and enjoyment of the Pascagoula River and its natural resources.
|Infrastructure Improvements on Charles Ray Nix WMA|
Thursday April 23, 2015
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is planning to repair and improve access on Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Panola County. Work will include stabilizing creek crossings, replacing culverts, and repairing sections of WMA roads. When completed, the improvements will restore management access to remote parts of the WMA, reduce erosion, and provide better access for WMA visitors. Work is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2015. Similar infrastructure improvements are also planned for Canal Section, John Bell Williams, and Sardis Waterfowl WMAs. Work on Sardis Waterfowl WMA will be performed by the Sardis Lake Corps of Engineers.
|Upcoming Habitat Management Activities on WMAs|
Tuesday April 14, 2015
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 throughout the state.
|Birding Opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas|
Wednesday March 25, 2015
JACKSON - The waterfowl hunting season may be over, but great birding opportunities are still available on many Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Muscadine Farms, Howard Miller, Mahannah and Tuscumbia WMAs are some of the WMAs that have wetland habitat for birders to explore.
|Prescribed Burning Continues on Southwest MS WMAs|
Tuesday March 24, 2015
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel have been conducting prescribed burns on state-owned wildlife management areas (WMAs) in southwest Mississippi since late January. 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 disease risk for longleaf pine seedlings, and promotes growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favorable to many wildlife species.
|Late Season Birding Opportunities at Trim Cane WMA|
Wednesday March 11, 2015
JACKSON – The waterfowl hunting season may be over, but great birding opportunities are still available on Trim Cane Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Trim Cane WMA is located approximately three miles north of Starkville off Hwy 389 and has approximately 300 acres of wetland habitat for birders to explore.
|Spring Turkey Season Opens March 14|
Wednesday March 04, 2015
JACKSON – For Mississippi’s nearly 50,000 turkey hunters, the day they have been anticipating is almost at hand. The spring turkey season opens on March 14 and ends May 1. For hunters age 15 and under, the youth season begins a week earlier on March 7. The bag limit for the spring season is one adult gobbler with at least a 6 inch beard per day, not to exceed three per spring season. Youth hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest one gobbler of choice per day, not to exceed three per spring season. The spring turkey season is closed in the following counties or parts thereof: Coahoma, Quitman, and Sunflower.
|Timber Harvests Improve Wildlife Habitat at Copiah County WMA|
Wednesday March 04, 2015
JACKSON – Copiah County Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located west of Hazlehurst. The heavily forested WMA is owned and managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). As part of the overall management plan for Copiah County WMA, MDWFP personnel conduct timber inventory cruises and prioritize areas that need timber stand improvements. Once a timber sale area is determined, MDWFP personnel enter the timber sale area and individually mark trees to be harvested. Timber marking criteria are based on several variables such as timber density, health, and species.
|U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Funding Keeps WMAs Open|
Tuesday February 17, 2015
JACKSON— Mississippi's system of wildlife management areas (WMAs) includes mitigation lands owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and managed by MDWFP. This unique partnership between state and federal agencies allows USACE to continue their flood protection and navigation activities in the state. This arrangement also provides habitat for a variety of species, including waterfowl, deer, and small game, and offers important public recreational opportunities, and supplies economic benefits to local communities.
|Prescribed Burning to Take Place in Northeast WMA Region|
Tuesday February 03, 2015
JACKSON – Smoke will soon be rising from Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in northeast Mississippi.
|MDWFP and MSU to Host Quail and Turkey Workshop|
Friday January 30, 2015
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a workshop to teach landowners how to better manage their property for bobwhite quail and wild turkeys. “Managing Quail and Turkey in Mississippi” will be presented February 27 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the MDWFP Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson. Topics to be covered include turkey and quail biology, habitat management, and incorporating wildlife management into profitable forestry and agricultural practices. Landowners will also learn about the impacts of predation on game bird populations as well as the answers to commonly asked questions about pen-raised quail, supplemental feeding, and food plots.
|MDWFP and MS Prescribed Fire Council to Host Fire Workshops|
Friday January 30, 2015
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council, and other partners including the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Forestry Commission are hosting workshops to educate landowners about prescribed fire. These workshops will be held in Monroe, Newton, Copiah, and Amite counties on Saturday February 28, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
|Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is January 31|
Tuesday January 27, 2015
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the final statewide youth waterfowl hunting day of the season on January 31, 2015. Adults are encouraged to participate by taking a youth under the age of 16 to experience waterfowl hunting on public or private lands.
|Wildlife Management Area Turkey Hunting Applications Available|
Monday January 26, 2015
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is accepting applications for permitted turkey hunting on selected Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Permitted turkey hunts are offered to provide a quality turkey hunting experience and are available on 19 WMAs across the state. To participate in these hunts, applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws before February 15and have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt.
|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.
|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.